Discover all the events on Sunday 12th November at the Cornwall Film Festival – THE POLY, FALMOUTH

click the ticket links for individual screenings and events or get a daily ticket / weekend ticket here


11:00 – 12:16

Dir: James Stier | Austria/UK | 2017 | PG 76 mins. Introduction to the film and short Q&A with Producer Leo Kaserer.

With skills passed down from generations before, Malcolm is the last traditional fisherman in the Rame Peninsula, fishing with handmade pots, a wooden boat and nets. At over 70 years old, the sea is etched into his face, his hands, his soul. He is a holding pattern, preserving a dying industry and a constant reminder of a way of life that doesn’t exist anymore. The world around him has changed and his occupation, his village and his community are evolving at a rapid pace. Malcolm finds himself now as a man out of time and out of touch, struggling to understand his place in the world.

However, when it looked impossible for him to continue, an unlikely friendship with an Austrian youth worker begins which has unexpected results for both of them. Last Fisherman is a reflection and celebration of a simple life, and the impact of the industry, community and world around it. “This lovely documentary is a celebration of one man’s life and a poem to the strength of community” Anna Navas, Plymouth Arts Center



Dir: Chris Lucas | UK | 2017 | Cert PG 30 mins

British adventurer Chris Lucas and his actor father Niall, have never spent much time together. Now the two very different characters depend on each other for survival as they canoe down one of the most remote rivers in Canada. “The Yukon Assignment” is a breathtaking exploration of one of the Earth’s last wildernesses and the story of how adventure can sometimes bring us together, irrespective of age.

We are joined by producer Charlie Fripp


14:15 -16:15


God’s Own Country Dir: Francis Lee|UK|2017|104 mins| Cert 15 + Patrick Gale

God’s Own Country has been picking up awards left and right, including a best director prize at Sundance and the prestigious Michael Powell award at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Francis Lee’s remarkable debut feature tells a story of Johnny Saxby, a taciturn young man, who lives on a failing Yorkshire farm with his father and grandmother. Unhappy and frustrated with his life, he numbs his daily frustrations with binge drinking and casual sex. But when Gheorghe, a Romanian migrant worker, is brought in to help during lambing season, it ignites an intense relationship between them that sets Johnny on a new path.

It’s a perceptive, intelligent film with outstanding ensemble performances and a worthy winner of our British breakthrough first-time filmmaker award. The Yorkshire-born Lee eschews sentimentality for realism, acknowledging that while the British countryside is beautiful, it can also be wild, lonely and profoundly estranging.

We are delighted to be joined on stage by the acclaimed writer Patrick Gale, author of the new BBC drama, Man in an Orange Shirt and of novels including A Perfectly Good Man, The Whole Day Through, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition and his latest, the Costa nominated A Place Called Winter to discuss the impact of the Gay Britannia season and the importance of queer content on our screens in 21st Century Britain.

Director Francis Lee is tough, sensual, unsentimental, with excellent lead performances from Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Captivating” – ★★★★★ BBC Culture

“Sensual, surprising and incredibly affecting” ★★★★★ Little White Lies

Awarded: Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film, Edinburgh International Film Festival \ Manner Jury Award for Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival \ Directing Award for World Cinema – Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival


14:30 -16:00

Dir: Justin John Doherty |UK | 2017 | 84 mins | Cert 18

John is a touring jazz musician who has never met a woman like Alice. That’s because there aren’t many women like Alice. Their love is urgent and physical and they have made heady declarations of their devotion to each other. Blowing out of the city like a whirlwind in the night, Alice and John flee to the sea riding a blissful wave of new love. Consumed in each other’s bodies and thoughts the coast nourishes their growing affection and bond. Over the course of a romantic weekend getaway they come into contact with strangers and friends and the bubble threatens to burst as they discover the vulnerabilities, flaws and manipulations that were previously masked by the intoxicating fever of fleeting nights and snatched moments at the end of John’s sets and between his tours around Europe and the States.



Yorgos Lanthimos| Ireland / UK | 112 mins | Drama / Thriller

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) is a psychological thriller-horror film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster), reuniting him with Colin Farrell and also starring Nicole Kidman. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, going on to win the Best Screenplay award.

Steven (Colin Farrell), an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon is married to Anna (Nicole Kidman), a respected ophthalmologist. They are well off and live a happy and healthy family life with their two children, Kim, 14 (Raffey Cassidy) and Bob, 12 (Sunny Suljic). Steven has formed a friendship with Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless 16 year-old boy whom he has taken under his wing. Things take a sinister turn when Steven introduces Martin to his family, gradually throwing their world into turmoil and forcing Steven to make a shocking sacrifice or run the risk of losing everything.
‘An excellently crafted movie, with great scenes, music, performances and a huge debt to Stanley Kubrick,’ Kaleem Aftab, The Independent

‘To see an unfettered nightmare like this from such an idiosyncratic director feels like a cruel treat, and a welcome stylistic stretch,’ Emily Yoshida, Vulture

★★★★★ The Telegraph  





Dir: Geremy Jasper|USA|2017|108 mins|Cert 15

The rousing, crowd-pleasing Patti Cake$, acclaimed at Sundance earlier this year, features a heroic performance by Australian actress Danielle Macdonald in a breakout role as indomitable, if unorthodox aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski: aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$.

Fighting an unlikely quest for glory in her downtrodden Jersey hometown and taunted for her weight, Patti’s life is notably hampered by the misfortunes and heartaches suffered by her troublesome mother (played by US comedian Bridget Everett).

But, cheered on by her grandmother (Cathy Moriarty) and her friends Jheri (Siddharth Dhananjay) and Basterd (Mamadou Athie), she remains determined to battle the haters and conquer the hip hop scene with her original and affecting music. Crackling with authenticity, infectious energy and full of heart, US writer-director Geremy Jasper’s feature debut celebrates his heroine’s outsider status.
“An unambiguous joy” The New York Times