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September 2011 Archive

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...".

John Hurt portrait

Posted in Commercial and PR at 08:42 on 16/09/2011

John Hurt visited Cambridge yesterday along with Gary Oldman to open the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival with a special preview of the brilliant film adaptation of John le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. I had the opportunity of grabbing him for the whole of 30 seconds during a photo call to take this portrait of him in the grounds of Emmanuel College. John Hurt's got such an amazing face that I would love to have been able to spend longer (perhaps even as long as five minutes - I work fast ;-) ) photographing him.

John Hurt:

John Hurt portrait

Opening night of the 2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Posted in Commercial and PR at 08:32 on 16/09/2011

The 2011 Cambridge Film Festival opened in style last night with a special preview of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. In attendance were the director, Tomas Alfredson, screenwriter Peter Straughan, and two of the film's lead actors - the inimitable Gary Oldman and John Hurt.

The calm before the storm at the Arts Picturehouse:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

The press descend upon the filmmakers and actors at the photo call at Emmanuel College:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Director Tomas Alfredson, who also directed the brilliant Swedish vampire movie Let The Right One In:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,Tomas Alfredson

Screenwriter Peter Straughan:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Peter Straughan

The awe-inspiring John Hurt:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Hurt

Gary Oldman, being considerably less terrifying in real life than he is in some of my favourite roles on screen:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Gary Oldman

Festival director Tony Jones introducing the opening night film, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

The Q&A panel after the film kept the audience gripped:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

Of course, the whole point of the Cambridge Film Festival is that it shows hundreds of brilliant films throughout the festival. French director Celine Sciamma came to Cambridge to present her new feature, Tomboy. I remember liking her first feature, the unsettling Water Lillies, so I look forward to seeing Tomboy when it's released:

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

2011 Cambridge Film Festival

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