The Purbeck Film Festival 2012 is now in its 16th Year and STILL the longest running rural film festival!
This quirky, brilliant and popular event takes place from Friday October 12th to Saturday October 27th - two weeks of fantastic films in over 20 stunning rural locations. The festival is so popular that it has spread its magic into the urban swathes of Poole (The Lighthouse) and Bournemouth in collaboration with ‘Bournemouth Arts By the Sea Festival’.
The festival’s theme this year is movie comedy - and the screen icon is the late, fabulous Elizabeth Taylor; showing some of her inspirational and varied movies.
The central buzz of the film festival is the Rex in Wareham - showing films since 1918 – the Rex may have a small auditorium but it is a power-house of movie energy. Screenings are an eclectic, heady mixture of silent, classic, art-house and foreign films including:
Gala Opening film: The acclaimed The Welldigger's Daughter
The Short Film Festival Competition now in its 3rd year and gaining international prestige; entries are coming in thick and fast. Prizes to be won. Closing date is Friday 31st August
Screenbites: A chance to taste Purbeck Produce and watch the academy nominated Israeli film The Lemon Tree
Festival Closing Film: The award winning Danish Film A Royal Affair
Apart from screening films in village halls, pubs, shops, private homes, the festival is back this year to the thrilling, cliff-top location of the newly restored DURLSTON CASTLE; not only will there be evening films but during the day there will be an exciting exhibition of the early history of movies, the story of the film festival itself and the inspirational Rex Cinema in Wareham. One of the evening highlights at the Castle will be a talk, Magic Lanterns, by Robert MacDonald who has researched and lectures on the early visual entertainments and this will be a rare chance to see some of these optical wonders. Another evening at Durlston is dedicated to the ground-breaking BBC producer David Rose (A Purbeck man) who tells his own story in My Journey Together.
At Corfe Castle, David will also give an introduction to the BBC cult-comedy Nuts In May and maybe bring a member of the cast along with him. Bring it on Keith! Another exciting prospect is Trishna at Langton Matravers where Phil Hunt, one of the producers, will come along to speak about the making of this extraordinary film. At Bloxworth, Anwar Brett, BFI member, journalist and author will present Far From The Madding Crowd filmed just up the road from the village hall.
Meanwhile, back in the conurbation of Bournemouth, The Winchester Bar is the perfect, spooky venue for an evening of Gothic Horror.
No festival would be complete without the enthusiastic volunteers and the Purbeck Film Festival is no different – there are people happy to put on black polo shirts and lug equipment over the countryside, putting up large screens and stretching tape over cables on dusty floors. Extraordinary.
There is something for everyone here - for sure. Festival programmes are now available, so grab one and spool on to this unique homage to cinema.
Celebrate the magic of the movies in one of the most beautiful places in the world – the Isle of Purbeck