15th April 2008
Ninth Keswick Film Festival
The 9th Film Festival is now over and lots of people, both local and from Aberdeen to Camberley have enjoyed lots of film. We haven't had time to analyse the popularity of the various films being shown but there are lots of 5 star scores. Some films split the audience. In particular Silent Light was a number of people's favourite, visually stunning and slowly revealing the story; others thought it did not have enough plot. A number of people told us their favourites were The Italian and others, The Unknown Woman. But with almost 30 films to choose from and some people seeing over 10 films during the weekend there was something for everyone.
The guests, Agostino Ferrente, Carl Hunter and Michael Winner added to the fun of the Festival. Agostino's opening film, The Orchestra of the Paizza Vittorio, with his interesting thoughts about how it has created an Orchestra, 21 jobs and now, 250 concerts and three CDs later, a life of it's own was revealing about immigration. Strangely the same theme of immigration featured in Carl Hunter's sell out Grow Your Own about a plot of allotments in Liverpool. Michael Winner talked for an hour about his life in film and then signed copies of his books.
Carrs Milling Industries PLC kindly sponsored the opening event and once again the local restaurants The Royal Bengal, The Silk Road, Casa Bella and Good Taste kindly provided the food. We are grateful to all our sponsors for assisting us with the event.
We expect to go back to the February timing for the 10th Festival as the Theatre will be able to accommodate us next year. We hope to have a bumper collection of films and guests for you then.