The 27th Purbeck Film Festival will take place in over 30 venues

The 27th Purbeck Film Festival will return to screens at over 30 venues across the district next month.

A total of 80 films will be presented through a packed program in venues ranging from cinemas to party halls.

Sir Mark Rylance, award-winning actor and director, is patron of the festival this year alongside screenwriter Olivia Hetreed and producer/director Andy Paterson.

A number of directors will personally introduce some of the films and answer questions.

Anthony Fabian, who directed Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, will present the film at the Rex Cinema in Wareham on Saturday 15 October.

While Margy Kinmonth will answer questions about Eric Ravilious – Drawn in Wara film about the official war artist killed in a plane crash in 1942, screened at Mowlem in Swanage on Wednesday 26 October.

Among the events planned is a screening of The Great Gatsby – the 1974 version starring Robert Redford – at The Blue Pool, with the public invited to dress up Gatsby style, while enjoying drinks and a meal.

The first weekend of the festival includes a screening of The Artist, the wonderful celebration of the silent, black-and-white Hollywood era, and concludes with A Love Song, a romantic film set in rural Colorado.

In between there are classics like Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Kenneth Branagh’s version of Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile, and West Side Story, as well as more recent releases like Belfast (about childhood Branagh), Jim Broadbent’s wonderful portrayal of a 60-year-old activist turned art thief in The Duke and a biographical drama about Elvis Presley.

Andrea Etherington, who chairs the Festival, said: “Films from 20 different countries will be screened across Purbeck in venues ranging from a castle and village halls to a golf club.

“We’ve worked incredibly hard to put together a truly exciting program that we hope will bring immense joy to moviegoers old and new.”

The Purbeck Film Festival runs from Friday 14th October to Saturday 29th October with support from BFI FAN and National Lottery funds.

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