It must be 12 years now since my late husband Bill agreed to be President of the Purbeck Film Festival. He came to regard it with great affection and occasionally sat in at its committee meetings, which must have been quite a change from those he chaired as Managing Director of Television at the BBC. The Film Festival doesn’t have quite the crises which seem to torture the BBC these days, but it does share its ability to expand and prosper. Now that I find myself President in Bill’s place, I am very pleased to introduce this year’s programme.
Names like Elstree, Ealing, Pinewood, Denham and Shepperton may sound less glamorous than Hollywood with all its razzamatazz, but the film world knows that our home-grown studios created films which were every bit as good. This year we are offering a selection of the best of British films. Many were produced on what nowadays would be regarded as a shoe string, but they have lasted the test of time and are classics of their genre. However in case we are accused of being too insular we have also included a sprinkling of films from Chile, Denmark, Iran, Japan and elsewhere. Whatever your favoured film country of origin, I hope you will find something of interest in this year’s programme, which will encourage you to take an evening’s adventure away from Purbeck to other parts of Britain and beyond.
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