Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Audience Award

To celebrate its tenth birthday, the organisers of Keswick Film Festival this year decided to give an Audience Award - along the lines of Sundance, Berlin, Venice and Cannes - to the film that was voted most popular and enjoyable in the minds of Keswick audiences.

And the winner is...Young@Heart, an American film about a choir of seventy-somethings (and older - some much older!) who have made a huge impact in their own country and abroad by adapting very modern music (Sonic Youth's 'Schizophrenia', James Brown's 'I Feel Good', Coldplay's 'Fix You', for example) to their own style - a style of great rhythm and clarity of expression, which enhances the audience's and their own enjoyment of their combined effort. It’s a very uplifting story of a committed group overcoming illness - even the death of some choristers - to achieve a high standard of singing and a positive effect on listeners: one of the most memorable scenes is their visit to a local prison, where many inmates are reduced to tears through their emotional response to the choir's music, and their gratitude at having someone caring about them.

The two films which were narrowly beaten to the Audience Award were Four Minutes and Lemon Tree - the former a highly dramatic film from Germany about an elderly piano teacher training a young convict at a women's penitentiary, and the latter an Israeli film based on the true story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon grove when a new Israeli Defence Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her trees torn down. Both were well worth their high scores in festival-goers' voting, but it was the 'feelgood' Young@Heart that won the day.

Monday, 16 February 2009

More Sunday Pictures

Some more photos from Sunday

Sunday at KFF 10

Photos from Sunday

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Saturday at KFF 10

Sunday At Keswick FIlm Festival

Films showing on Sunday at Keswick Film Festival:

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Day 2

Heavy Load gig

Saturday At Keswick Film Festival

Films showing on Saturday at Keswick Film Festival

Friday, 13 February 2009

More Opening Night Photos

Opening Night Photos

Some images from the opening night of KFF10

Friday At Keswick Film Festival

Films for Friday At Keswick Film Festival:

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

KFF on Twitter

If you're a twitter user and want to talk about the festival then please use the tag #kff10 and it will appear on the main blog page.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

1 Week To Go

Our 10th birthday present 'Accelerate' filmed in Keswick, with local people, from a script by Frank Cottrell Boyce will be shown before Dean Spanley, before Hilary and Jackie and before Grow Your Own. It will also be shown at a free screening at the Alhambra on Sunday at 15.30 with a local hour-long film Call It What You Want - described as 'more than just a climbing film.'

More programme changes:
  • In the City of Sylvia has had to be withdrawn and is replaced by Wendy and Lucy
  • Anvil is moved to Saturday 19.15 at the Alhambra and replaced at 13.00 on Friday by Satanic Angels
  • Forget About Me has been withdrawn for music copyright reasons, but will be replaced by Butterfly Kiss
Remember to get your passes and tickets, and to secure a seat in the Studio: pass-holders must get a Studio ticket! There will be a flier with up to date programmes available at the KFF Desk in the Theatre during the Festival.