A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT

 

Lady Cotton

 Welcome everybody once again to the ever-varied Purbeck Film Festival for its 21st birthday. Understandably captured as we are by local and national issues, and governed by the routines of everyday life, it is important to appreciate constantly other concerns and other voices operating in our world. Cinema is a very effective medium for just such a need. To paraphrase the British Film Institute, an organisation to which we are indebted for support every year, we need to listen and learn from the other voices which flow from the diverse range of British and international film making past, present and future.

 

From New Zealand to Sweden and from Japan to Brazil, 24 countries are represented in the festival. They provide a wonderfully enjoyable way of encountering the world and its variety of human experiences. From the light hearted (Dough) to the deadly serious (Eye in the Sky), from the female perspective (Aquarius), to the black experience (I am not your Negro), from the classic (La Strada) to the contemporary (My Life as a Courgette), the festival aims to satisfy as many desires as possible and as many issues as practical.

 

I hope you will all enjoy what you see and hear and continue to support this great event. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Lady Cotton

President of the Purbeck Film Festival

 

ABOUT THE PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL 

Purbeck Film Charitable Trust is a not for profit organisation and registered Charity.  The Trust now runs the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema, both as community ventures.  Each year the number of venues increased and in 2017, 21 years later, the number of venues is over 30 including village halls, pubs, restaurants, hotels, arts centres, castles and importantly the Rex Cinema, Wareham, The Lighthouse Arts Centre Poole and Durlston Castle, Swanage.  The first Festival President was Sir Bill Cotton, Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC, and upon his death, Lady Cotton kindly took over his role. The aim of the Festival is to bring films to areas of rural Dorset ill served by access to cinemas often in the form of memorable community events such as the outdoor screenings at Corfe Castle and on Studland Beach.  It also aims to expand audience choice by screening arthouse, classic, independent and foreign language films in a wide and often quirky range of venues.  Purbeck Film Festival also runs an international short film competition which encourages young directors to submit their work to a panel of judges.  Currently, the competition receives entries from all over the world. 

 

The actor and Rex President Edward Fox has commented ‘You won’t see films like this outside London’, a view perhaps shared by the BFI, who support and endorse the Festival.  The Festival audience numbers are growing annually and with the generous support of Dame Maggie Smith last year are set to rise even more.  The Purbeck Film Festival continues to serve its original and important role and is now a member of the South West and West Midlands BFI Regional Hub which support the promotion of British specialised and independent film. 

 

Purbeck Film Festival Committee

Chairperson: Andrea Etherington
Claire Burns, Peter Handy, Woody Harding, Richard Jacobs (Treasurer), Ruth Jordan, Lynn Lennox, Tim Morris, Julie Sharman (Trust Manager).

 

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