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Day eight of the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 17:04 on 23/09/2011

The 2011 Cambridge Film Festival continues with its usual busy programme of events. The highlight of day eight was the charismatic Hamish McAlpine, founder of Metro Tartan, in conversation with The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw.

Hamish McAlpine

Cambridge Film Festival

Peter Bradshaw

Director Phil Cox presented The Bengali Detective:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Street Kids United was followed by a Q&A session with director Tim Pritchard and coach Biza Maldano, who was featured in the documentary:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

The documentary Forks Over Knives was followed by a panel discussing the research and implications of film. The panel was lead by Pamela Raspe of Wallace Cancer Care:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Finally, continuing the Cambridge Film Festival's support for new filmmakers with its short film programmes, we have Andrew Brand, Chris Dundon and Emma Curtiss:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Day seven of the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 11:55 on 23/09/2011

I'm getting a bit behind on my blogging from the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival, and I'm going to blame that on the hectic schedule of events and guests arriving at the festival. Here's a roundup of the highlights of day seven of the festival (aka Wednesday).

If we're keeping score by the number of filmmakers and actors who come to the festival to support their film, Dimensions wins by a long way with 10 actors joining writer/director partners Ant Neely and Sloane U'Ren. Let's do a roll-call, starting with Sloane & Ant:

Cambridge Film Festival

Camilla Rutherford:

Camilla Rutherford

Henry Lloyd-Hughes:

Henry Lloyd Hughes

Patrick Godfrey, together with Hannah Carson, George Thomas and Sam Harrison:

Cambridge Film Festival

Sean Hart:

Sean Hart

Olivia Llewellyn:

Olivia Llewellyn

...and Edward Halstead:

Edward Halstead

Yes, that's 12 people in one group photo:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Also at the top of the bill for Wednesday was Page One, which was brought to Cambridge by director Andrew Rossi and New York Times journalist David Carr. They were joined by the multi-talented Professor John Naughton for the post-screening discussion:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Director Brian Winston brought A Boatload of Wild Irishmen to the festival:

Cambridge Film Festival

Meanwhile, Jan Gilbert compared Creative Front's event at Emmanuel College:

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

Cambridge Film Festival

The 2011 Cambridge Film Festival continues

Posted in Commercial and PR at 15:36 on 21/09/2011

The 2011 Cambridge Film Festival continues with a busy schedule of special events, guest filmmakers and actors and premiers. Here's a roundup of what's been happening over the last couple of days.

Director Ana Garcia came to Cambridge to present her documentary about Gibraltarian national identity, Gibraltar:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Nicolas Winding Refn, winner of the 'Best Director' award at this year's Cannes film festival, arrived in Cambridge for a special preview screening of Drive. No, he didn't smile while he was here, although we did get to hear some interesting stories during his Q&A session about telepathy and fetishes:

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn

Director Juanito Wilson brought her hard-hitting film, As If I Am Not There:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

...and Nocern Collado was here with Cartography of Loneliness:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

On a lighter note, Neil Brand and Jeff Davenport came to Cambridge for a reprise of their new, live soundtrack for the Douglas Fairbanks Robin Hood, preceded by a grand dinner for attendees at Trinity College:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Neil Brand stayed on for another day to talk about composer Bernard Hermann:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Emmanuel College is being a used a lot by the festival this year, including for yesterday's ICO panel discussion:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Continuing this year's strong theme of showing documentaries, Frank Piasecki Poulsen brought his film about mining in The Democratic Republic of Congo, Blood in the Mobile:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

One British film with a great buzz around it this year has been alternate history thriller Resistance. Here's director Amit Gupta:

Amit Gupta 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Last night's big event was Mark Kermode's visit to promote his new book, The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex:

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Mark Kermode 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Opening weekend of the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 14:14 on 19/09/2011

It's been a busy time here at the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival, so I'm going to compile the opening weekend's events into one roundup!

The Arts Picturehouse here in Cambridge has been playing host to filmmakers from around the world, here to present their films - many of them UK or world premiers. Let's start with Dominic Allan, here to present his award-winning documentary Calvet:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

The Cambridge Film Festival is a big supporter of new filmmaking talent, especially short film makers (for the pedants, that's the makers of short film makers - not the vertically-challenged makers of feature-length films). Here we have Christine Entwisle, here to present Our Ordered Lives:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Torsten Truscheit, here with Das Rauschen des Meeres:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Thomas Lawes presented his documentary about independent cinemas, The Last Projectionist:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Actors Ozzie Yue & Jennifer Lim were here for a Q&A session after An Act of Grace:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Burnout was brought to Cambridge by Verena Freytag:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

And Late September was accompanied by director Jon Sanders and actors Anna Mottram and Bob Goody:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

To finish off the opening weekend, the Cambridge Film Festival closed off Magdalene St in the centre of Cambridge to put on a series of short films and local archive footage:

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

Cambridge Film Festival 2011

The 2011 Cambridge Film Festival continues through to Sunday 25 September with a whole series of films and special events. Tonight, I'll be photographing a reprise of the 1920s version of Robin Hood with a new live score played by Neil Brand and Jeff Davenport - there's still a few tickets left if you're able to make it.

Gary Oldman portrait photograph

Posted in Commercial and PR at 09:00 on 16/09/2011

Along with John Hurt, Gary Oldman visited Cambridge yesterday to open the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival with his starring role in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Even though I work quickly, taking portraits during the middle of a photo call attended by dozens of members of the press is almost impossible, so I was delighted to be able to get about half a minute of Gary Oldman's time during the photo call to take this portrait of him.

Gary Oldman portrait

Gary Oldman has played so many wonderful roles, with the ones that stick out in my mind being full of explosive energy. Playing George Smiley in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is an enormous departure from those roles, and I loved the anecdote told by director Tomas Alfredson when he introduced the film. One of the scenes that didn't make the final cut was of Gary Oldman as George Smiley cooking eggs at home, wearing an apron: a quiet moment, full of melancholy for the cuckolded spy who's been forced out of his job. Watching the rushes, Gary Oldman turns to Tomas Alfredson and says "to think I used to be Sid Vicious...".

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