Cambridge Film Festival 2013 Round-up

It’s astonishingly late, but at last here’s a round-up of my reviews for TAKE ONE from this year’s Cambridge Film Festival. There was, as ever, a fine selection of films and special guests; when there are several movies you want to see all being shown at exactly the same time, then you know it’s going …

In the name of sanity, save the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

I’ve been tweeting like mad the past few days about the campaign to save the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse from sale or closure. This monumentally stupid predicament has been forced upon it by the UK Competition Commission who, in a fit of extreme diligence, have decided that having two cinemas with differing aims and audiences but …

CamFilmFest Diary: Day 11

Date: Sunday 23 September Films: 3 – The Extraordinary Voyage/A Trip to the Moon; Marnie; Holy Motors Beverages: 1 cappuccino, 1 water, 1 tea, 1 peppermint tea, 1 Carlsberg; 1 Strongbow Biscuits: 2 Verdict: A great final day of the festival. First up was The Extraordinary Voyage, a documentary about the importance and restoration of a rare colour version of Georges …

CamFilmFest Diary: Day 10

Date: Saturday 22 September Films: 3.5 – Not-So-Silent Movies; The Birds; The Ring; Thundercrack! Beverages: 2 teas, 1 water, 1 peppermint tea, 1 Guinness Biscuits: None Verdict: Today started brilliantly with the Not-So-Silent Movies session led by Neil Brand, introducing families and kids to the world of silent cinema. So we had clips from shorts …

CamFilmFest Diary: Day 8

Date: Thursday 20 September Films: 1 – Vertigo (plus a Hitchcock talk given by George Perry) Beverages: 2 teas Biscuits: One large banoffee cookie (purely for medicinal purposes) Verdict: A quiet day today before the final three days of the festival. Just the one film, but a biggie: Hitchcock’s Vertigo, in a brand new restored print on the massive Screen …