Keswick Film Festival

Dame Janet Suzman

Dame Janet Suzman

Dame Janet Suzman

As a tribute to our special guest, Dame Janet Suzman, we are taking the opportunity to show two films from her illustrious past, Nicholas and Alexandra (for which she received a Best Actress nomination, to go with the film's Best Picture nomination) and the enigmatic The Draughtsman’s Contract.

These will complement the joyous opening film that is Felix, her latest film.


Thursday 27th February 8:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
Roberta Durrant (2013) South Africa 97 mins PG

Billy Elliot with a saxophone meets Buena Vista Social Club in Cape Town” summarises this vibrant film to kick off the 15th Festival. It is the latest film from our special guest, Dame Janet Suzman.

Felix's father used to play in the hottest jazz band in the Cape but his untimely death meant that his mother bans the Devil’s Music from the home.

At age 13 Felix starts to discover not only his musical roots but his own hitherto untapped talent.

Best Film, Filmfest Hamburg Michel Children & Youth Film Festival 2013.
Lucas Award - Best Film, Lucas International Children's Festival 2013.
Best Director, Africa International Film Festival 2013.
Audience Award - Best Film, Durban International Film Festival 2013.

Thanks to Penguin Films

Friday 28th February 6:00 PM - Studio (TBTL)
The Draughtsman's Contract
Peter Greenaway (1982) UK 108 mins 15

Peter Greenaway's sumptuous visual feast is shown as part of the Janet Suzman retrospective. Witty, clever, bizarre, complex, tantalising – a true cult movie.

Not forgetting the soaring soundtrack from Michael Nyman, this opportunity to see (and hear) The Draughtsman's Contract again on the big screen is not to be missed.

Thanks to BFi

Saturday 1st March 2:00 PM - Theatre By The Lake
Nicholas and Alexandra
Franklin J Schaffner (1971) USA 189 mins PG

Chronicling a pivotal period in 20th century history, Nicholas and Alexandra tells the story of the last years of the Romanov dynasty.

As the ruling family clings on to absolute power, the world heads on course for war and the Bolshevik revolution gathers pace. Faced with difficult decisions, Empress Alexandra (for which role Dame Janet Suzman received a Best Actress nomination) relies increasingly on the advice of Rasputin, further alienating supporters and enemies alike.

Thanks to Filmbank

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