Keswick Film Festival


Our programme of films featuring the work of female directors has coincided with the development of the F-rating, a new system designed to flag up the significant involvement of women in film, on either side of the camera.

The F-Rating Manifesto

The stories we see on screen influence our lives. We want to hear stories from everyone, not just from one section of society.

We want diversity in filmmaking, both on and off screen.

The F-rating was founded by Holly Tarquini at Bath Film Festival 2014 where we wanted to highlight films which feature prominent women both behind the camera and in front of it.

Every film which ticks yes to the one of the following questions receives the F-rating of approval:

  1. Does it have a female director?
  2. Is it written by a woman?
  3. Is/are there complex female characters on screen who exist in their own right (not simply there to support to the male lead)?

The F stands for feminist.

Feminism is: "The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities." We believe that feminism benefits everyone.


Friday 17th February 12:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (2015) Australia/Vanuatu 100 mins 12A

Dain is a chieftain's grandson and Wawa granddaughter of a shaman. The pair are in love, but when rivalry with a neighbouring tribe erupts into violence, Wawa is promised to a warrior of that tribe as part of peace negotiations. Forbidden by their elders from being together, Wawa and Dain resolve to defy their families.

Shot entirely on location, the film tells a true story and many of the cast played characters based on their own roles in society, featuring traditional tribal dances, pig slaughtering and penis sheaths.

Winner of the audience award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.

Thanks to Visit Films

Friday 17th February 3:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
The Browning Version
Mike Figgis (1994) UK 97 mins 15

The first of our trilogy of films starring Greta Scacchi. Mike Figgis' remake of The Browning Version showcases some of the greatest talents in British acting and screenwriting. Adapted from Terence Rattigans's play by Ronald Harwood, Miss Scacchi plays the young wife of a much-disliked classics teacher (Albert Finney) at a British public school, who is reaching the end of his career. With Michael Gambon in the role of the Headmaster, Mike Figgis' film is a masterful re-telling of a well-known tale.

Friday 17th February 5:30 PM - Theatre By The Lake
The Unknown Girl
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (2016) France 113 mins 15

The Unknown Girl (15) F
113 mins, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France (2016)

The Dardenne brothers never fail to impress and their latest release tells the tale of a caring, committed doctor in Liège (Adèle Haenel) whose one error of judgement leads her into an obsessive journey to find the identity of the unknown immigrant girl at her door.
As her search goes on, the question of blame becomes more complex than it first seems.

Thanks to Artificial Eye/Curzon

Friday 17th February 8:15 PM - Theatre By The Lake
The Player
Robert Altman (1992) USA 124 mins 15

The second of our trilogy of films featuring Greta Scacchi, The Player sees Robert Altman and lead actors Tim Robbins and Miss Scacchi at their finest.

Griffin Mill (Robbins) is a Hollywood gatekeeper – anyone wanting to get their movie made needs to get it past him first. But when Griffin starts to receive death threats from someone he has ignored, the list of suspects is long.

Taking matters into his own hands leads to an inevitable downward spiral of consequences.

Thanks to Michael Tolkin

Friday 17th February 8:30 PM - Alhambra
American Honey
Andrea Arnold (2016) UK/USA 163 mins 15

The third Cannes Jury Prize winning film by writer/director Arnold to be screened at Keswick (Red Road, KFF 2007; Fish Tank, KFC 2009) American Honey is her first film to be set outside the UK.

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits, under power-agent Jake, played by Shia LaBeouf. Otherwise Arnold 'street cast' the film, including the lead Sacha Lane, from impromptu auditions on parking lots, beaches, construction sites and state fairs.

Thanks to Universal

Friday 17th February 8:30 PM - Studio (TBTL)
Reaching For The Moon
Flores Raras
Bruno Barreto (2013) Brazil 118 mins 12A

A sophisticated tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, set against the backdrop of political upheaval and a clash of cultures in 1950s Brazil. Legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro to visit her college friend Mary. Hoping to find inspiration, Elizabeth winds up with much more – a tempestuous relationship with Mary's bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, designer of Rio's Flamingo Park.

