Keswick Film Festival


Intros, talks, discussions...

The chance to mingle with and ask questions of directors, producers and actors has long been a feature of Keswick Film Festival.

We welcome back Tony Britten who opens the Festival again with his latest film ChickLit; director Rayna Campbell and crew members from Lapse of Honour will be attending along with Helen Walsh who directed The Violators. Tom Allen, whose film Janapar was such a hit at the 2015 Festival will be here this year with two films.

Simon Hughes is a Special Effects Supervisor who has worked on movies as diverse as Everest, Suffragette and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. He will be revealing some of the tricks of his trade in a special event for the Festival on Saturday.


Friday 28th February 6:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
Charlie Cattrall (2013) UK 94 mins TBC

Titus is the story of a virtuoso African-American jazz musician whose damaged soul has brought him to the status of a nobody.

Living in London, far from home, he's wasting away, estranged from his one true love – his vintage alto sax.

All hope looks lost until a visitor arrives, Jessica, the daughter he abandoned as a baby.
Over the course of a day and a night together, old demons are laid to rest and new ones are stirred and for one last time the future is back in Titus' hands.

Titus has been lauded and applauded at a number of Festivals, including the Audience Award at Dinard and we welcome Director Charlie Cattrall to host this screening.

Thanks to the Director, Charlie Cattrall.

Sunday 2nd March 11:00 AM - Studio (TBTL)
Lad: A Yorkshire Story
Dan Hartley (2013) UK 96 mins 12A

When Tom Proctor's dad dies his world falls apart; his brother joins the army, his mum is threatened with eviction and Tom gets intro trouble with the police.

Tom's life is turned around however when he's paired up with park ranger Al Thorpe in this enchanting coming-of-age story set in the stunning Yorkshire Dales.

We hope that the Director, Dan Hartley, will be able to attend and host this screening.

Thanks to Roguerunner

Sunday 2nd March 1:30 PM - Theatre By The Lake
The Raven On The Jetty
Erik Knudsen (2013) UK 88 mins TBC

On his 9th birthday, Thomas travels with his mother to visit his estranged father who, since an acrimonious divorce, has abandoned urban living in favour of an isolated rural life in the English Lake District.

As a digital native city boy, Thomas's encounter with the natural world, and his gradual understanding of the pivotal connection he provides for his, ultimately, lonely parents, leads to realisation and discovery. There are things his parents don’t know about each other that only he can reveal.

Perhaps he has the power and the means to change everything.

For this screening, hosted by Director Erik Knudsen, we hope to welcome members of the cast as well as one very special star.

Thanks to One Day Films

Please note this film will now be shown in the Theatre By The Lake's main auditorium.

Sunday 2nd March 4:00 PM - Studio (TBTL)
A Story of Children and Film
Mark Cousins (2013) UK 101 mins PG

Peter Bradshaw describes this film perfectly:

"Mark Cousins's personal cine-essay about children on film is entirely distinctive, sometimes eccentric, always brilliant: a mosaic of clips, images and moments chosen with flair and grace, both from familiar sources and from the neglected riches of cinema around the world. Without condescension or cynicism, Cousins offers us his own humanist idealism, as refreshing as a glass of iced water."

We hope to have Producer, Adam Dawtrey, on hand to explain more about all the film snippets that you will see and doubtless will want to see even more of.

Thanks to Dogwoof

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

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