The Poly: 2nd November – 5th November

Wednesday 2nd November

19:00 -21:00

Romeo + Juliet

Dir: Baz Luhrmann | USA | 1996 | Running time 120 mins | 12

Baz Luhrmann’s now-iconic 1996 adaptation of the classic, Romeo and Juliet, starring Oscar-Winner Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the tragic couple. The film is set in the created world of Verona Beach – a violent, other world set neither in the future nor in the past where the Montagues and Capulets share an enmity that has become the birthright of their offspring. These wealthy, selfish, ruthless and powerful parents rule this created and frequently corrupt world of businessmen and politicians against which unfolds the well-known love story.

+ Silent Shakespeare Shorts 

A unique collection of early Shakespeare adaptations made between 1899 and 1911 remastered from the only known surviving materials of the originals accompanied by a specially commissioned score by award-winning young composer Laura Rossi.

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Saturday 5th November

11:00 – 12:15

Cornish Shorts

A showcase of local filmmaking talent from entries submitted to the 2016 Cornwall Film Festival Short Film Competition, bringing worthy filmmakers to regional and national attention. Cornwall Film Festival seeks to represent the most innovative and adventurous from filmmakers whose short films manifest stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché.


Cornish Saints Lizzie Arthur (Truro Cathedral) 05:53 Short
Wet Dream Joel Duddnell 15:16 Short
Rhubarb Paul Hills 03:46 Short
Earth Beneath My Feet Ella Jane New 19:34 Short
On Sunday David Lea 06:30 Short

 + Chalk

A short film made by the BFI Cornwall Film Academy 2015 | 9:19

“Life Changes, Love Doesn’t”. Phil, a young gymnast, is not the most popular girl at the gym and often suffers the ridicule from Leila, the gym’s Queen Bee (or so she likes to think). However, Macey has stuck by Phil’s side so much that Phil has developed feelings for her that she has never had for anyone before. When Phil has a horrific accident during practice that puts her life at risk, she sees the world differently and the future she can have with the one she cares about most.

13:30 – 16:00

Diary of a Madman


Dir: Tanya & Paul Morel | UK  | 2016 | 74min | Drama | 12
 ‘a darkly comic, ultimately heartbreaking tale of one man’s journey into insanity’ adapted from the short story by the Russian writer Nikolai Gogol. Poprishkin, a low ranking, civil servant with ideas above his station has fallen in love with the Director’s daughter. Coupled with delusions of grandeur and an inability to accept his lot in life, this obsession acts as catalyst that sets him on the road to madness. A journey that is both absurdly funny and heartbreakingly tragic…Adapted from the short story by Russian writer Nikolai Gogol, this beautifully filmed and stunningly performed portrait of one man’s decline into insanity is intimate, authentic and ultimately very moving…Filmed over a week in a single room with a cast of one and a crew of three, the story is made up of 20 diary entries, each one shot in a continuous take. The result is an utterly compelling film that will stay with you long after you have finished watching.

“Absolutely amazing, cannot praise you enough for the whole production – totally blown away”It was terrific – a fascinating fusion of theatre and film”

+ Shooting in One Room Talk

Without the seemingly infinite budget enjoyed by larger production one-room productions provide filmmakers with an inexpensive setup to produce some of the most imaginative examples of their craft. While we appreciate films with vast sets and rich locations, some are shot in a single location that you can watch it without a break and with the viewers full attention from the gory, horrific and darkly imaginative, Saw that pushed this genre of one-room thrillers, forget one room – one car in Steven Knight’s Locke, with Tom Hardy to probably the best historical film in the genre, Sidney Lumet’s first feature 12 Angry Men (1957) a gripping and engrossing examination of a diverse group of twelve jurors who are uncomfortably brought together to deliberate after hearing the ‘facts’ in a seemingly open-and-shut murder trial case. It sheds light on the subtle ways people interact with each other Cinematographer Boris Kaufman, who had already demonstrated his skill in On the Waterfront (1954) uses diverse camera angles (a few dramatic, grotesque closeups and mostly well-composed medium-shots) to illuminate and energize the film’s cramped proceedings. We welcome filmmakers Paul & Tayna Morel to talk us through the opportunities and challenges of shooting in 1 room for Diary of a Madman.

