Ken Loach to be Festival patron
We are thrilled that Ken Loach, the internationally celebrated film maker has generously agreed to be patron of the festival. Many of you will know Ken's award winning body of work which includes Poor Cow, Cathy Come Home, Kes, Land and Freedom, My Name is Joe and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
Lots of you will have seen Ken at our special charity screening of his film, Looking For Eric. Due to commitments on the completion of his new film, The Angel's Share (to be released in June) (more info on website), Ken will not able to attend the festival but he has sent us the following message :-
"Film festivals like this are hugely valuable. They show films that otherwise would not be available. Good luck – I’m sure it will be a great success. And the cakes are good, too"
Thank you Ken and there's another reason to try Alison's Cakes stall on Friday - it has Ken's endorsement !!
Charles Hazlewood to introduce U-Carmen E-Khayelitsha
We are also delighted that Charles Hazlewood, the well known musician and orchestral conductor has agreed to come along and introduce our screening of U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha. Charles was the film's musical director and is a wonderful speaker indeed many of you may have some of the inspiring programmes on classical music that he has made for the BBC. Unfortunately Charles is unable to introduce the film on Saturday afternoon so we have now moved the screening to 3pm on Sunday 13 May. Our screening of 'Incendies' will now take place on Saturday 12 May at 1.45pm.
We are especially lucky that Charles can come along to the festival as he is so busy with his own festival 'Orchestra in a Field' to be held in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey on 30 June and 1 July this year. Do take a look at the website for this exciting event happening right on our doorstep - www.orchestrainafield.com. There is something in the programme for everyone.
We will have publicity about the 'Orchestra in a Field' festival available at our films for the rest of the season.
Director Rob Holder to introduce his debut film, Eliminate: Archie Cookson and take part in a Q & A session
Following successful screenings at the Montreal World Film Festival in Canada, The Mill Valley Film Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area and Starz Denver in Denver USA , and the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival where it was a total sellout, writer/Director Rob Holder will be at KIFF, the Kilmersdon International Film Festival, to introduce his debut film, Eliminate: Archie Cookson and also take part in a Q & A session - don’t miss it!!