Sunday, 24 February 2013

Sunday at Keswick Film Festival

It's the last day of the festival but there's still plenty to see including our afternoon at the Theatre celebrating Benjamin Britten:

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Osprey Winners

There was a huge turnout for the Osprey Short Film Awards today at the Alhambra. The prizes were awarded as follows:

Under 18

Bronze: Scramble
Silver: The Orb
Gold: Dreams

Open Category

Bronze: Circulate
Silver: From Lakeside To Mountain Top
Gold: Romance Of The Skies

The Audience Award, selected by the non-film makers in the audience from all of the films went to New Deal 

Congratulation to all the film makers, we can't wait to see what you make for next year's competition.

Saturday at Keswick Film Festival

Twelve films to choose from today including the free family film this morning at The Alhambra, two films on Rheged's Imax screen and two films introduced by John Hurt.

This afternoon the Osprey Short Film Awards take place - a real highlight of the festival celebrating local film making talent.

Today's films:

Friday, 22 February 2013

Friday at Keswick Film Festival

Today is the first full day of the festival and here's what's on offer:

Thursday, 21 February 2013

14th Keswick Film Festival Starts Tonight

The 14th Keswick Film Festival starts tonight at The Theatre By The Lake. Pass holders are invited to our opening party from 6:30pm to sample food and drink from our kind sponsors. At 7:30pm our opening film is Michael Winterbottom's Everyday, a film Mark Kermode said is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

There are more than 30 films on offer over the rest of the weekend, choosing what to see is going to be hard for some but we hope you all have a fantastic time.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

What Are You Going To See Next Sunday?

We asked our programmer, David Miller, to guide you through Saturday at the Festival.

The final day is another cornucopia of choice! This year the Festival is making full use of The Main House and Studio at the Theatre By The Lake, as well as the Alhambra cinema. That means a total of 13 presentations. So, what are they? Sunday begins at 11.00. In the Main House, Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group present the first film to be made in Occupied Palestine in over 15 years (Habibi). It presents an insider view of this much maligned State and is a great opportunity to experience life as it actually is albeit as told in a fictional story. Again we have a guest born and who lived for some years in Gaza to talk about the film and the political situation. The Studio has the biopic of that amazing Jazz musician, Ken Skyora in the documentary The Man With The Jazz Guitar. Over at the Alhambra there is a rare chance to see a film originating from Africa; La Pirogue. Following that at the Alhambra there is a documentary, this time about one of the world’s foremost photographers, McCullin. Down at The Theatre the distinctly musical theme continues with the story of Benjamin Britten in Peace and Conflict where we welcome many of the young cast. Only previewed last week it will be introduced by director Tony Britten with Anwen Rees Myers the producer and with John Hurt who provides the voiceover. The Studio presentation also features a young cast  but in a very different environment. Kauwboy was the Netherlands entry for the Oscars, and is one that is well worth catching. Mid-afternoon then has three highly distinctive choices. Do you opt to listen to (and question) two of the most brilliant minds in British cinema (Tony Britten and Don Boyd), watch a touching movie called Touch, or an intriguing horror oriented drama, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh. That then leads onto an equally taxing choice. Don Boyd hosts a screening of War Requiem – stunning anti war film that uses the music of Benjamin Britten and poems of Wilfred Owen to quite outstanding effect. The Studio welcomes Jan Feull from the Bfi to host the archive screening of Steel; this follows previous year’s archive portrayals of the Coal and Shipbuilding industries. And, The Alhambra has the emotionally powerful A Simple Life.

The closing presentation then takes place at The Alhambra, commencing 20.45. Ashes is another great British film that deserves a wide distribution and we are delighted to be able to bring it to Keswick. A worthy end to what we hope you will agree is a great festival and we look forward to seeing you at many of the presentations.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

What Are You Going To See Next Saturday?

We asked our programmer, David Miller, to guide you through Saturday at the Festival.

Saturday sees a jam packed programme and the welcome return of Rheged as an official venue.  For early risers and those interested in human rights, Stealing A Nation at the Theatre at 09.30 is a thought-provoking start to the day with speakers from the Chagossian Support Group,  as is the film that follows - Back To The Square.  For all the family there is Rise of the Guardians at the Alhambra at 10.30. This is a free entry  - available from the cinema.  This film is a first time screening in Keswick and is a brilliant story told through use of stunning animation. Short-film makers then have the opportunity to compete for the Osprey awards and for those who love short-films this is a golden chance to see some superb presentations. Alternatively, at Rheged there are two quite magnificent films and with use of the IMAX screen will be truly glorious.  Chasing Ice and Nostalgia For The Light are multi-award winners and both take our planet as the core of their story but in contrasting content and style. Simultaneously at the Theatre there is a meditation on the passing of time in the haunting Found Memories.

Late afternoon is a straight choice between the life-affirming bio-pic, Rupture or the award-winning Good Vibrations. One is the true story of how Bond girl Maryam D’abo survived a brain haemorrhage and the other tells the story of Belfast music legend Terri Hooley, making full use of the music he helped create. Early evening is another humdinger of a choice - Patron John Hurt’s pick, Tulpan, introduced by our patron, or one of the most intense dramas you are likely to see, The Wave.   Saturday closes with our John Hurt special, Owning Mahowny with John doing a Q&A after the film, or the equally brilliant depiction of boarding-school life, Evil.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

What Are You Going To See on Friday?

We asked our programmer, David Miller, to guide you through the first full day of the Festival.

Friday begins with the either the story of one of the most iconic photographs ever taken (Men at Lunch) or a depiction of youthful Iranians (Circumstance) that actually shows that country as it is. After that the choice really heats up! Israel (Yossi), America (Scent of a Woman) or Japan (I Wish)? Human drama, Oscar winning classic or charming children?  Early evening sees the pupils of St Herbert’s school present their Story of St Kentigern performing music with a film they have made. There is also a visit by renowned doctor Lucy Mathen, who will present her film, Junction For Having Fun and finally at the Alhambra there is the searing drama about the effects of bullying, Play. Friday closes with another three-way choice - cult American horror in a special new version hosted by co-director Russell Cherrington (Nightbreed - the Cabal Cut), the gripping story of an Iranian woman who goes missing (About Elly from the maker of award winning A Separation) or the stunning portrayal of the effects of social networking (Suicide Room).  And that is just the first full day!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Ospreys 2013 Shortlist

The shortlisted films for the 2013 Osprey Short Film Awards are:
Under 18s
Dreams submitted by Matthew Wood
The Orb submitted by Signal Films
The Reviers Curse submitted by Activity Films
Scramble submitted by Adam Pickford
Open Category
Believe submitted by Richard Addlesee
Circulate submitted by Ewan Dyer
Corby the Two Penny Village submitted by David Robinson
From Lakeside to Mountain Top submitted by Tracey Walker
King Lecturer Alkebulani submitted by Oliver Theakston
New Deal submitted by John Lebbon
Romance of the Skies submitted by John Hamlett
Sketch submitted by Tracey Walker

All of these films will be screened at The Alhambra on Saturday 23rd February 2pm and the winners will be announced and presented with prizes by John Hurt.

More details will be added to soon.