Full steam ahead for Wells film festival

Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers.

Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers.

The role of trains in film drama from 1896 to the 21st century is the theme of this years Wells Film Festival which steams into the seaside town between March 20 and 22.

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot - Credit: AP

New this year will be two stop-frame animation workshops for young people from six to 16 years of age to try their hand at film making themselves with free entry to Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers sponsored by Aardman films,

There will also be a first late night showing of the cult movie Trainspotting, starring Ewan McGregor, as well as classic favourites such as The French Connection, Some Like It Hot and Brief Encounter.

A unique survivor of the silent era, The Signal Tower (1924), a film about American railroads makes for an exciting presentation, including the use of 16mm projection, given by Oscar winner Kevin Brownlow on a return visit.

It is hoped he will be accompanied by the renowned broadcaster and silent film pianist, Neil Brand, whose most recent composition was a new version of A Christmas Carol broadcast on December 20 last year with a live audience in Maida Vale Studios.

Brief Encounter with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson; © Carlton International

Brief Encounter with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson; © Carlton International - Credit: Archant

Wells Action for Fairtrade are holding a fair-trade pop-up Café offering delicious soups and light snacks during the whole weekend.

All ticket holders are invited to the reception on the first night and the last night party.

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More information, film showing and workshop times and tickets will be on the website www.wells-cinema.com in due course.

* Are you planning an event? Email kathryn.cross@archant.co.uk

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