The Cornwall Film Festival has announced a fabulous line-up of special guests at this year’s screenings. Representatives from no fewer than five of the films appearing at the festival will be holding Q&A sessions.
The festival has recently acquired The Arbor, the new biopic based on the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar, which features a host of British talent, including Danny Webb, Christine Bottomley and Natalie Gavin. Danny will be familiar to most viewers having appeared in a range of films and television shows, including Brookside, Alien 3, Doctor Who, The Bill and Land Girls -Danny will also be speaking after the Sunday afternoon screening.
British comedy Skeletons continues its festival run in Cornwall, having played to high praise around the world, including Chicago, Edinburgh (it won the Michael Powell Award for best new British feature) and London. Its two lead actors, Ed Gaughan and Andy Buckley, will introduce the Saturday evening screening followed by a Q&A.
Vampire horror flick Blood+Roses, directed by newcomer Simon Aitken and filmed in Cornwall, will be screened on the Friday night with an introduction and Q&A with the director. A homage to the 1960s vampire film Blood and Roses, Simon’s film has also been compared to the great horrors by the likes of Polanksi and Cronenberg. This is a Cornish feature not to be missed.
The festival will also host the Cornish premiere of the documentary Rio Breaks, a film about two best friends from the slums in Brazil who dream of becoming pro surfers. On the Saturday evening, co-writer and producer Vince Medeiros will introduce the film and provide a Q&A, preceded by a selection of surf shorts.
Admirers of Cornish art should make a note not to miss The Open Sky: Royal Watercolour Society Artists in Newlyn, complete with Q&A. Director Stephen Gammond will be making the trip down from Essex especially for the festival.
Stephen said: ‘The title of our film comes from Stanhope Forbes (1857-1947), leading light of the Newlyn school of painters, who wrote of their mission: ‘to set up our easels in country districts, where we could pose our models and attack our work, in sunshine or in shadow, under the open sky.’ Our film is a fascinating record of four RWS artists, Paul Newland, Simon Pierse, Richard Sorrell and Jenny Wheatley as they come to Newlyn to follow in the footprints of Forbes and his contemporaries.’
For the full festival programme and how to book tickets, visit the Cornwall Film Festival website.
(image: still from The Arbor)