This year’s Swindon Film Festival, which opens on 1 March is giving strong support to our local film industry.
The programme features 18 films screening at venues in and around Swindon between 1st and 10th March, and includes many recent award-winning British and international titles, including four – ‘Midnight in Paris’, ‘Chico and Rita’, ‘Pina’, and ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy‘ – that are in the running for Oscar prizes this weekend.
But the festival will also celebrate film making talent from nearer to home.
The opening evening sees the Swindon heat of Preloader, Wiltshire’s annual competition for young filmmakers and emerging creative talent, at the Wyvern Theatre; and in the afternoon of 10th March there will be a workshop session for local film makers to show and talk about their current work.
And there are also three main feature films with a local interest in the festival –
First up, on Sunday 4 March at 2:30 pm , is the engaging Oxfordshire-based documentary ‘WAY OF THE MORRIS’, in which Adderbury-born film maker Tim Plester traces the history of the Adderbury Morris Men from the present day back to the battlefields of the Somme. The film will be heralded by a display of Morris dancing in Regent Circus by the Icknield Way Morris Men from 2:00 – 2:30 pm (weather permitting!
Also on Sunday, at 5pm, is the WW2 drama ‘RESISTANCE‘. Set in rural Wales, it’s the directorial debut of Oxford based film maker Amit Gupta, and imagines the consequences if the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944 had failed and Britain fell under Nazi occupation. The locally based Coleshill Auxilliary
Research Team (CART), which is documenting the British Resistance movement in WW2, were advisors to the film makers.
And the finale evening of the festival includes the quirky spy-thriller ‘ELIMINATE: ARCHIE COOKSON’. Starring Paul Rhys and Claire Skinner (Outnumbered), the film was made entirely on location in Bristol, and was written and directed Bristol-born film maker Rob Holder. Though not – as yet – widely screened in the UK, the film has recently been doing very well on the US film festival circuit.
The film’s sound design and mix was created by Royal Wootton Bassett based sound and picture company Dreambase Studios. Mark Kenna, one of the company’s directors, said: “I’m delighted that Swindon Film Festival is featuring ‘Archie’ in its programme. It’s a brilliant film made with high production values, it’s a pity that independent British film makers have such a hard job getting their films into UK cinemas. It’s really great that we have festivals like this one that give us all a chance to see what terrific talent we have here on our doorstep.”
Pictured above Mark Hudd and Mark Kenna of Dreambase Studios (Read the swindonlink feature)
Information about all the films and other events in the festival are on the website www.swindonfilmfestival.org. Tickets for films are on sale now at the Visitor Information Centre in Swindon Central Library, telephone 01793 466454 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival organiser Barbara Hoffbauer says: “Advance tickets are selling well, and some of our venues are quite small, so we do recommend that people book in advance if they can, or check our website for updates about availability nearer the time.”
Icknield Way Morris Men: http://www.
Dreambase Studios: http://www.dreambasestudios.
Way of the Morris: http://www.wayofthemorris.com/
Eliminate Archie Cookson: http://www.