Tuesday, 21 November 2017

More Festival Films

We have added some remarkable stories to the programme for KFF in February, both fictional and from real life:

Edie, starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie (Dunkirk) is the story of an older lady’s desire to climb a mountain after a lifetime of bitterness and resentment. "Sheila Hancock delivers the performance of a lifetime, she's an absolute legend, who at 84 offers a strong reminder that age is but a number. Her delivery of humour, emotion and duress is impeccable." - Mike McGrail

A Fantastic Woman is Chile’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar and winner of a Silver Bear at Berlin. A Fantastic Woman is a powerful and uplifting film that follows the story of Marina, a trans gender woman, who is treated with suspicion and prejudice after the death of her lover. "Daniela Vega carries the weight of the narrative on her shoulders, delivering a captivating and raw performance" - CineVue

Human Flow – Director Ai Weiwei has brought his artist’s eye to this immensely moving account of the global refugee crisis. The scale of Ai Weiwei’s film and the breadth of the problems he recounts makes this a natural choice for Rheged’s IMAX screen. "A stunning, provocative meditation on the state of a world" - Laura DeMarco

First Films for 2018 Festival

As the leaves turn and the nights draw in, it is of course, time to be thinking about Keswick Film Festival. The first films are booked and the festival passes are on sale at the Theatre by the Lake.

Already confirmed, we have award winners galore, striking documentaries and many films that you will only ever get to see in Cumbria by coming to the Festival! To whet your appetite, here is a sneak peek at a couple of the films we will be screening:

The Square – After the Handmaid’s Tale and Top of the Lake Elisabeth Moss is an actor at the very top of her game. Supported by Dominic West (The Wire) The Square is outlandishly funny and a biting social satire. Winner of the Palme D’Or at Cannes in 2017.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Coen Brothers’ favourite, Frances McDormand, stars alongside Woody Harrelson in Martin McDonagh’s follow up to In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Winner of the People’s Choice Award at Toronto International Film Festival 2017

Many of you will remember Matt Glasby who came up to the Festival last year as one of our guest critics. On his recommendation we have The Work, described by Matthew Turner as "Fascinating and deeply moving, this fly-on- the-wall doc about Folsom Prison's unconventional group therapy program packs a powerful punch".


Thursday, 23 February 2017

2017 Audience Award Results

As ever, documentaries scored highly at KFF, with Life, Animated (92.1%) gaining the biggest overall score, closely followed by We Are Many (91.7%) and Paths of the Soul (87.7%).


Loving (84%) was voted the best dramatic film, with Manchester by the Sea (82.5%) and Tanna (81.1%) not far behind. There were over 1250 4* or 5* ratings for films at the Festival. As ever, though, the KFF audience bucked the trend as La La Land was given something of a thumbs down.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Festival Awards

We asked film critics Matt Glasby, Karen Krizanovich and Ali Catterall to nominate a film for the inaugural Keswick Film Festival's Critic's Award. On Saturday we showed Matt's choice of Son Of Saul, Karen's selection of Arrival and ended the night with Ali's late night screening of Raw. On Sunday Matt, Karen and Ali put forward their cases for their films, the audience vote was combined with Saturday's rating and we declared Arrival the winner.

The Osprey Short Film Awards also took place on Saturday and both the Judges Award and the Audience Award went to A Shepherd's Hand. This 5 minute film directed by Richard Berry and Jago Miller is based on a poem written by Geoff Cox following his attempt at the endurance run of the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge.

Writer (and endurance runner) Geoff Cox with the Osprey prize certificates

We're still counting all the votes for the Audience Award for new films at the festival but should have the results soon.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Sunday At The Festival

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Saturday At The Festival

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Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday At The Festival

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