CORNWALL FILM FESTIVAL
This year’s Cornwall Film
Festival, the 17th, has the theme of Resistance with new cinema releases, workshops with industry insiders and the opportunity to see films by local artists in competition.
The festival opens on the
Friday with a full-day of talks and workshops with speakers who have in-depth experience of the film industry. They include wildlife documentary filmmaker Nina Constable who has worked for the BBC, United Nations,
The National Trust and many conservation charities, trusts and foundations.
Natasha Price, a prize winner at last year’s festival, will talk about the work of Redruthbased Engine House VFX, an award winning animation and visual effects studio working in advertising, gaming, architectural visualisation and film, clients include Huawei, Hachette, BBC, Sky, NHS, and Ogilvy.
Also taking part on day one are Alice Cabañas of BFI Network, BAFTA and Emmy award winning Executive Producer, Phillippa Giles (Luther, Silent Witness, Emma), Alex Kendall of DNA Films (Ex Machina, T2: Trainspotting) and comedy writer James Henry (Smack the Pony, Green Wing).
On the Saturday the best entries in the Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition will be screened including the Best Short Film and Best Student Film winners.
Two cinematic releases screened over the weekend fit perfectly with the Resistance theme.
Mike Leigh’s Peterloo marks the 200th anniversary next year of the Peterloo Massacre when a peaceful protest ended with 15 dead and 700 wounded.
Period drama Colette is directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice) and tells the story of the ground-breaking French novelist (played by Keira Knightley). The film also starts Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson and Dominic West.
By sharp contrast, the festival also includes a scratch and sniff version of Wallace and Gromit – Curse of the Were-Rabbit.