Swindon film fans will have the opportunity in April to see some of the best recent films from around the world during the 2010 Swindon Film Festival.
The event which runs from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 April, is titled ‘Around the World in 80 Hours’, and will include films made in Antarctica, Australia, Brazil, Burma, Canada….to name just a few of the places on the journey.
Festival organiser, Barbara Thompson from Swindon Film Society, said, “we’re going to visit some extraordinary places and meet some extraordinary people! It’s a real celebration of the fascinating world we live in.”
The Festival begins at 1pm on Thursday 8 in the centre of Swindon, with an exciting afternoon of films and fun events for children and families on the Big Screen at Wharf Green.
‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS’ – The Progamme
Thurday 8 April, Swindon Central Library
BURMA VJ – SOLD OUT
Armed only with video cameras, a tenacious band of Burmese reporters face down death to expose the repressive regime controlling their country (Cert 12A)
Friday 9 April
2.30pm. Town Hall Theatre, Swindon Dance
ONLY WHEN I DANCE
A real-life ‘Billy Elliot’ – teenagers from the slums of Rio struggle against the odds to get admitted to a top international ballet school (Cert PG)
5.30pm. WHITE WEDDING – UK PREMIERE!
Feelgood comedy from South Africa about Elvis and his best man Tumi, on the road from Jo’burg to Cape Town for Elvis’ wedding (Cert 12A)
8pm. SAMSON AND DELILAH
After tragedy strikes, two Aboriginal teenagers are forced out of their rural community – this unconventional love story is ultimately one of hope and second chances (Cert 15)
Tickets £5 per film (£4 concessions), available from Swindon Dance, Old Town Hall or Swindon Information Centre, Regent Street
Saturday10 April, The Vic, Victoria Road
1.30pm. ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL
Warm-hearted and often hilarious documentary about a Canadian heavy metal band’s last ditch attempt to make the big time (Cert 15)
3.30pm. RETURN TO GOREE
Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour explores Africa’s enduring musical legacy in the company of some of the world’s finest jazz musicians. (Cert 12A)
Tickets £3 per film, available from The Vic
6.30pm. Lower Shaw Farm, Old Shaw Lane
A double bill of recent films featuring stunning photography, and raising important issues about the sustainability of life in the countryside.
SLEEP FURIOUSLY is set in a small farming community in mid Wales;
MODERN LIFE chronicles a year in the life of farmers in Haute Garonne. (Cert PG)
Tickets £12, for the double bill, including supper. Must be booked in advance. Available from Lower Shaw Farm or Swindon Information Centre, Regent Street
Sunday 11 April. Swindon Arts Centre, Devizes Road
2.15pm. THE NAMESAKE
Mira Nair’s drama about a Bengali couple bringing up their children in New York brings us a vibrant celebration of love, loyalty and family. (Cert 12A)
5pm. ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
Director Werner Herzog explores the raw beauty and raw humanity of Antarctica, a land of fire, ice and corrosive solitude – the ultimate Down Under (Cert U)
A gentle, humorous and affecting drama from Japan about an unemployed cellist who takes an unexpected career change – as an undertaker (Cert 12A)
Tickets £5 per film (£4 concessions), available from Swindon Arts Centre or Swindon Information Centre, Regent Street
Full details of the Festival programme are on the website www.swindonfilmfestival.org or phone 01793 330639 for more information