10 - 25 October 2014




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Please note that EXHIBITION is being screened on Wednesday 22 October at Langton Matravers Village Hall not Thursday as shown in the brochure.




 

 


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Unveiling the Opening Film - A National Premiere
Emma Thompson’s EFFIE GRAY,
Friday 10 October, 7.15pm
at the Rex Cinema, Wareham

Introduced by Edward Fox
Purbeck Film Festival is proud and excited to announce a national premiere of Effie Gray to open the 2014 festival.  The distributors, Metrodome, have given us permission to screen this long-awaited film, previously only previewed at National Gallery of Scotland and Tate Britain, at the same time as its London release.  Described by the Edinburgh reporter as “a deftly crafted period drama that flourishes in the hands of its screenwriter and co-star, Emma Thompson”, the cast is star-studded; James Fox, David Suchet, Dakota Fanning (Effie), Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Claudia Cardinale, Derek Jacobi, Greg Wise (Ruskin), Tom Sturridge (Millais) and of course Emma Thompson. 

The legal controversy surrounding the film has been well documented.  It dramatises the love triangle involving Britain’s leading Victorian art critic, John Ruskin, his virginal wife, Effie (Euphemia) and the Pre-Raphaelite painter, John Everett Millais.  Appropriately, for this year’s festival, the film includes exquisite locations in Venice.

The film will be introduced by James Fox’ brother, Edward Fox, (President of Rex Cinema) whose film A Month by the Lake is screened later in the festival on October 24.

The film is preceded by a screening of The Six-Sided Triangle, a short parody on film style.  Oscar nominated, this film is introduced by its director, Christopher Miles.


Tickets are on sale online, at Rex Cinema and Discover Purbeck Information Centre in Wareham.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:57
 
Illustrious Guests Launch the 2014 Festival
Illustrious guests launch the first 2 days of the 2014 Purbeck Film Festival.

Christopher Miles and John Julius Norwich at the Opening Gala and a Special Italian Event, on October 10th and 11th at the Rex Cinema, Wareham.

Purbeck Film Festival is delighted to welcome Christopher Miles and John Julius Norwich to the Rex Cinema on the first full day of the festival, Saturday 11th October at 11.30am where they will be in conversation about their experiences of film, Italy and in particular, Venice. The event, made possible through the generosity of the Dick Odgers’ Memorial Fund, provides a unique opportunity to share their wide and varied experience in film, theatre, scholarship and love of Italy. There will be opportunity for the audience to involve themselves in two fascinating careers. The conversation and Q and A will be followed by a buffet lunch and then at 2.00pm, by Bread and Tulips, a romantic comedy set in Venice, directed by Silvio Soldini. The discussion, lunch and film are all included in a combined ticket. For those who wish to, the Venice theme is continued into the early evening with the acclaimed documentary, The Venice Syndrome, a revealing insight into the present day battle the city has with tourism, as it tries to defend itself against physical and social decay.

Christopher Miles’ interest in film began very early, as he was the youngest person to have a film shown on the  BBC before studying at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques. His varied and successful film output has gained a Golden Globe, an Oscar nomination, as well as a number of accolades from film festivals worldwide, including Cannes. His work spans a wonderfully varied range from satire, Sci-fi, sport to films based upon Genet and DH Lawrence. His cinematic successes earned him a professorial position at The Royal College of Arts. We are celebrating his contribution to film by opening our festival on Friday 10th at 7.30, with his Oscar nominated short satire on film culture, The Six-Sided Triangle with introduction by Christopher.

John Julius Norwich’s illustrious career has spanned academic, literary and media arenas. His extensive publications include historical works on Venice, Greece, Byzantium, English Architecture, New Shell Guides to Britain and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Art. Viscount Norwich has also worked extensively in radio and television, hosting 'My Word' for four years and writing and presenting some 30 television documentaries. He has worked for many charitable projects, most pertinently as former Chairman of Venice in Peril Fund, Chair of the World Monuments Fund and Vice-President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. He has also served on the boards of the National Trust and English National Opera.

