Acclaimed director Mike Leigh has become the first patron of the nineâ€yearâ€old Cornwall Film Festival.
Leigh said: ‘My late, great producer and dear friend Simon Channing Williams was very closely involved with the Cornwall Film Festival, and so it’s with great pleasure that I follow him in having the honour of becoming a patron.”
At the 2004 Festival, Leigh himself presented his award-winning film Vera Drake. followed by a standing-room-only Q&A.
Festival director Donna Anton told D+CFilm: ‘We are thrilled to have Mike Leigh as our first patron.
‘His body of work is a testament to the best in British filmmaking, which we hope will reflect well on our efforts here in Cornwall.
Leigh’s latest film, Another Year, see video, which competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, will have its Cornwall premiere during this year’s festival, running from November 5 to 7 at the Phoenix cinema in Falmouth.
Find out more on the Cornwall Film Festival website.