Film and Furniture proudly sponsor Cheltenham International Film Festival

Film and Furniture proudly sponsor Cheltenham International Film Festival

Many high profile directors and actors will be in attendance at the Cheltenham International Film Festival from 15-24 September, 2023. We are delighted to sponsor the festival for it’s fifth anniversary which will premiere, preview, and screen films new and classic. Among a list of guests attending the festival this year are Sir Stephen Frears, Ken Loach, Timothy Spall, Carol Morley, Monica Dolan, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Fanny Ardant and cast of the new BBC television drama, Boiling Point.

On 15 September director, Carol Morley, producer, Cairo Cannon, and Monica Dolan open the film festival with Typist Artist Pirate King starring Monica and two other award-winning British actresses, Kelly Macdonald and Gina McKee.

Closing the festival on 24 September is the UK premiere of The Miracle Club (Dame Maggie Smith, Laura Linney, Kathy Bates) in the presence of the film’s director, Thaddeus O’Sullivan.

Other British premieres include The Trouble with Jessica which stars Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams, and which is brimming with interiors inspiration!

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The Trouble with Jessica

Festival highlights include a special tribute to newly-knighted, Sir Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena, Dangerous Liaisons, My Beautiful Laundrette, Dirty Pretty Things), who discusses his career with broadcaster/journalist, Matthew Sweet, on 23 September.

Ken Loach joins the festival on 18 September for the UK premiere of his latest and, perhaps, farewell film, The Old Oak which is set in County Durham. And, Timothy Spall joins the parade of celebrities on 16th September with Bolan’s Shoes.

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Ken Loach’s The Old Oak

For the first time, the festival introduces television to the programme with the premiere of the new BBC Drama series, Boiling Point.  On hand will be the team of producers, writer and cast to share Boiling Point‘s journey from film short, to feature, to BBC Drama Series following a sneak preview screening of episode one.

Jury for Best Film, open only to filmmakers with one or two films on their resume is led by BAFTA Chair, Sara Putt.  Among the films short-listed is Amusia directed Marescotti Ruspoli; Marescotti will be joined in Cheltenham at the screening by Fanny Ardant and Carlotta Gambia.

Screenings will take place at Cheltenham’s Cineworld, at outdoor venues for “Under The Stars”, breweries such as Film and Furniture favourite Deya, and the Roses Theatre in Tewksbury where it will mark the 60th anniversary of Lord of The Flies with original cast members.

The Festival also has a Spanish season of films which include On The Fringe, starring Penelope Cruz and classic Spanish cinema, Luis Bunuel’s Tristana and Pedro Almodovar’s Women On The Verge A Nervous Breakdown.

The film festival’s supporters include Polish Oscar-nominated director, Jan Komasa, Mike Leigh, Steven Berkoff, Dame Judi Dench and Honorary Patron Simon Pegg.

Tickets are on sale at Cheltenham International Film Festival web site, the Everyman Theatre and Cineworld in Cheltenham.

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