Monday, 17 December 2018

Festival of film to light up Henley

SIXTIES gangsters are all very well in their place — see main article, right — but here in Henley, film fans have a taste for stories that are right up to the minute

SIXTIES gangsters are all very well in their place — see main article, right — but here in Henley, film fans have a taste for stories that are right up to the minute.

Following months of hard work by the organisers, the “film” part of the Henley Fringe and Film Festival is finally upon us — with four separate screenings lined up at the Regal Picturehouse cinema this weekend.

Three of these comprise two-hour blocks of nine short films, with the Saturday evening slot being given over to an exclusive one-off preview of Containment — a 77-minute feature whose stars include 15-year-old Gabriel Senior from Sonning Common.

Containment screens at 8.30pm on Saturday, but the festival proper gets under way at 10am that morning with the first batch of short films: Butterfly Dreams, V for Virginia, Go Against, Goodboy, Switch Man, Sunday Dinner with the Morgans, Replace, Antoine, and Taking the Lead.

At 10am the following day, the second batch of nine short films will screen. These are: Alarm Clock Kid, Beachcomber, Mrs Kaye, Bark Mitzvah, Shift, The Wires, Drone Strike, The Jigsaw, and Enchanting Rupert.

Then at 7.30pm on Sunday evening, the third batch of nine shorts will wrap up the festival. These are: Thanatos, The Barber’s Cut, Then and Now, Triangles of Happiness, Patient 39, Golden Thread, Shadows, Rule of One, and Centurion Resurrection.

Jo Southwell, the founder and artistic director of the Henley Fringe and Film Festival, said: “I am really excited about the coming weekend. Myself and Katherine Selway have been working on this over the last 12 months and it will be great to finally see the films on the big screen.”



She added: “We have been overwhelmed by the number and variety of films submitted this year.

“I am especially proud that we have the preview screening of Containment before it has its UK release and such films as Then and Now — a 9/11 tribute — and the ability to include outstanding work by local filmmakers TRENCH.”

Full details of all the films showing this weekend — including their individual ratings — can be found on the Henley Fringe and Film Festival website at www.henleyfringe.org

Ticketing options include a weekend film pass giving admission to all the screenings except for Containment. See the festival website for full details or to book in advance.

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