Chorleywood Film Festival this weekend

Posted On March 7, 2019
March 07, 2019

THE BIG weekend starts here … Our very own Film Festival kicks off tonight with a movie quiz, then tomorrow The Happy Prince is showing at 8pm, Saturday morning there’s a special pre DVD release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, BLACKkKLANSMAN in the evening and The Odyssey on Sunday afternoon. Not to mention the award for Young film makers on Saturday afternoon! All events at the Memorial Hall. More details and tickets at

Chorleywood Film Festival 7thto 10thMarch – The Best Yet..!

 For the third year running Chorleywood Film Club and Chorleywood Bookshop (sponsored by Ultimate Destinations) are combining to give the village a long weekend celebrating film and film-making. 

What have they got in store for us?  We asked Keith Frost, Chair of the Film Club to give us a preview…

“The Festival has something for everyone. There are great and mostly bang-up-to-date films, the return of our Movie Quiz, the results of our film-making competitions for local 7-18 year olds – including another guest appearance by leading British film director (and now Festival patron) David Yates. And then we’re rounding the weekend off with a joint screening with the Twinning Association on the Sunday afternoon”

How Does the Festival Open?

“It opens with the return of our Movie Quiz, back by popular demand! Compiled by the Club’s resident Quiz Master, it provides an ideal opportunity for families and friends to get together to test their film knowledge – and you don’t need to be a full-on movie buff to enjoy it.”

 Is there any particular theme running through your film choices this year?

“Yes there is a loose theme:- all the films (with one exception) are powerful dramas based on true stories. These films have always proved really popular with the Film Club’s audiences so it seemed a natural choice.”

What’s the rest of the programme?

“Our opening film on Friday 8th is The Happy Prince (15). It’s written, directed by and stars Rupert Everett in the leading role as Oscar Wilde.  It deals with Wilde’s final years following his release from prison – with flashbacks to earlier, happier times.  Everett puts in a really tremendous performance and is ably supported by Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas.

“On Saturday morning we have Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (12) the very latest instalment in J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel. Newt Scamander is recruited by a younger Albus Dumbledore to thwart Gellert Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.  Starring Eddie Redmayne, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Katharine Waterston the film has only just left the multiplexes and we’re really thrilled to have it.  What’s more it’s directed by our special guest at the afternoon’s session – David Yates.

“Talking of which – and whom… On Saturday afternoon we have our Chorleywood Film Festival Awards session. It will feature clips from all the films made and submitted by local 7-18 year olds in the Mini-Movie Makers and Young Film-makers Competitions we’ve been running over recent months.  The entries have been judged by a panel of award-winning professional film directors (Ed Foster, Graham Ralph and David Yates) and they will be on hand to announce the winners (in the four different age categories) and present them with their awards.  Who knows we may be seeing the very early work of the next generation of BAFTA and Oscar nominees and winners!

Time permitting, David will also be interviewed by Martin Clarkson, our MC for the session, and take some questions from the audience. 

“Saturday evening’s film is BlacKkKlansman (15) starring John David Washington and Adam Driver,the latest from American director Spike Lee.  It tells the real-life-being-stranger-than fiction story of the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, Ron Stallworth.  Ron resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community by bravely setting out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

“And then on Sunday afternoon, we close the Festival by joining forces with the Twinning Association for The Odyssey (PG) – a recent subtitled French biopic about the world renowned aquatic pioneer, innovator, filmmaker, researcher and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau.

“During the 1960s this French ‘David Attenborough’ thrilled worldwide audiences with the unseen wonders of the deep and the adventures of his boat ‘The Calypso’ and its crew. But his expeditions and infidelities took their toll on his wife and their sons.  Directed by Jérôme Salle, the film stars Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney and Audrey Tautou.

That’s quite a programme, any final thoughts?

“Well we’ve learnt a lot over the Festival’s first two years. Each one takes a lot of time, hard work and effort to organise and deliver so we hope people in the village support and enjoy this year’s programme – we think it’s the best yet. 

And then once it’s over, we’ll start thinking about next year…”

All events at Chorleywood Memorial Hall

Tickets from and and Chorleywood Bookshop 



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