Welcome to the 28th Purbeck Film festival. The 2023 Film Guide will be out next week but all films are live and ready for ticket sales on this website: 87 film screenings, 1 film preview, 6 VIP Q&As, 31 venues over 2 weeks.
The central theme of this year’s festival concerns the lives of children and teenagers. As children’s experiences help to define our future, we hope that our chosen films highlight the difficulties that some children face. We are screening four films depicting different aspects of Indian culture. Other strands in this year’s programme are devoted to two giants of the world of art: Vermeer and Hopper; two French evenings, one Spanish evening, a New Zealand evening centering on Maori children and an affectionate and nostalgic visit to the world of Tony Hancock in the company of the Tony Hancock Society.
The festival is very sorry to hear of the death of Swanage’s Brian West who was an important figure behind the camera in both television and cinema. We are screening 84 Charing Cross Road in honour of his successful and productive career.
Following on from last year, we are thrilled to be holding 8 screenings at Bridport’s much-loved Electric Palace. We are also proud to again announce the extra special film screenings at Creech Grange, the Waterworks in Swanage and, for the first time, Careys Secret Garden near Wareham. All will be a truly memorable evening and we recommend booking quickly for these as they have small capacities and sell out fast.
We are also delighted to be running film and food evenings with the 29029 restaurant in Sandford, Nusara Thai Fire Kitchen in Wimborne and Pine Martin Grange will be hosting their generous cheese and wine reception before the film at the adjacent Sandford Heritage Hall.
We do hope that you thoroughly enjoy your evenings spent in our festival and in our ‘cinemas’ which range from those with historical importance and grandeur to the comfortable and the quirky.