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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 to celebrate BFI Britain on Film. The first will be at the world famous music festival Boardmasters in Newquay between 11-noon on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August. On Friday August 18th, We will be 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 is preceded by a series of short films of which have been traced through the archive and are very rare pieces of history. This event is running at Kimberley Park in Falmouth at 20:30 on Friday August 18th.


Britain on Film heads to Boardmasters

As part of the BFI’s Britain on Film initiative, Cornwall Film Festival is bringing an exhibition of short surfing films through the ages to Newquay’s iconic Boardmasters Festival. For all the details follow the link below:

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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