Martin Scorsese is curating a unique four-night film season at this year’s Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall.
The Mean Streets director, who’s currently shooting his first 3D film, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, at Shepperton, has selected films that will be played on an outdoor, drive-in style cinema at the event in July.
Festival co-founder Catherine St Germans said: “Getting Scorsese to do something for this tiny corner of Cornwall is truly fantastic. We wrote him a nice proper letter, and he said yes. We could not have dreamt of a more illustrious programmer.”
However, she admitted organisers were “currently unsure” whether the American would attend the event.
“He hasn’t said he’s not coming, so we very much hope he will -if he does we know he will just fall in love with the place as everyone does.”
The four themed double bills, collectively titled The Director’s Cut, are:
Trains: Murder on the Orient Express/North by Northwest
Books: The Leopard/The River
Noir: The Narrow Margin/Human Desire
Musicals: The Red Shoes/All About Eve
Scorsese has not chosen any of his own films, but that gap will be filled by discussions of his work chaired by the film writer Tom Shone.
Port Eliot Festival, at St Germans, began as a small books event in 2003 and now includes music, food, fashion, art, a flower show and comedy. This year will also include John Cooper Clarke presenting a masterclass on writing limericks.
The festival runs from July 21 to 24, 2011. For more information and ticket details, check out the Port Eliot Festival website.