Christopher and John Julius met through collaborating on two films directed by Christopher, Love in the Ancient World and Aphrodisias, City of Aphrodite where John Julius Norwich’s extensive knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome proved invaluable to the scripts.

The Festival would like to thank our two guests for launching this year’s festival and invite you to join them on Friday 10th to watch Christopher’s film and Saturday 11th at the Rex for an event which promises to be entertaining and informative.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 18:27
 
Purbeck Film Festival 2014
Mussolini met his death dangling from a lamppost, an ignominious end for Italy’s pompous modern ‘emperor’. Fascism was meant to herald a new age of vigour, strength and direction instead it bred a moral cancer.  This national emptiness and lack of spirit was profoundly felt, amongst others, by a number of filmmakers who, over a decade, developed a movement which became known as Neo-Realism, arguably the most profound change in style and theme that had ever influenced cinema.  It was in essence a moral movement, that hoped to rejuvenate Italy, a renaissance which has continued to influence, partly through the Italian diaspora, filmmakers all over the world.  There probably isn’t a film course which does not give prominence to its celebration and dramatisation of normal life.  The decade of neo-realism, which followed fascism’s collapse lasted until the mid/late 1950s and launched the directorial careers of Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica.

The theme of this year’s Purbeck Film Festival is Italian Film and with good reason. Italian films have won 14 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film more than any other country as well as 12 Palme d’Ors, the second most of any country.

In celebration of Italy’s film heritage the festival will be screening Vittorio  De Sica’s The Garden of Finzi-Continis,  Fellini’s  and Bertolucci’s The Conformist.  There will be approximately 17 Italian films, which show Italy’s continuing presence in world cinema: Golden Door (Emanuella Crialese), Bread and Tulips ( Sylvio Soldini) and two great films by Sorrentino (The Consequences of Love and The Great Beauty). Hollywood’s Italian connection is represented by William Wyler’s Roman Holiday and Billy Wilder’s Avanti!

A film festival should of course aim to satisfy a variety of needs and desires.  This, we hope to achieve by screening films of differing genres and cinematic styles.  For the family we are showing Ernest and Celestine at the Lighthouse, Poole and Pinocchio at the Rex.  We are particularly pleased to screen Allegro Non Troppo, a wonderful parody of Fantasia.  It is an unusually successful mix of different animation styles, great classical music and quirky comedy so different  from the conservativism of Disney’s Fantasia.

The innovative Screen-bites evening is this year filled with The Lunchbox, an Indian love story between two total strangers depicting the encouraging moral that regardless of differences in age and separations in space it is never too late to start again.

For those who wish to connect with film’s archive The Rex will be showing A Night at the Cinema an irreplaceable gem of cinema history which has lost none of its power to move an audience.

Once again the Festival is proud to use the display facilities of the World Heritage Centre at Durlston to curate an exhibition of Italian cinema and, on loan from Aardman, the characters from Creature Comforts. There will be an opportunity to discover how the characters are made.  In addition we are very pleased to announce that on Thursday 16th October at 3pm there will be an illustrated talk about the work of Ray Harryhaussen.

We all hope that 2014 will be as successful as previous years and that our chosen films will be as emotionally, intellectually and aesthetically appealing as always.

STOP  PRESS:  A new venue in Bournemouth
This year we are particularly pleased to announce a new venue at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth where 4 films will be screened. Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth has a wonderful auditorium with great seating and projection.  Purbeck Film Festival is working with the programmer to create an exciting programme of events in the centre of Bournemouth.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 July 2014 15:17
 
Thank You
STARS UNDER THE STARS
Thank you to all who attended our Open Air Cinema shows both at Knoll Beach Studland and in the grounds of Corfe Castle and to the National Trust for letting us use two superb venues.  The three evenings were a great success and will help to support our main festival in October, shame we had to cancel the final film but the weather was against us.  

18th PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL 10 - 25 OCTOBER
Full details of our festival programme will be out in early September on this website and in our Programme Brochure, which will be available from Information Centres, libraries and all our venues.
 
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