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2013 Cambridge Film Festival round up

Posted in Commercial and PR at 13:09 on 01/10/2013

This year's Cambridge Film Festival is the ninth that I've photographed, and it's great to have been invited back to photograph it for every festival since 2005. Last week, I posted some pictures from the Stephen Hawking documentary that opened the festival, but I've been a bit slack about blogging my work during the festival itself this year. Instead, I've been posting pictures regularly to my Twitter stream, but now it's time for a round-up of the highlights from the 2013 Cambridge Film Festival!

Most of my work at the Cambridge Film Festival is focussed on photographing the various filmmakers and other guests who come to Cambridge to present their films, but I'm going to start my round-up of the festival with something a bit different: a set of pictures of the people who make the festival possible, the staff and volunteers who run it. Whether they're working behind the scenes, front of house or hosting Q&A sessions with filmmakers, they're a vital part of the festival a big part of the spirit of the festival that makes me come back every year.

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And now onto the events themselves! The reliably brilliant Neil Brand took a break from his busy schedule of BBC programmes to provide a live soundtrack to Nosferatu as well as a programme of silent movies for the younger members of the festival audience.

Neil Brand

Neil Brand

Neil Brand

Director Kevin MacDonald came to Cambridge to present his new film, How I Live Now, on the closing night of the festival:

Kevin MacDonald, How I Live Now

Kevin MacDonald, How I Live Now

Kevin MacDonald, How I Live Now

The closing night of the festival also featured director Sophie Fiennes, who was there to answer questions about The Pervert's Guide To Ideology:

Sophie Fiennes

This is already threatening to become a titanic blog post, so I'm going to rattle through the rest of these highlights very quickly!

Si-O-Se Pol:

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Dummy Jim:

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The Lebanese Rocket Society & Particle Fever:

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Growing Pain:

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Mushrooming:

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For Those In Peril:

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Google & The World Brain:

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The Redemption of the Fish:

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Back to the Garden:

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Shakespeare: The Hidden Truth:

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Sieniawka:

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Sofia's Last Ambulance:

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The Man Whose Mind Exploded:

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Honour:

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The Forgotten Kingdom:

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A World Not Ours:

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Professor Stephen Hawking at the Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 10:55 on 21/09/2013

I'm back in Cambridge for the Cambridge Film Festival, which opened in spectacular style with the premiere of Hawking, a feature-length documentary about the life of Professor Stephen Hawking. With all of Professor Hawking's close links to Cambridge, it was a huge event that took over all three screens of the Arts Picturehouse. Additionally, the Q&A hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy after the film was broadcast via satellite link to dozens of other cinemas around the country.

Here's a selection of my pictures from the event, starting with a portrait of Professor Stephen Hawking and then a cheeky self-portrait…

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Special guests from The Big Bang Theory for the Q&A:

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking

Cambridge Film Festival highlights

Posted in Commercial and PR at 08:31 on 27/02/2013

Last week, someone asked me to dig out some pictures from last year's Cambridge Film Festival and I thought it was the perfect excuse to have a rummage around in the archive of film festival that I've built up. I've been working for the Cambridge Film Festival since 2005, so I thought it was about time that I put together a blog post showing some of the highlights over the years.

The Cambridge Film Festival is based at the Arts Picturehouse in Cambridge, where most of the screenings take place:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

However, the festival also does a great line in using spectacular external venues, such as Grantchester Meadows…

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… or the Institute of Astronomy for a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey

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… closing off streets in Cambridge …

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… and Ely Cathedral for an event with Michael Palin.

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Then of course we've got all of the filmmakers and actors who come along to support their films at the festival. Here are a few of the guests who've been highlights for me over the years:

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Tilda Swinton Cambridge Film Festival

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Mark Kermode Cambridge Film Festival

Paddy Considine Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

Gary Oldman Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Peter Greenaway Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Damien Lewis Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

And of course we've got some of the staff & volunteers that it's been a pleasure to work with, starting off with festival director Tony Jones in the nerve centre at the top of the Arts Picturehouse:

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Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

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Cambridge Film Festival

Closing weekend of the 2012 Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 20:21 on 23/09/2012

It's already been a busy day for Cambridge Film Festival blog posts from me, so I'm going to be brief with my final post from the festival. Here are a few highlights of the closing weekend to go with my earlier silent film post and Bill & Katie's wedding.

First up, we've got director Bryn Higgins, who brought Unconditional to the festival:

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Next up, John Sweeney, who provided the live soundtrack to Hitchcock's Blackmail:

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Next up, a couple of highlights from James Mackay's Microcinema strand. First, we've got filmmakers Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pail, who premiered Savage Witches at the Cambridge Film Festival:

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Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

And William Fowler of the BFI curating a set of films by William Lacey:

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The closing weekend also played host to producer Isona Passola, who brought the amazingly popular Black Bread here as part of the festival's Catalan strand:

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…and Dylan Richards, who directed Richard Burton: The Secret:

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

The regular highlight of the closing night is always the surprise movie. This year, the sense of occasion was highlighted by the security clampdown that saw everyone surrendering their phones on the way into the screening. Somehow, my little ol' camera (I'm good at this understatement thing, aren't I?) didn't count, so here's the sold-out crowd and festival director Tony Jones closing the festival:

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Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Cambridge Film Festival 2012

Silent film at the Cambridge Film Festival with Neil Brand

Posted in Commercial and PR at 12:23 on 23/09/2012

Ever since I took a chance and decided to watch some of Dviga Vertov's work at the Cambridge Film Festival a good ten or so years ago, I've loved watching silent film with live music. The Cambridge Film Festival is always a great place to get my fix, especially because the amazing Neil Brand is often on hand.

I missed what by all accounts was an amazing soundtrack for The Ring, but here are a few of my favourite pictures from Neil accompanying Aelita, Queen of Mars (I'm keeping with the Soviet film theme in this blog post) and entertaining a cinema full of children with Not-So-Silent-Cinema, a Cambridge Children's Film Festival event that turned the smaller members of the audience into part of the orchestra.

Not-So-Silent-Cinema:

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silent film Neil Brand

silent film Neil Brand

Ian Christie introducing Aelita, Queen of Mars:

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silent film Neil Brand

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