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19:00 – Sponsors Reception in the Bar

The magic of silent cinema brought to life with a live orchestra

Kevos presents: Sound & Cinema Live Music and Film Performances.

I was born, But…

Dir: Yasujirō Ozu | Japan  | 1932 | 100min | Indie film/Drama

We are delighted to welcome some of Cornwall’s most established musicians, part of KEVOS group to perform live to the classic silent feature I was born, But…  One of Ozu’s most popular films.

A masterpiece from the silent era accompanied live by a glittering score from Ed Hughes. I Was Born, But . . . is a delightful tale of family life as told from the point of view of a couple of two little boys. The story of two brothers, Keiji (Tomio Aoki) and Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara), who move to a new neighborhood in the Tokyo suburbs. Ed Hughes’ delicate music perfectly captures Ozu’s touching story of the different generations of a Tokyo family navigating a fast-changing world as well as a showcase for Ozu’s expertly timed comedy editing.

Kevos is a group of some of Cornwall’s finest musicians led by Patrick Bailey who has conducted concerts with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta,  with a passion for performing contemporary classical music, performers include Philip Montgomery-Smith, Violin/Viola; Barbara Degener,  Cello; William Sleath, Flutes; David White, Clarinets; Stella Pendrous, Piano; James Robinson, Percussion led by the conductor Patrick Bailey.  Kevos performs a wide range of the best of new music including cross-art collaborations with film, visual arts, spoken word and dance from the past 70 years.  Ed Hughes studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge University, with Robin Holloway and Alexander Goehr, and at Southampton University with Michael Finnissy. His work has been described as ‘polyphonic, clear and unique’. To find out more about Ed Hughes and his work visit his website.

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Wednesday 9th November

19:30 – 21:30

Silent Horror Shorts with live accompaniment by Paul Shallcross

Various Programme | 65 mins

The return of the popular comic spoofs of horror situations from the silent short horror films from the dawn of the 20th century, featuring brand new scores especially commissioned by the Abertoir Horror Festival. Composed and performed by pianist Paul Shallcross, and featuring introductions about each film. 65mins.

Paul Shallcross began his career as a composer while he was still working as a music and drama teacher. “It’s so much more electric, the live performance,” he explains, “when you record a film you haven’t got that feeling that the audience is there behind you and your music is generating a response.”

Four troublesome Heads – Melies (1896) – 1 min.

An Incoherent Excursion – Segundo de Chomon (1909) – 9 mins

Prelude – Castleton Knight (1928) – 6 mins

Prelude is a very dark and original film based on Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor and is about being buried alive but rated 12.

The Thieving hand – John Stuart Blackton (1909) – 6 mins

The Haunted House – Buster Keaton (1921) – 23 mins

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Events to come November 30th

19.30 – 21.30

50 Years of Film at Falmouth Screen Talk with Dennis Lowe

Film has been taught at Falmouth for fifty years. The first moving image cameras were bought in 1966, giving Falmouth one of the longest film traditions of any UK university and our alumni can be found today working in every part of the global film, animation and television industries.

Most film courses in the UK were founded in schools of photography, but Falmouth was nurtured in Fine Art – it recognized film as a contemporary form of self-expression and art form in its own right. 

One of the first Fine Art students to embrace the moving image was Dennis Lowe who described filmmaking as a ‘marriage of technology with the soul’!  Dennis graduated in 1971 and went on to enjoy a glittering career in special and optical effects working on films such as Alien, Aliens, Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal, The Never Ending Story, Sense & Sensibility, The Talented Mr Ripley, The English Patient and Cold Mountain.

This year we are celebrating 50 years of film making at Falmouth – half a century of producing dynamic, independent, creative storytellers who work in film, TV, animation and VFX. We are honoured to welcome Dennis back to the place where his film career started, and to inspire the next generation of passionate filmmakers who also want to combine technology with the soul.

Christopher Morris. Director of the School of Film & Television.

 Tickets available here >