Purbeck Film Festival begins today!

The greatly anticipated and longest running rural film festival in the UK is back again for its 17th year! With more than 4000 visitors through the doors last year in a two week period, the 2013 event is set to break all records this year with its enticing mix of wonderful films.

With more than 70 films in around 30 venues in stunning rural locations, there is once again something to suit all tastes and budgets. We are also proud to announce that by special demand, our special and free exhibition on the history of cinema returns to Durlston Castle, this year featuring the work of Arthur Evans, set photographer on films such as Blow Up, 633 Squadron, Kes The Pure Hell of St Trinians and Bridge on the River Kwai. It will be one of the first times his work has been exhibited, courtesy of his daughter, so make sure you don’t miss this exciting premiere event.

This year celebrates British film, it’s variety, imagination, excitement and moral purpose. It is a cinema which has blossomed and withered a number of times in its history, one which has excited and frustrated us in equal measure.

The films that the Purbeck Film Festival has chosen this year cover the history of British filmmaking from the silent era’s Underground to the present, with Ken Loache’s comedy, The Angel’s Share. It is impossible to cover the breadth and depth of British filmmaking but our 20 film selection is a spirited attempt to do justice to an industry which has fended off both the influence of Hollywood and the prestige and quality of British theatre and television.

A few highlights to look forward to this year include Yellow Submarine (courtesy of Subafilms Ltd), a free admission screening in aid of Dorset Action on Abuse and in memory of Moira Walker and Marie Curie Cancer Care, introduced by Nick Churchill, author of Yeah Yeah Yeah; The Beatles & Bournemouth; Ottway The Movie with special guest John Ottway at the Rex; Screen Bites event with food tasting and a screening of Jiro Dreams of Sushi; One Million Years BC at the Square and Compass; Pulp Fiction at Corfe Model Village; Purbeck Shorts film competition with your chance to see a superb selection of diverse short films by new directors; Prayers for Bobby at the Winchester Bar (courtesy of A&E Television Networks, LLC); The Kid Brother, largely regarded as Harold Lloyd’s best film; Adam’s Apples at Lighthouse; Chasing Ice at Durlston Castle; and much, much more…!

Tickets are available to book on line at www.purbeckfilm.com, and Lighthouse films at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk, or you can purchase tickets from Wareham Tourist Information Centre on 01929 552740 , and Swanage TIC on 01929 422885. Full details in the programme. For enquiries or to request a programme, contact 07443 468850 or email info@purbeckfilm.com

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