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Keswick Film Festival 2012

Date: 5th January 2012
Filed under: Events, Things To Do
Tagged: keswick film festival, rheged

The 13th Keswick Film Festival will take place over the weekend of 23rd to 26th February.

Over the weekend there will be 30 UK and International films, UK premieres, and previews. Films are screened at The Alambra cinema and Theatre on the Lake both in Keswick, and also at Reghed. The festival splits films into various themes:

Looking Good- Including a Thriller from Japan, a Spanish film called Cell 211 which is billed as “Die Hard meets a Prophet”, and Gnarr a Icelandic documentary about the comic and TV actor Jon Gnarr and his efforts to become Mayor of Rejkjavik.

The Great White Silence - a hundred years ago the British Antartic Expedition led by Captain Scott set off on its race to the South Pole. The official photographer and cinematographer joining the expedition was Herbert Ponting, whos images have captured peoples imaginations ever since. In 1924 Herbert Ponting re-edited the footage into this remarkable feature, which  the BFI National Archive has restored.

Also included in this theme is Actor Paddy Considine’s first feature debut Tyrannosaur, certificate 18.

Peter Mullan plays a gambling, washed-up widower Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction. As Joseph’s life spirals into turmoil a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. Tyrannosaur won best actor, best actress, best director and was the winner for World Cinema at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won Paddy Considine best debut director at the British independent film awards.

Doing Good - Keswick Film Festival were approached by by the Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group who wanted to included films about two of their current concerns, the Kurdish situation, and asylum children in detention. The Kids Britain Doesn’t Want is the shocking story of what happens to children when they seek asylum in Britain.

Feeling Good - Two films that tackle life threatening illnesses. 50/50 is the story of a 27-year-old cancer patient’s battle to beat the disease with the help of his friend. Ways to Live Forever is adapted from Sally Nichols novel of the same title, about Sam a 12 year old boy who is is dying of leukaemia. Sam keeps a video diary and is facinated by facts such as UFOs, ghosts, how it feels to kiss a girl and the facts about dying and the answers to the questions no one is prepared to answer.

Feeling Very Good - the films in this catogory all have a comic theme. Included is Pardon, based on actual events it tells the tragicomic story of three friends who end up in a Turkish prison when they are wrongly mistaken for members of a terrorist organisation.

Sounding Good - This includes Wagner and Bird on a wire two historic documentary masterpieces by Tony Palmer. Bird on a Wire  is Tony’s film about Leonard Cohen’s 1972 European Tour. The film went missing soon after completion, and is only now receiving its first official release 40 years later.

The Osprey Short Film Awards -Each year the Keswick Film festival celebrates local film making by screening a selection of short films with a Cumbrian connection. The films must be no more that 10 minutes long and either be filmed within Cumbria or by residents of Cumbria.

Tickets and weekend passes for the Festival can be purchased from the Theatre by the Lake Box Office Tel: 017687 74411.