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Coastal Film Events in Cornwall

This year the British Film Institute (BFI) is celebrating Britain on Film. Britain on Film is a three-year project led by the BFI, that reveals hidden histories and forgotten stories of people and places from the UK’s key film and TV archives. It is anchored by the BFI Player’s Film and TV Map of the UK, giving everybody in the UK free access to thousands of film and TV titles featuring where they live, grew up, or any place of interest in Britain.

Cornwall has a rich heritage and history surrounding surfing and shipping. With surfing itself having such a strong origin in Cornwall it is a perfect way to fit the theme of coastal with a pastime that has continued to permeate Cornish life and its beaches to this day. Along with this is the theme of Shipping and Cornwall’s history in boating. Cornwall’s shipping heritage has been alive for decades and is a theme that is present in every coastal town in Cornwall. The shipping culture is a part of life here and is something that many people in Cornwall can so naturally identify with.

We are running two outdoor events in Cornwall a ‘surf’ themed event screened on beach with a retro party feel, with an added element of audience fun with inflatable palm trees!  An open air free screening we are asking for contributions to Cornwall’s only media education charity.  We’re going to be kicking off by showing how the oldies made waves, with 4 archive surfing shorts followed by the main feature of some more excitement on the seas with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). This event is running at Kimberley Park in Falmouth at 20:30 on Friday August 18th.

Event two is a boat themed event with some of the attendees seated in orange inflatable dinghies. We’ll be screening James Cameron’s iconic Titanic (1997), preceded by a series of short film work to promote an understanding of small boats and their place in people’s lives, and of the maritime heritage of Cornwall.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the BFI’s Britain on Film Initiative follow over to their page here.

In celebration of Britain on Film, the BFI have launched an application where you can glimpse into the past and see what was filmed in the different areas of cornwall back in the day. From Sennen to Saltash, why not catch some of these fascinating archived gems on the BFIPlayer.

As a quick teaser, check out this beautify preserved 1970s footage of Newquay’s Surfing Championship below.

In association with The Museum of British Surfing and The First Wave.


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