Monday, 23 December 2019

Full Programme for the 21st Keswick Film Festival

Our full programme for the 21st Keswick Film Festival is now on the website – and David Miller has worked his magic again to bring you a superb weekend of film.

As well as the titles we have already mentioned, there is The Personal History of David Copperfield as the family film on Saturday, a joyous romp written by Armando Iannucci; inspired by the work that Carlisle College is doing with the Patrons Legacy Project we have two more films starring their subject, Tilda Swinton – Only Lovers Left Alive and The Souvenir; there is The Tobacconist, a young boy’s encounter with Sigmund Freud; two fascinating Turkish films Noah Land and Belonging; the marvellous So Long My Son, a film that is collecting plaudit after plaudit and; as it is far too long since we last had a Bulgarian/Japanese co-production, we bring you A Picture with Yuki.

Here's hoping that the KFF programme is an early Christmas present to you all. From all of us at Keswick Film Club, have a wonderful festive break and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

Thursday, 19 December 2019

Opening Film - The Runaways

With the help of a fantastically successful crowd-funding campaign, the Alhambra has had a make-over which has transformed the place, using heritage colours. Carol, Alan, Tom and Sylvia’s aim was to ‘Restore the Glory’ and boy, have they achieved it. Stripping back years of paint has revealed all kinds of features – it is going to look wonderful with a full house on the opening night for The Runaways.

Director Richard Heap will be here to introduce his film, the story of an epic crossing of the Pennines by three children in search of their estranged mother. The Yorkshire Post said "Huge praise has to go to director/writer Richard Heap whose unique screenplay evokes a range of emotions from laughter to tears. This is an uplifting and atmospheric story. The film is ultimately a celebration of childhood and the importance of home and family ties."

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Light and Shade at the Festival

We are going to play with your emotions this time at Keswick Film Festival.

Our films will take you to some dark places – the brutality of colonial Australia for example in The Nightingale a revenge drama that is a tough watch but so well worth the effort. Tumbbad is an Indian horror/fantasy film to be screened at Rheged on Saturday afternoon. It is a genre that will be new to most of us – but where else than KFF are you going to see a film like that? Then there is Takshe Miike’s First Love, described as 'Kill Bill meets Baby Driver' and 'a carnage of chaos'!

On a lighter note, Friday at the Festival kicks off with Amanda, a moving film about a young girl, orphaned by a terrorist atrocity, taken under the wing of her uncle. Bill Nighy returns to the Festival (on screen at least!) in Hope Gap, playing opposite Annette Bening and we close the Festival with another American leading lady – Susan Sarandon is absolutely superb in Roger (Notting Hill, My Cousin Rachel) Michell’s Blackbird.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

The best of the best at the Fest

Sight & Sound magazine has just published its 50 best films of 2019. Favourites from this year’s Festival that made it into the list were In FabricBorder and Happy as Lazzaro.

That should make KFF 2019 a very hard act to follow but there are more gems from the list waiting for you in the 2020 programmeThe Farewell, Monos, For Sama, Midsommar, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Parasite and the poll-topping The Souvenir are all lined up, along with a healthy sprinkling of pre-releases that will doubtlessly make their way onto Sight & Sounds' list for 2020.