Guests and Special Events

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter made his first film, Spaceman, at seven years old. Starring his parents and his dog, the 3 minute film told the story of a spaceman flying down to earth and wrecking havoc on a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands. Simon then went on to make nearly fifty short films, whilst growing up in Dumfriesshire.

After graduating from Film school in 1993 Simon went on to write and direct a handful of short films - one of which, Wired, impressed British Screen so much that they invested in Lighthouse, a $2.5m feature film. At the Cannes advertising festival in 2001 Lighthouse attracted the eye of Bob Isherwood, the creative director of Saatchi and Saatchi, who selected Simon for the New Directors Showcase. This prestigious honour is awarded to the twenty-five most promising directors in the world. Isherwood admired Lighthouse, saying, "few films demonstrate so clearly how tension gets attention. The tension is dynamic".

In 2016 Simon completed his third feature film, his passion project, Edie which tells the tale of an old lady who heads to Scotland to climb a mountain. The movie was an official selection in the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2016.

Neil Sinyard

Neil Sinyard

Neil Sinyard is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Hull. He is the author of 25 books on film, including studies of directors such as William Wyler, Billy Wilder, Fred Zinnemann, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Richard Lester and Jack Clayton. He has also written and provided commentaries and interviews for a number of dvd and Blu-ray releases, including being interviewed for the recent Blu-ray release of Shane. His book on the films of George Stevens is due to be published this year.

We are pleased to welcome Neil back to Keswick. Neil was a speaker at the very first KFF in 2000, where he spoke about Shakespeare in Film. His talk on George Stevens' career is set to be a highlight for cineastes in 2018.

David Banning

David is the author of 'An A-Z of Cumbria & the Lake District on Film' published by Hayloft in late 2016. After being shortlisted for the 2017 Lakeland Book of the Year Awards, it received a Runner-Up prize in the 'Striding Edge Productions Award for Guides and Places'. His strong interest in film developed during a BA History of Art course at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he graduated in 2007. He then went on to study Lake District Landscape Studies at postgraduate level at Lancaster University in 2011. All of these subjects combined when researching the films and pieces of social history that were spliced together throughout the A-Z.

He currently lives and works in Cumbria.

Dr Patrick Glen

Patrick Glen is a Postdoctoral Research Associate working at UCL History on the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project 'Remembering 1960s British Cinema-going'. Extensive interviews with cinema-goers from the period reveal much about the importance of film on social attitudes and behaviours at a time when smoking in the Odeon was the norm.

He is the ideal person to set the scene for our screening of Night of the Living Dead.

Lewis MacDougall

Lewis MacDougall made his film debut in 2015 as Nibs in Pan, after attending an open audition in Morningside and in 2016, he starred in A Monster Calls, opposite Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the film, a dark fantasy drama, he plays a boy whose mother is dying of a terminal illness, and who begins communicating with a tree monster seemingly living outside his house.

His talent as an actor has been recognised with a host of award nominations. in 2016, the London Critics' Circle gave him the award for Young British/Irish Performer of the Year and in 2017 he won the Entertainment Award in the Young Scot Awards.

Next, he will co-star in the road trip drama Boundaries, opposite Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer, set for release in 2018.


Passes and tickets are now available from the Theatre By The Lake

Osprey Short Film Awards

Staying in Keswick for the Festival?

Staying in Keswick for the Festival?

For the first time, Keswick Film Festival has joined forces with Sally's Cottages, an award-winning, local, family-run holiday cottage letting agency based just across the road from our beloved Alhambra Cinema. Sally's Cottages have over 240 self-catering holiday cottages in and around Keswick and you will be spoiled for choice for your stay during the Festival.

Supported by Film Hub North, led by Showroom Workstation. Proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network

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