We’re letting out a cheer as this year sees the inaugural Norwich Radical Film Festival arrive and it promises to leave a lasting impression on Norwich’s cinema scene – read on to see why we’re so looking forward to it!
The Norwich Radical Film Festival is an experience like no other in this city! It's not only about seeing quality shorts, features and documentaries from around the world, but getting involved and socializing with those who made the films and others who attend the festival. This is a “radical” festival like no other because it effectively highlights all genres of film, including animation, horror, science fiction, music video, and satire. The fact that it’s based in the city centre makes it easier for visitors to find the different cinemas and event venues (leaving more time for a pre-show tipple!) plus it’s scheduled over the August bank holiday – everyone loves seeing those three days off stretching out in front of them!
Along with many award winning films from around the world, the festival’s retrospective centerpiece film this year is Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun (star Timothy Bottoms will be in attendance too!) - catch the showing at Cinema City on Saturday 27 August, 6:30pm. The festival is also featuring his latest film about men’s health and their interpersonal relationships, Welcome to the Men’s Group, followed by a Q&A with Mr. Bottoms (Sunday 28 August, 7:15pm, Hollywood Cinemas).
The Norwich Radical Film Festival is the only festival in East Anglia that truly promotes engagement with the audience, with debates and discussions hosted by Academic scholars and industry experts as well as open access to their parties giving the public the chance to network and chat, one on one, with filmmakers - all in a relaxed social environment. One of the venues, St John’s Maddermarket, is a medieval church in agreement with The Churches Conservation Trust, which will be the festival headquarters and will offer free screenings as well as acting as a kind of festival ‘hub’; head over there to find information, buy tickets and purchase all access badges.
What makes this festival a must-visit for any film-buff is the chance to view films that you won’t get to see anywhere else! Local filmmaker Dale Beaumont-Brown’s documentary Grassroots - The Cannabis Revolution will be premiered at the Garage (27 August, 3pm) and is part of a whole line up of communal projects and films centered on community. The morning sees the unveiling of their Participatory program, “Counterstorytellers”: a project that was founded on the premise of establishing an environment of creativity and to provide a platform for new stories to be created and shared. Hence the word ‘counterstorytellers’: the power of storytelling is being handed over to members of the Norfolk community, and their first endeavor for this year’s Norwich Radical Film Festival includes two separate projects by students of Pathways Sixth Form College, Norwich and members of the community cinema run by the Filby Village Hall.
Finally, the country of focus this year is Brazil. The festival’s opening night film is Brasil Meu Amor at Hollywood Cinema at 7pm with special guest Humberto Pérez-Blanco, a senior lecturer in film at the University of the West of England and a specialist in Latin American Cinema. After that head over to the opening night party at the Owl Sanctuary to continue the celebrations!
If you need any more persuading, just think to yourself: where else can you choose between 200 films from all over the world, hear first hand accounts from filmmakers about their process in creating the art and be able to make your voice heard on social issues as well as pressing political debates? Or get to network in a social atmosphere while enjoying everything else (and there's plenty!) that Norwich has to offer?
We’re pleased to see the ticket prices are super low (and if you plan to see multiple films make sure you purchase an all access badge - it’ll get you into all of the films at any venue as well as the social networking events!)
Be ready to be wowed and enlightened; there's plenty of fun to be had!
For more information on events including ticket prices and where to purchase visit the Norwich Radical Film Festival website.