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Impressive first feature The Cliff Top Sessions directed by local folk legend Martha Tilston Opens Cornwall Film Festival 2019

This year’s Cornwall Film Festival Opening night Gala’s is the premier of Martha Tilston impressive first feature The Cliff Top Sessions, a beautifully observed music documentary starting a directed by Martha.  To watch this film is to open the door on that late-night music session that most of us rarely get to see. The art of song captured like never before on film.

Set on a wild winters night in a secret clifftop cottage in deepest Cornwall, nine musicians and a camera crew collide. Cult songwriters from around the UK were invited to play their best song; no backing band, audience or music industry – Just a house on the edge of a cliff, roaring fire, guitars, grand piano and the invisible magic of song that was palpable that night.

On Friday 15th November at The Poly Falmouth, the screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Martha, previous CFF Golden Chough winner Nina Constable and cinematographer Becky Strong.
Now in its 18th year, Cornwall Film Festival caters for both connoisseurs and casual viewers alike with a 2019 programme carefully curated to reflect this year’s theme: ‘EVOLVE’. Our exciting and varied programme includes features, shorts, dramas, documentaries, off-the-wall comedies, International and UK cinema, award winners from Cannes and showcases of new work from the big-name filmmakers of tomorrow.

Tickets are available at The Poly Box Office www.thepoly.org from £9-11 with all the programme information at www.cornwallfilmfestival.com

5/10/2019

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Want to see more films in one weekend than you’d get to see in months? 

Let Cornwall Film Festival shake up your cultural calendar this November with a thought-provoking and challenging showcase of independent cinema. This year’s festival takes place on November 15, 16 & 17 at The Poly in Falmouth and is jam packed with critically acclaimed new releases that won’t be shown anywhere else in the South West.

Now in its 18th year, Cornwall Film Festival caters for both connoisseurs and casual viewers alike with a 2019 programme carefully curated to reflect this year’s theme: ‘EVOLVE’. Our exciting and varied programme includes features, shorts, dramas, documentaries, off-the-wall comedies, International and UK cinema, award winners from Cannes and showcases of new work from the big-name filmmakers of tomorrow.

New for 2019, Screen Stars of Tomorrow showcases the best work in Cornwall with selected screenings. We’ll be running Industry development workshops and talks for students and professionals, as well as working together with INTO film to run a free schools & young people’s programme. 

This Years Gala’s include the premier of The Cliff Top Sessions, a music film from local folk legend Martha Tilston, followed by a director Q&A session with Nina Constable (previous Golden Chough winner) and Becky Strong. And come dressed as your best zombie for Sunday’s closing gala Little Monsters! – Lupita Nyong’o shines in this delirious zom-com that guarantees you’ll never listen to Taylor Swift in the same way again!

Dolly Wells wins the British Breakthrough filmmaker award with her sharp-witted comedy Good Posture starring Emily Mortimer with cameos from Martin Amis and Zadie Smith.  

Premier screening of System Crasher from first-time director Nora Fingscheidt who transcends a psychological study to craft vibrant, visceral and emotional cinema, which elicits unforgettable performances.

Alejandro Landes delivers one of the most talked about films of the year – a hallucinogenic, intoxicating thriller about child soldiers, Monos sparks with dark adrenal electricity and is completely, utterly thrilling. 

For documentary lovers Honeyland is a visual treat – While Hatidze trudges up a hillside to check her bee colonies nestled in the rocks in a deserted Macedonian village, an itinerant family moves in who threaten to destroy Hatidze’s way of life forever.

The classics stand includes The Blues Brothers – with its fantastic soundtrack and star appearances from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles and James Brown, this is one funky road movie!  80s classic The Breakfast Club – you’ll never look at school detentions in the same way again! Starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheey.

The Schools programme includes four titles: Diego Maradona – an intimate insight into one of football’s most famous icons from esteemed filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes – based on the much-loved collection of short stories, including a workshop. Indie favourite Jellyfish is about spotting the untapped potential and talent of a young woman turning her quick-temper into stand-up comedy, and in partnership with Falmouth Art Gallery’s Sidewalk Surfer exhibition, Mid90s’ is an expressive coming-of-age film from director Jonah Hill with a pulsating soundtrack set around a group of teenage boys at a skate shop.

And, as if that wasn’t enough to satisfy even the most eager of film fans, the Festival presents a unique opportunity to view a huge variety of shorts with screenings of a shortlisted entry in the International and Regional short film competition categories, as well as the winning short from the Festival’s ever-popular Student category. Previous year’s audiences have told us our short film programme was an unmissable highlight of their festival experience and this year’s selection will not disappoint – we have offerings from first-time writer directors and seasoned festival contributors alike, covering almost every genre. Whether it’s sci-fi, horror, documentary, animation, experimental or comedy that’s your thing, this year’s shorts have something for everyone!

Beyond screenings, the weekend offers masterclasses, talks, director Q&A’s and networking events for aspiring filmmakers, screenwriters and curious cinemagoers—a comprehensive programme curated by industry experts to offer Cornwall’s wealth of emerging homegrown talent a unique opportunity to grow their skills and careers without crossing the Tamar! Including Talent Executive from the BFI Network, Clare Tavernor (BBC3) and Dave Waller from Phono – Developing stories from Cornwall and beyond, Props Master Ben Lofts talking production design and BAFTA winner Joan Stribling will run a make up for film demo. 

Tickets 

General tickets are available from The Poly Box Office www.thepoly.org – lookout for CFF screenings in the listing

General tickets Adults £7.75 Stud/Snr/Ben £6.00 | Shorts £3 per person

Passes

Friday Industry Passes including The Cliff Top Sessions Gala Preview screening and BFI Network reception £10 (no reductions)

Saturday Pass – For a Saturday jam-packed with film! – £30

Sunday Pass – Because Sundays were made for cinema! – £25

CFF Weekend Pass – This is the full film festival experience! – £45

Entry to every film screening across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Friday & Saturday Night Gala and festival-themed drink in the bar. Entry to all talks and social events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A Cornwall Film Festival 2019 T-shirt! Sit where you want with a seating reserve just for you!

For further information and to purchase tickets, see: www.cornwallfilmfestival.com

Where – The Poly, Falmouth King Charles Hall & the Moor Falmouth

Situated in the heart of Falmouth, The Poly is an arts institution that is a local hotspot and the perfect venue for an independent film festival. Having worked with The Poly for years, it’s a real treat to be able to return to the venue by popular demand for this, the 18th Edition of the Cornwall Film Festival, you’ll be able to find the full programme of events shortly or take a look at The Poly, Falmouth.

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