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Fundraising Event at Hethfelton House in November

Fundraising Event at Hethfelton House in November

The Purbeck Film Festival and Jim Cronin Memorial Fund are proud to announce a special Gala Screening Event at Hethfelton House on Saturday, 30 November. Dr Alison Cronin, Director of Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre will present a keynote speech at the event, followed by a screening of the gripping documentary Project Nim (12A, 2011).

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THE 23RD PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES TO A FULL HOUSE

THE 23RD PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES TO A FULL HOUSE

Our strongest Purbeck Film Festival to date closed with two films and a full house for The Souvenir at the Rex Cinema on Saturday, 2 November 2019. Huge thanks to all our fantastic audiences, participants and special guests, sponsors, advertisers, funders and friends, without whom the festival would not be possible.

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Director Carl Hunter introduces his film Sometimes Always Never

Director Carl Hunter introduces his film Sometimes Always Never

We are very grateful to Carl Hunter, Director of Sometimes Always Never, who has sent through a personalised introduction to be screened before the film tonight at the sell out event in Corfe Castle.

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Sarah Outen feeds back from Durlston

Sarah Outen feeds back from Durlston

Last night I presented our film 'Home' to a sell out crowd at the lovely, fuzzily warmly welcoming Purbeck Film Festival in the characterful Durlston Castle. A castle!!! When our film pimp (!) @jonnytull asked me way back if I’d like to present the film in a castle I zoned out of the rest of the info about the festival. A castle. I was sold. Then last night hearing how this 23 year old festival plays five films a night for two weeks across a range of venues, from pubs to castles and everything in between I got the sense of a real collective of energies working together to share and enjoy film in Dorset-and I fell in love. I and @lightshedpictures (in spirit) and our film received such a warm, tender welcome, full of support and curiosity and laughter. Organiser Andrea introduced the film as 'brave and existential' - I'll take that and put it with the 'elegant voiceover' that came with our @Guardian review last week. I'm generally more elephant than elegant, so that's one for the record. Anyway . Thankyou lovely @purbeckfilmfestival and all your team and the audience for coming out to play. Sarah Outen http://www.sarahoutenhome.com/film-screenings

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The film Industry feeds back from 606

The film Industry feeds back from 606

Thank you to everyone at the gorgeous @REXWAREHAM and @purbeckfilm for inviting me to present #StyxFilm last night. Wonderful hospitality and a thoughtful, engaged, insightful audience. For anyone who missed it, the film is now available to rent or buy on 606distribution.co.uk/Styx

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PURBECK SHORTS COMPETITION WINNERS

PURBECK SHORTS COMPETITION WINNERS

A fantastic evening and a full house enjoyed the short film submissions at the Purbeck International Short Film Competition last night. Thank you to NFU Mutual Wessex for sponsoring this event. The winners are listed below (click read more)

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LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA: FREE SECOND SHORT PREVIEW SCREENING ANNOUNCED

LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA: FREE SECOND SHORT PREVIEW SCREENING ANNOUNCED

Due to the popularity of this short preview event, we are pleased to announce that a second screening will now take place on Tuesday, 29 October at 6pm at the Rex Cinema.

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Dramatic Documentaries

Dramatic Documentaries

Documentaries have risen from the fiction film’s poor relation to becoming flagship cultural events, around which genuine social change can occur. This year the PFF has a number of documentaries, click read more to read on....


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An original take on kids entertainment

An original take on kids entertainment

If your prefer something more thoughtful and educational for your family entertainment, the film festival is where to look.  We can offer you the chance to see films that will transport you and your family across the world with ...


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Festival Alert - New Special Guest Announced!

Festival Alert - New Special Guest Announced!

We are thrilled to announce that Dame Janet Suzman will be joining Christopher Miles at the ME Research charity screening of Priest of Love on Sunday 20th October.

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Themes of Crossing Borders

Themes of Crossing Borders

The theme of a border is emphasised in a number of films such as Styx, where a group of African refugees meet a lone yachtswoman in their attempt to discover a new life in Europe. Read below for other films that fall under this theme.


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Themes of Music

Themes of Music

Films with much loved melodies and memorable rhythms, but which also remind us of the difficulties and dangers of stardom and global success. See the 7 films within our theme of music by clicking below on read more.

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Themes of the Environment

Themes of the Environment

Ecological sustainability is fast becoming the key concern of the 21st century and three of our films reflect this. Leonardo DiCaprio’s timely précis Before the Flood, deals with the complex concerns involved in global warming. Blue offers a beautiful hymn to the sea whilst warning us of the dangers of oceanic pollution, and The Biggest Little Farm portrays an uplifting story of an incredibly self-sustaining project in California.

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Themes of the Sea

Themes of the Sea

Films that give prominence to the sea make up one of our four themes this year, four of these films can be seen at Durlston - a recently refurbished castle overlooking the sea on the Jurassic Coast. A more perfect venue would be harder to find. Take a look at the films relating to the sea by clicking on read more.

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A warm welcome to our new venues for 2019

A warm welcome to our new venues for 2019

We are pleased and proud to welcome some new venues to this year's Purbeck Film Festival and we are excited to present these to you, with a great selection of films to choose from...

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FAMILY FILM TO OPEN THIS YEAR'S EVENTS BEFORE MAIN FEATURE

FAMILY FILM TO OPEN THIS YEAR'S EVENTS BEFORE MAIN FEATURE

We are delighted to announce a special FILM PREVIEW (by kind courtesy of Parkland Pictures) of The Biggest Little Farm, to open our 23rd Purbeck Film Festival. Join us on our opening day, Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 6pm, for this wonderful, vibrant and compelling family-friendly documentary which is to screen before our evening feature at 8.30pm. We would like to extend our thanks to Lotek for sponsoring this event screening.

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F RATED FILMS

F RATED FILMS

The BFI have produced research which shows that only 7% of the top 250 films in 2016 were directed by women. In terms of the roles of director, producer, writer, executive producer, cinematographer and editor, only 20% were women. 25% of all films had no women at all in any of these roles. These statistics describe an industry where the vast majority of those involved in cinematic story-telling are male and invariably white, middle-class and middle-aged.

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THE PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL FILM GUIDE IS HERE!

THE PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL FILM GUIDE IS HERE!

We are pleased to announce that this year's Purbeck Film Festival Film Guide 2019, in its new A5 format, is here! Get your copy now from the Rex Cinema in Wareham and shops in the town, including the Tourist Information Centre; Film Guides are also available from Swanage Tourist Information Centre, and many venues throughout Swanage. All venues also now have our guides. Please contact us if you would like one!

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WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND FUNDERS

WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND FUNDERS

We are very grateful to the BFI Film Audience Network for their unstinting support of the festival. This year we welcome Purbeck Ice Cream as our main festival sponsor along with a new corporate sponsor NFU Mutual Wessex who are supporting the Purbeck Shorts Night. We would also like to thank all our film screening sponsors, listed below.



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