The Programme for Saturday 10th November 2018 at the Cornwall Film Festival

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A Showcase of Regional Filmmaking

Start 10.00 End 11.30

2018 International Official Selection

Start 12.00 End 14.00


On a Knife Edge  + Q&A with Director

Dir Jeremy Williams | 2017 | UK / US | 90 mins | Doc | CFF 12A   Start 14.15 End 16.15 

The culmination of five years of filming, this remarkable documentary from Jeremy Williams (Restless Flights, Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone) provides a privileged insight into the coming-of-age of a Native American teen, George Dull Knife, as he confronts the challenges of growing up in one of the poorest parts of America amidst a climate of rising tensions and social injustice. We follow George as he becomes politically active within the American Indian Movement and finds himself clashing with both the police and his tribal council as he prepares to assume leadership of his family. His story, captured in an immediate, observational style, is interwoven with visually arresting animations based on paintings by his father, emphasising the film’s themes of family and legacy.

On a Knife Edge is one of three films for which we are trialling a ‘sliding scale’ ticket pricing system, with the aim of making film affordable for all. You can either buy a standard price ticket via The Poly, or turn up on the day and tell us whether you want to pay £2, £4, £6 or £8 for your ticket! Find out more here.


Dir Wash Westmoreland | 2018 | UK/USA/Hungary | 111 mins | Drama, Historical Biopic | Age rating TBC |Start 16.45 End 18.45

Premiering at Sundance 2018 to rave reviews, this exhilarating period drama stars Keira Knightley (Atonement, Pirates of the Caribbean) alongside Dominic West (The Wire, Appropriate Adult) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), in a career-best performance as the groundbreaking French novelist, Colette (best known for Gigi). Intelligent and nuanced, the film depicts Colette’s complex marriage—which includes allowing her work to be published under her husband’s name—and her relationships with women, including Paris’ first documented same-sex kiss on stage. With timely relevance to the #MeToo era of female empowerment, this uniquely talented author, actor and journalist is shown to have been a whip-smart feminist trailblazer, fighting for the survival of her voice in a male-dominated world and shining a light for future generations of female artists.

Peterloo Gala

Dir Mike Leigh | 2018 | UK | Runtime TBC | Historical Drama | PG | Followed by Q&A with the director

‘One of the defining moments of its age’. On the 16th of August 1819, a crowd of 60,000 peaceful protesters were charged by government cavalry, resulting in an estimated 15 deaths and 700 wounded. Referred to as the Peterloo Massacre, this pivotal tragedy’s legacy includes the foundation of the Manchester Guardian newspaper and the passage of the Great Reform Act through Parliament 13 years later. Written and directed by Mike Leigh (Mr Turner, Happy-Go-Lucky) and starring Maxine Peake (Funny Cow, Silk) and Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Black Mirror), this ambitious historical epic presents the story of the massacre on a grand scale in the run up to its 200 year anniversary, and will premiere at the 75th Venice International Film Festival.

We are delighted to announce that director Mike Leigh will be present for a Q&A after the screening, making the Saturday Night Gala truly an evening not to be missed!

Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit Scratch n Sniff cinema 

King Charles Hall | start 11.00 am

Prepare to experience the nation’s favourite stop-motion heroes as you’ve never smelled them before! A brand new Scratch ‘n Sniff cinema event featuring Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, is coming to the Cornwall Film Festival as part of the UK-wide project Anim18: A Celebration of British Animation. From Stinking Bishop to Bunny Burps, immerse your senses in the duo’s first feature-length film from Aardman, complete with giant vegetables, ‘Anti-Pesto’, and a mysterious beast on the loose. Promising olfactory amusement for audiences of all ages.


Deep Time: Meteor | 10th and 11th November, 11am-5pm | The Moor, Falmouth | FREE ENTRY

As part of their Dark Skies: Bright Stars programme, Mayes Creative have commissioned artists Christina Romero Cross and Andrew Bird to create a ‘Deep Space’ themed film pod within which a small audience can view work from experimental artists. Step inside their meteor-shaped mini-cinema to view a rolling programme of films inspired by ‘Deep Space’ and ‘Cosmic Rays’ projected onto the pod’s interior surface in constellations. This sculptural and cinematic wonder has toured festivals throughout the summer and lands on the Moor in Falmouth on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, with free entry from 11am-5pm.