Illustrious guests launch the first 2 days of the 2014 Purbeck Film Festival.
Christopher Miles and John Julius Norwich at the Opening Gala and a Special Italian Event, on October 10th and 11th at the Rex Cinema, Wareham
Purbeck Film Festival is delighted to welcome Christopher Miles and John Julius Norwich to the Rex Cinema on the first full day of the festival, Saturday 11th October at 11.30am where they will be in conversation about their experiences of film, Italy and in particular, Venice. The event, made possible through the generosity of the Dick Odgers’ Memorial Fund, provides a unique opportunity to share their wide and varied experience in film, theatre, scholarship and love of Italy. There will be opportunity for the audience to involve themselves in two fascinating careers. The conversation and Q and A will be followed by a buffet lunch and then at 2.00pm, by Bread and Tulips
, a romantic comedy set in Venice, directed by Silvio Soldini. The discussion, lunch and film are all included in a combined ticket. For those who wish to, the Venice theme is continued into the early evening with the acclaimed documentary, The Venice Syndrome
, a revealing insight into the present day battle the city has with tourism, as it tries to defend itself against physical and social decay.
Christopher Miles’ interest in film began very early, as he was the youngest person to have a film shown on the BBC before studying at the prestigious Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques. His varied and successful film output has gained a Golden Globe, an Oscar nomination, as well as a number of accolades from film festivals worldwide, including Cannes. His work spans a wonderfully varied range from satire, Sci-fi, sport to films based upon Genet and DH Lawrence. His cinematic successes earned him a professorial position at The Royal College of Arts. We are celebrating his contribution to film by opening our festival on Friday 10th at 7.30, with his Oscar nominated short satire on film culture, The Six-Sided Triangle
with introduction by Christopher.
John Julius Norwich’s illustrious career has spanned academic, literary and media arenas. His extensive publications include historical works on Venice, Greece, Byzantium, English Architecture, New Shell Guides to Britain and the Oxford Encyclopaedia of Art. Viscount Norwich has also worked extensively in radio and television, hosting 'My Word' for four years and writing and presenting some 30 television documentaries. He has worked for many charitable projects, most pertinently as former Chairman of Venice in Peril Fund, Chair of the World Monuments Fund and Vice-President of the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies. He has also served on the boards of the National Trust and English National Opera.
Christopher and John Julius met through collaborating on two films directed by Christopher, Love in the Ancient World
and Aphrodisias, City of Aphrodite
where John Julius Norwich’s extensive knowledge of ancient Greece and Rome proved invaluable to the scripts.
The Festival would like to thank our two guests for launching this year’s festival and invite you to join them on Friday 10th to watch Christopher’s film and Saturday 11th at the Rex for an event which promises to be entertaining and informative.