Sunday, 01 August 2021

Tea, cake and a great selection of cinema

FILM fans are looking forward to the cinematic half of the Henley Fringe and Film

FILM fans are looking forward to the cinematic half of the Henley Fringe and Film Festival — which takes place at the Regal Picturehouse in Boroma Way this weekend.

Showing this year are eight hours of short films from around the world and a locally produced feature film called Tea + Cake.

It is this which is opening the festival at 8.30pm tomorrow (Saturday).

Written and directed by Kirsty Robinson, with a running time of 93 minutes, the film is a coming of age story spanning four generations of women whose lives are interwined in a small town in England.

Relationships end, insecurities are faced, dreams are pursued and dashed, but one constant in their lives is the strength they gain from each other, their friendships and family.

For her work on Tea + Cake, Kirsty Robinson was nominated for talented new director and best story at the 2016 International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema.

The film has so far won best international feature at the SENE Film Festival, best narrative feature at the Geneva Film Festival, and a merit award for women filmmakers at Indie Fest. It was also the first runner-up for best feature at the Green Bay Film Festival.

Kirsty has worked in the film industry for the past 10 years and more recently in television. During any spare time she has she creates, writes and directs films.

While working at the independent production company Shoebox Films as creative executive Kirsty made Tea + Cake, which she calls her first “very low budget feature film” and which she started writing at the age of 14.

Having previously held jobs with Working Title Films and Shoebox Films for Paul Webster, Joe Wright and Guy Heeley, she now works in the development department at Hat Trick Productions.

On Sunday the festival continues with two screenings — at 10am and 7.30pm, both of which offer just under two hours of short films from around the world but with a big emphasis on local film productions.

Billed as “a great selection of short films from comedy to sci-fi to animation”, the evening session will open with a question and answer session with Kirsty Robinson on the subject of “Making your first feature”.

This will be followed by screenings of Human, Dragon, Double Cross, Mouse, Deirdre and Touch.

Festival organiser Jo Southwell said: “We are delighted to show Human starring local actresss Nadia Lamin of Gillotts School and The Henley College. Only this week Human has won best film at the Los Angeles CineFest.”

Among the expected highlights of the morning session is beach drama Footprints in the Sand by Bracknell-based filmmakers Clive Elkington and Alex Harvey-Brown.

The other films screening at 10am are Pushing Away, The Night Has Opened, To the Grave, Stealing and I Did.

Tickets are £10 for the Saturday evening screening and £9 for the Sunday morning and evening screenings. Weekend passes are also available, priced £26. To book via Eventbrite, visit

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