Guests and Special Events
Our principal guest for 2017 will be
Greta Scacchi, fresh from the West
End stage, in Kenneth Branagh's The
Entertainer. We will be screening a number of films
from her illustrious career and looking back at her
work which has included Heat and Dust, The Player,
The Falling and the acclaimed recent TV
adaptation of War and Peace.
Miss Scacchi will be presenting three of her most iconic films at the festival -
The Browning Version by Carlisle-born director Mike Figgis;
White Mischief, the marvellous ensemble piece in which she co-starred with Charles Dance and Joss Ackland
and; Robert Altman's The Player, surely one of the best films about Hollywood ever made.
Simon Hughes is a Visual
Effects Supervisor based at
Union VFX in London.
He began his career at Cinesite in
London in 1997 and has since worked at
a number of companies in both London
and Canada, and has supervised onset
around the UK, US, Canada and Africa.
He has recently worked on Bridget
Jones's Baby, Swallows and Amazons,
Everest, Suffragette, 71, Safe House
and has received a Visual Effects
Society award for his work on District 9.
Before the screening of Swallows and
Amazons, Simon's talk will give us brief
overview of the VFX industry and what
his role entails along with an insight into
how the visual effects were achieved
in the film, which was of course,
filmed right here on Derwentwater.
Nick Barton is the producer of major
British films such as Calendar Girls,
Kinky Boots and most recently
Swallows and Amazons.
He started his film career making
advertising commercials in the 1970's
with acclaimed photographer Terence
Donovan. He then established Network
Television in the 1980's creating
major international documentary
films for the BBC, Channel 4,
and the Discovery Channel.
His entry into feature films came in
2000 when his new company, Harbour
Pictures, developed the extraordinary
true story of the Yorkshire WI ladies
with their famous nude calendar.
Calendar Girls became one of the most
successful British films in history...
Adam Feinstein is an acclaimed British writer, film critic, broadcaster, poet and translator. His much-praised biography of the Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, was re-issued in an updated edition by Bloomsbury in 2013. He is also an internationally recognised authority on autism. His book, A History of Autism: Conversations with the Pioneers, was lauded worldwide.
Matt Glasby (@mattglasby) is a film critic for Total Film and GQ among others, and a member of the London Critics' Circle.
His first book, The A-Z Of Great Film Directors, was published in 2015. His second, Choose Life, a study of 1990s British cinema, is out in 2017.
Favourite film: If....
Festival Choice: Son of Saul
Karen Krizanovich (@Krizanovich) is a journalist, writer, researcher, public speaker and broadcaster
and is the honorary secretary of the London Film Critics' Circle and a jury associate for the international
film critics' association. Her work has been published in The Times, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent,
The Telegraph, The Guardian and Elle among many others. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, including Newsnight,
BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC2's The Review Show and STV's MovieJuice
Favourite film: Airplane!
Festival Choice: Arrival
Ali Catterall (@AliCatterall) is a film journalist based in London, who writes and has written for a
great many journals, some of which actually still exist, including The Guardian, Total Film, Q, Time Out
, and The Word. He is co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties - a former Book
of the Year for both the BBC and the Independent - and in 2011, hosted the Port Eliot Film Festival.
Favourite film: Theatre of Blood
Festival Choice: Raw