For cinephiles Cornwall is a great place to be this season. In the run-up to the big weekend of November 4-6, the Cornwall Film Festival team is organising a number of special pre-festival screenings.
The first of these events, which are sponsored by FEAST, is the touching, off-beat comedy-drama Treacle Jr, the latest film from Jamie Thraves, ‘one of Britain’s best-liked indie directors,’ according to the Guardian.
The one-off screening is Tuesday, October 11, 6pm at the Plaza Cinema in Truro, to be followed by a Q&A with Jamie, who wrote and directed the film -and remortgaged his house to pay for it. His much-praised earlier feature, The Low Down, was recently included in The Observer’s list of best British films of the last 25 years.
Starring Aidan Gillen (The Wire, Game of Thrones), Treacle Jr is Jamie’s welcome return to the big screen. Middle-class family man Tom (Tom Fisher) walks out on his comfortable life to live down and out in London. After a trip to A&E, he meets fast-talking motormouth Aidan, the sort of eternally optimistic, fearless fool you’d normallycross the street to avoid, but whom Tom quickly finds himself being adopted by. What follows is a funny, touching, lo-fi and rather lovely film.
To see this ‘engaging, darkly funny and ultimately moving’ British drama on the big screen and have the opportunity to interact with the director, tickets can be booked online or on 01872 272894. First Great Western are sponsoring this screening.
Details of the Cornwall Film Festival programme are now available on the festival website, including information on other special screenings around Cornwall.
Volunteers are also needed for the festival weekend, with sign-up available via the website.