Thanks to Peccadillo

Saturday 18th February 11:00 AM - Theatre By The Lake
Swallows and Amazons
Philippa Lowthorpe (2016) UK 97 mins PG

Join Visual Effects Supervisor, Simon Hughes and Producer Nick Barton for a special screening of last summer's hit, Swallows and Amazons.

Before the film, Simon will be telling us some of the tricks of the trade such as how the film managed to join together so many different locations and afterwards Nick will be answering questions about the reworking of Ransome's great book and the challenges it threw up.

Thanks to Studio Canal

Saturday 18th February 2:30 PM - Alhambra
The Salesman
Asghar Farhadi (2016) Iran/France 125 mins PG

Winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at Cannes, Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, About Ellie) takes us on another compelling journey in contemporary Iran. Emad and his wife Rana are playing Willy Loman and Linda in an am-dram production of Death of a Salesman. Having had to move out of their home because of subsidence their own relationship starts to crumble after a disturbing domestic incident.

Thanks to artificial Eye/Curzon

Saturday 18th February 5:00 PM - Alhambra
Critic's Choice: Arrival
Denis Villeneuve (2016) USA 116 mins 12A

Karen Krizanovic's choice stars the wonderful Amy Adams in Arrival, which has received plaudits across the world.

When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Thanks to Entertainment One

Saturday 18th February 8:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
White Mischief
Michael Radford (1987) UK 107 mins 18

Released some 46 years after the true life events of the Happy Valley murder (still unsolved) of Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Errol, Roger Ebert says "White Mischief is an elegant, almost luxurious retelling of the story of Jock (Joss Ackland) ,his young bride, Diana (Greta Scacchi) and the Earl (Charles Dance). In White Mischief, the period is lovingly restored – the clothes, the cars, the rambling architecture, the lifestyle that could not conceive that Kenya would ever be independent, and was scarcely able to even see racism, much less decry it. Happy Valley is seen as a society of narcissists, in love with their own beauty and idle charm and existing primarily to drink and to gossip."

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Greta Scacchi.

Thanks to Filmbank

Saturday 18th February 10:45 PM - Alhambra
Critic's Choice: Raw
Julia Ducournau (2016) France 99 mins 18

Dare you watch Ali Catterall's film choice? It may take you out of your comfort zone but this is not your run of the mill frightener.

This cannibal horror film follows a 16-year-old vegetarian who is forced to eat a raw rabbit liver during her school's humiliating hazing ritual. After devouring the meat, she starts to crave more flesh. The movie made its premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Prize and was recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival.

After watching the film at TIFF, Joe Lipsett wrote that Raw, "perfectly balances horrific and comedic elements. Raw is an extremely confident film that will satisfy both gore hounds and purveyors of smart horror. It is one of the most surprising films of the fest and should be particularly appealing to audiences who appreciate France's brand of extreme horror. It is highly, highly recommended."

Thanks to Universal

Sunday 19th February 12:30 PM - Alhambra
Jeff Nichols (2016) UK/USA 123 mins 12A

Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who married and then spent the next 9 years fighting for the right to live as a family. Their civil rights case. Loving V. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court. Director Nicholas (Mud, 2012) had access to documentary footage of the Loving’s home life from the mid-60s.

Loving received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016

Thanks to Universal

Sunday 19th February 4:30 PM - Alhambra
Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade (2016) German/Austria 162 mins 15

Winner of numerous European Film Awards and nominated for Golden Globes, Maren Ade's film must surely rank as one of the most bizarre comedies to have been seen on the Festival circuit.

Ines is a high flying oil company advisor, perpetually in meetings and according to her practical joking father, Winfried, is in need of lightening up. Adopting his alter ego, Toni Erdmann, he inserts himself forcibly into Ines' life.

Thanks to Soda Pictures

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