I'm in danger of sounding like a stuck record, but the fourth day of the 2009 Cambridge Film Festival was full of interesting events and screenings.
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life was presented by director Remi Bezancon, but before the screening could start there was the important business of punting down the Cam to attend to. Once I'd shown him how to get started, Remi was a natural:
The New Humanist magazine sponsored a panel discussion called Science on Screen. Magazine editor Caspar Melville chaired a passionate debate between Leonor Sierra (from Sense About Science), historian Louise Foxcroft and filmmaker Brent Leung (responsible for the controversial film House of Numbers):
See Caspar Melville's blog post for more on the issues raised by the film and the fact that it was shown at this year's Cambridge Film Festival.
After the success of bringing her first feature, Gypo, to the 2005 Cambridge Film Festival, director Jan Dunn brought The Calling to this year's festival for a preview screening. Actress Susannah York was also in attendance:
Finally, Magdalene Street was closed off for the Silents in the Streets event, with a series of silent films being screened on a set of screens running the length of the street.
The first screen to start showing films attracted a big crowd on Quayside:
The second screen, outside St John's College, accompanied by pianist Paul Robinson:
After a few technical hitches were sorted out, the main screen at the top of Magdalene Street started its programme with a Harold Lloyd silent comedy accompanied by festival regular Neil Brand: