Tickets to meet filmmakers at this year’s Chagford Film Festival have been selling out within hours of the box office opening.
Tickets to meet and see the work of the world famous puppet builders and artists Wendy and Toby Froud (Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal) and William Todd-Jones sold out within six hours of going on sale. The festival has reacted to the demand immediately and announced the filmmakers will stage a second same event.
Sara Squire, Chagford Film Festival fundraising co-ordinator said: “It is fantastic for the festival to be getting this level of attention from local and national audiences so quickly after tickets going on sale.
“Last year’s festival was hugely successful in giving people of all ages unique opportunities to see films and get involved in a whole range of different film activities.
“The take-up in 2014 by people wanting to come has been so fast that we now need to set up additional performances or events! It is a nice problem to have, and a compliment to what we have achieved over the last four years and aim to build on in years to come!”
Wendy and son Toby Froud together with William Todd-Jones will stage the additional workshop on Friday 26 September at 2.pm. Toby Froud’s first short Lessons Learned will screen on Thursday 25 September.
There is also another chance to meet Wendy and Brian on Thursday 25 September at 2pm in the Globe Inn where they’ll be signing copies of their new book Faeries’ Tales. They are also happy to sign copies of their back copies and urge film fans to bring editions along.
The Saturday Night Finale is set to be a spectacular event with street theatricals and music as the festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first Batman movie. As well as screening the film, William Todd-Jones, who worked on this classic with Tim Burton, will show off the original Batman cloak worn by Michael Keaton. The Batmobile itself will be making a zany entrance and cruising around the town looking for those renowned villains! There will be prizes for folks dressing up as their favourite Superhero and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have your photo taken with the iconic car. There’s even a rumour that Batwoman may well be attending too – WOW – Holy tights Batman!!!
Other festival highlights to check out include:
- Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel opening the festival with Circo Rum Ba Ba‘s all-female circus troupe performing a new spectacle, The Smallest Hotel Routine.
- A big screen presentation of the National Theatre’s epic production of War Horse leads Chagford’s commemoration of World War I with discussion events with historians Peter Hart from London’s Imperial War Museum and Ron Saunders from PathÃ© News.
- Exclusive screening of the 1920s classic silent film Phantom of the Opera with an exclusively composed harp accompaniment from local musician and film director Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.
- Screenings of Joel and Ethan Coen’s award winning Inside Llewyn Davis, Ron Howard’s Rush, Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting, and John Huston classic African Queen.
- A sing-along Saturday Night Fever event with never previously seen footage from the Bee Gee’s tour documentary Spirits Have Flown. And a 70s disco thrown in!
- A ‘Terrifying Tuesday‘ excursion with local film director Billy O’Brien who curates a walking tour telling thrilling Ghost Stories around some local haunt followed by a surprise film.
- Local filmmaker Chris Vile will be showcasing one of his many documentaries The First World War From Above, an extraordinary piece of work while Annabel Vine will screen her latest short Letterbox.
- Workshops on the power of Music in the Movies with filmmaker Stephen Saunders and composer Neil Clements, from Script to Screen with scriptwriter Lucy Moore, and the magic of special effects and make-up.
- The legendary Vintage Mobile Cinemas will be in The Square screening a films by local filmmakers and an educational shorts programme for children from the 2014’s Animated Exeter festival.
Details on the full programme and updates can be found on the new Chagford Film Festival
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