Best of Bradford International Film Festival comes to Whitby

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WHITBY audiences will be able to catch some the best flicks from the Bradford International Film Festival this week.

People can see four different films from the festival showing on Wednesday 23 March and Thursday 24 March without having to travel all the way to the Yorkshire city, at Whitby Pavilion’s newly opened digital cinema based in the theatre.

The festival, which is now in its 17th year, is on now and runs until 27 March.

Bradford has been showing movies since the twilight of the 19th century and more than 100 years later, the city’s association with cinema continues to evolve, and Bradford International Film Festival remains at the very heart of it.

Its reputation is growing and is known in Cannes, Los Angeles and Toronto, Reykjavik, Tokyo and Warsaw.

Here the Whitby Gazette takes a look at the films which are showing this week.

GUILTY PLEASURES (12A)

Wednesday 23 March, 2.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Dir. Julie Moggan

This documentary looks past the book covers (and under the bedcovers) of Mills & Boon romance novels and their romantic notions of love.

Guilty Pleasures focuses on those looking for love or working at love in their lives.

People hear first-hand their own stories and experiences and travel with them on the journey to real love, not what’s written in a book.

From the publishing factories to Tokyo Metro trains, from the photographic studio for steamy photo shoots to the dining room of a northern couple, to the laptop of Roger, aka Gill Sanderson, a romance novelist, the film looks at the effect and popularity of the novels the world over, the reality behind them and also the reality of love in a modern world, where couples the world over realise the sacrifices and compromises one must make in relationships in addition to making the time for romance.

TIME BANDITS (PG)

Wednesday 23 March, 7.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Dir. Terry Gilliam GB

Starring Craig Warnock, David Warner, Ralph Richardson, Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Peter Vaughan, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Jack Purvis, Malcolm Dixon, Mike Edmonds, Tiny Ross

Snatched from his boring home by a sextet of intrepid dwarves who have stolen a map detailing the holes in the fabric of time, Kevin finds himself thrust into an eye-popping series of adventures as he meets Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon.

Terry Gilliam’s breathless world tour across the ages takes in everywhere from ancient Greece and 19th century Europe via the Titanic and the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.

It is there that Evil Genius wages his war on Mankind whilst the Supreme Being combats him with genteel aplomb.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, Time Bandits is a timeless classic - a non-stop odyssey through history with a gallery of famous faces in lovingly detailed cameos.

LIMELIGHT (U)

Thursday 24 March, 2.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Dir. Charles Chaplin

Starring Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton

Calvero, an ageing and down-on-his-luck comedian, returns to his lodging just in time to prevent the suicide of a young girl, Terry.

He nurses her, encourages her and sees her blossom as a ballerina.

But while she climbs the tree of success, he goes down it. Charles Chaplin hand-picked the 20-year-old Bloom to play the despondent dancer opposite his little clown in Limelight, and transformed her career.

Bloom was seemingly selected to play the fragile Theresa, a talented dancer afraid of success, since she resembled both Chaplin’s mother and his wife, Oona.

Chaplin became both mentor and father-figure to his young co-star and their on-screen chemistry (based on weeks of close rehearsals) results in a film of great poignancy and depth.

Limelight was Chaplin’s final American film and gave Bloom an entry into movies that few of her contemporaries could match.

WAKE WOOD (cert 15)

Thursday 24 March, 7.30pm

Whitby Pavilion

Dir. David Keating Ireland/GB

Starring Aidan Gillen, Eva Birthistle, Timothy Spall, Ruth McCabe, Ella Connolly, Brian Gleeson, Amelia Crowley

Hammer’s resurrection continues with this dark tale of paganism in rural Ireland in which a grieving couple find they can bring their dead daughter back to life via an ancient, blood-soaked ritual.

Aficionados of the gory, glory days of the old Hammer will recognise some trademarks: strangers in a strange land, dread secrets, black magic and a magnificent sense of appeasing the old gods.

Gillen and Birthistle are the parents desperate for more stolen time with their child; Spall and McCabe the locals with power over life and death.

Set in a suitably gothic landscape of skeletal trees, moist earth and muttering neighbours, Wake Wood hints at what may yet go on in isolated communities where history and tradition have morphed into an accepted way of life (and death).

Fully embracing Hammer’s past reputation, this unusual, atmospheric chiller considers the nature of evil and how innocence can become corrupted when blinkered loved ones break the rules.