Chorleywood Film Festival 2018

Looking back at our second successful Chorleywood Film Festival 22.02 – 25.02.2018  here are a few highlights and the programME.

Thursday 22 February 2018

Movie Quiz Night

The festival’s opening event on the Thursday was an exciting movie quiz night. The questions were compiled by the film club’s own residents quizmaster, using stills, film clips and soundtracks. The evening was a great success and some guests have already reserved a table for next year’s quiz. 

Friday 23 February 2018

Loving Vincent
Animated Biographical Drama: 2017: Cert 12 : 95 mins

This BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated film was a stunning visual treat.  The first ever fully oil-painted feature film brought Vincent Van Gogh’s extraordinary painting style vividly to life. It took us through the artist’s last days and explored the mystery of his death. Starring: Robert Gulaczyk, Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Saoirse Ronan, Helen McCrory, Chris O’Dowd and directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman.

Saturday 24 February 2018

Exciting morning session for younger people and families

Special Guest – David Yates

It was a privilege for us to welcome the director of the last four Harry Potter films and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them to join us in person to talk about his fascinating career in film making. He also took part in a Q&A session with the audience afterwards.

Young film makers competition
Congratulations to the winners in each of the Young Film Makers Competition. 3 age group category winners  (7-11, 12-15 and 16-18) were announced and their winning entries were shown.

Poles Apart (2017: 12 mns) – Best British Short Animation – BAFTA 2018 winner
When a tough female polar bear and an enthusiastic male grizzly bear are brought together by changing habitats and lack of food in a melting Arctic, she has to decide whether the ‘grizzly’ is her food – or her friend. BAFTA 2018 winner for the Best British Short Animation – written, directed and animated by National Film & Television School graduate, Paloma Baeza, as well as Ser En Low.


Saturday afternoon 24 February 2018

Paper Planes
Children’s Drama: 2015: Cert U: 94 mins

An imaginative tale from Australia about a young boy’s passion for everything that flies and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. A beautiful, lighthearted and funny film with Sam Worthington and David Wenham – and directed by Robert Connolly.

After the screening, we held our very own paper plane flying competition with audience!

Saturday 24 February 2018  

Lars and the Real Girl (Doors open at 7.30pm)
Comedy Drama: 2007: Cert 12: 102 mins

Ryan Gosling provides a spectacular tour-de-force as a dysfunctional young man who only begins to blossom when he starts a “relationship” with an expensive life-size doll. When he takes the risk of introducing “Bianca” to the tightly-knit community in which he lives, the “relationship” is met with an unexpected response. Directed by Craig Gillespie, it also stars Emily Mortimer and Paul Schneider.

Sunday 25 February 2018

Victoria & Abdul (Doors open at 1.30pm)
Biographical Comedy Drama: 2017: Cert 12: 112 mins

Based on a true story about the controversial relationship between the elderly Queen Victoria and a handsome, young Indian clerk who joins the Royal Household. As their friendship – and the hostility towards it from others – deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Directed by Stephen Frears, starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard & Tim Piggott-Smith.