The 2018 Festival Programme

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8:00pm Friday 2nd February: Golden Years (Grand Theft OAP)
Introduced by its Producer, Mark Foligno and Actor/Executive Producer Brad Moore.

Golden Years stillWe are delighted to open the Festival with this star-studied quintessentially British comedy: Arthur and Martha Goode (Hill and McKenna) have the security of their quiet suburban retirement turned upside-down by the pensions crisis. Fate, though, steps in and they discover that crime not only pays, but pays rather well and they embark on a caravan tour of National Trust properties, stopping en route to rob banks. You’ll have noticed that the film boasts a truly cracking cast and may be wondering how they fit in. Well, obviously, they join the gang, if they aren’t already in the Police…
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5

10:00am Saturday 3rd February: Short Film Forum
Introduced by filmmaker Edward Burgos.

Short Film ForumA regular feature of The Festival, the Forum provides an opportunity to watch, explore and discuss the world of short film making with both makers and enthusiasts. Led by Edward Burgos each film will be introduced by its director. There will be a group Q&A following the screenings.

Details of the Short Film Forum can be found here.
Doors: 9:30am
Tickets: FREE TO ALL

2:00pm Saturday 3rd February: Enemy, My Friend?
Enemy My Friend still

An extraordinary documentary of reconciliation between mortal enemies…

Eric Lomax, a 23 year-old British officer, was captured by the Japanese and put to work building the notorious Burma Siam railway. By the Kwai Bridge, he and six colleagues were caught with tiny radio receivers built out of salvage. Arrested and tortured by the Japanese military police, six of them died. But, somehow, Lomax survived.

For the next fifty years Eric suffered the acute mental and physical effects of his torture while continuing the lonely pursuit of his interrogator. And then he received a booklet written by a Japanese and published in English, in which his torture is clearly described by an obvious eyewitness - Nagase Takashi. Lomax had his man…

This extraordinary documentary, filmed by Mike Finlason, charts the build-up to, and first emotionally charged meeting between them.

We are honoured to be screening this gripping – and self-funded - documentary with Eric’s own blessing. 40 minutes you won’t forget.

Click HERE for further information or to purchase the DVD.

Doors: 1:30pm
Tickets: £5

5:00pm Saturday 3rd February: London Symphony
Introduced by its Director, Alex Barrett.

London Symphony

Four years in the making, this joyous new silent film, with music composed by James McWilliam, is a poetic journey through the life of a city – an artistic snapshot of today’s London and a glorious celebration of its culture and diversity.

Genres come, go and come back again. And now, thanks to Alex, the City Symphony at last falls into the latter category. Their avant-garde heyday, heavily influenced by Cubism, Constructivism, and Impressionism, was in the 1920s and ‘30s and focussed on New York, Paris and Berlin. London was not included. This terrible sleight has finally been rectified. But this is no pastiche - Alex has eschewed the frenzied vortex of interwar art and, instead, chosen a studied and poetic reflection that actually suits our zeitgeist. This is not the surface of an imagined London, but the heart of the real London; the London in which we may not live, but live close by and recognise.

The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, and was the winner of four categories in the Silent London Poll of 2017: Best Silent Film DVD/Blu-Ray Release, Best Silent Film Theatrical Release, Best Modern Silent of 2017 and Silent Hero of 2017 (for director/editor Alex Barrett).

Click HERE for the official trailer, reviews and more.

Doors: 4:30pm
Tickets: £5

8:00pm Saturday 3rd February: God’s Own Country
2017 / UK / 105 min. / Colour
Director: Francis Lee
Starring: Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart, Gemma Jones

God's Own Country still Francis Lee’s semi-autobiographical directorial debut stars Josh O'Connor and Alec Secareanu in the powerful, unsentimental and raw love story of Johnny, a young Yorkshire sheep farmer whose life is transformed by the arrival of a Romanian migrant worker. The film was the only UK-based production to feature in the World Drama Category at the 2017 Sundance Festival where it won the World Cinema Directing Award. It also won three awards at that year’s BIFAs: Best Screenwriter, Actor and sound.
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £5

11:00am Sunday 4th February: Indie Film Forum
Indie Film ForumWe welcome Col Spector to talk on, and answer questions about, the UK Independent Film Industry and, especially, the benefits of micro-budget film making.

Details of the Indie Film Forum can be found here.
Doors: 10:30am
Tickets: FREE TO ALL

2:00pm Sunday 4th February: Honeymooner
Introduced by writer/director Col Spector

2010 / UK / 75 min. / Colour
Director: Col Spector
Starring: Gerard Kearns, Daisy Haggard, Chris Coghill, Al Weaver, Montserrat Roig de Puig, Wunmi Mosaku, Lisa Faulkner

Honeymooner stillTwenty-something Fran Goldman (Kearns) offered his fiancée everything – including his heart and a two-bed penthouse in Kentish Town. But four weeks before their wedding, she bales. Preferring London to a solitary honeymoon, Fran remains convinced that she’ll change her mind. But when he sees her with her new boyfriend, dreams of reconciliation are dashed. He has to move on, aided by friends. Perhaps, though, choosing a Rabbi’s house as a pick-up joint might not be the best place to find either women or salvation…

The genesis of Col’s short, sweet and likable film lies in a chance meeting. He picks up the story: "I bumped into a friend of mine on the day he was meant to get married. His fiancee had called it off. So it started with this idea that this guy was giving a woman everything he thought she wanted and she turned him down. And he was dumbfounded. I thought that was an interesting starting point for a story. I also wanted a male character that was upright and sensible, it’s so boring to see more loutish men…"

Fifty grand – and 17 days - extremely well spent.

Doors: 1:30pm
Tickets: £5

5:00pm Sunday 4th February: Boogie Man
Introduced by Writer/Director Andy Morahan

2017 / UK / 93 min. / Colour
Director: Andy Morahan
Amy Jackson, Nick Moran, Ramon Tikaram, Roshan Seth

Boogey Man stillWe are privileged to close the Festival with a newly released comedy drama telling the story of a British-Indian teenager struggling with his cultural heritage in modern-day London. He falls for a white, 20-something actress/model during a 1970s-themed exhibition and becomes obsessed with both her and the fashion and music of the seemingly more glamorous '70s. All the while, though, he must try to keep his family's Indian traditions and the impending responsibilities of adulthood at bay…

For around 15 years, from 1984, Andy was one of the most successful UK music video and documentary directors working with A-ha, Aerosmith, Bananarama, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Elton John, George Michael, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Simple Minds, Spandau Ballet, Tears for Fears, The Human League, Tina Turner, Van Halen and Wham! – among many others. More recently he has been working with the English National Opera, directing filmed versions of live opera. This is Andy’s fourth feature film.

Doors: 4:30pm
Tickets: £5