Guests and Special Events

Previous Guests


Greta Scacchi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Passes for the 2018 festival are now available from the Theatre By The Lake

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