Ilkley Film Festival 2016 announces highlights as tickets go on sale
With 40 screenings across seven genres the third Ilkley Film Festival programme offers more previews, more local talent and more variety than ever before. From horror and thriller, comedy and romance, to hard-hitting documentaries and live musical screenings, the festival will bring a myriad of firsts to the Victorian spa town, including screenings at the new Ilkley Cinema. Tickets for the event which runs from 17 to 21 February go on sale on 14th December.
Opening with the award-winning feature film Suffragette and closing with cult classic Run Lola Run accompanied live by jazz band The Bays, performing live for the first time in over 5 years and headed by Andy Gangadeen, the drummer for Chase ’N’ Status. The score which will be 100% improvised making this event an exclusive one off experience for the Festival.
Feature films include the highly anticipated adaption of Dad’s Army, shot on location across Yorkshire; The Danish Girl starring SAG nominated Eddie Redmayne for his moving portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery and Carol, starring the sublime Cate Blanchett tipped for Oscar glory. Also showing is In the Heart of the Sea, the re-telling of Moby Dick, one of the most famous stories ever written starring Hollywood heart-throb Chris Hemsworth and critically acclaimed Cillian Murphy.
Bringing internationally recognised films to Ilkley the Festival presents a plethora of preview screenings including Sundance favourite The Witch starring Kate Dickie, known for her controversial performance in Game of Thrones as Lysa Arryn, who also stars in Couple in a Whole which will preview in Ilkley months ahead of its national release in April. Having closed Cannes Film Festival to a standing ovation Ice and the Sky will preview at Ilkley Film Festival, directed by Luc Jacquet, the mastermind behind March with the Penguins, following glaciologist Claude Lorius as he returns to the Antarctic 82 years after making a groundbreaking discovery about global warming. Audience Award winner at the Tribeca Film Festival King Jack also previews as it charts a teenagers summer break from the perspective of a bullied boy. Also receiving a preview is British film Black Mountain Poets written and directed by Jamie Adam. The film marks the culmination of his ‘Modern Romance Trilogy’ starring Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells as a pair of on-the-run sisters who assume the identity of poets and find refuge at a poetry camping weekend.
Yorkshire films and makers have a prominent representation in the programme with half a dozen screenings. Miss you Already, filmed on Ilkley Moor and starring Hollywood big-hitters Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, follows the story of two life-long friends and the struggles they face when one starts a family whilst the other falls terminally ill. Championing Yorkshire film the programme also includes screenings of El Ingles, a documentary film by Bradford-born director James Slater about his father, while Leeds-born director David Nicholas Wilkinson’s The First Film follows his 33 year quest to prove that the film industry began in his home city of Leeds. Representing feature films is 45 Years as Yorkshire-born Tom Courtenay gives a shining performance alongside Charlotte Rampling as a couple celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary on the back of some life changing news.
Documentaries range from guaranteed to shock Brand: A Second Coming, a closely filmed piece about Russell Brand’s career from a precautious child to his step into politics, to Davis Guggenheim’s Soft-focus documentary He Named Me Malala and lauded documentary Amy from Senna director Asif Kapadia featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks by the late Amy Winehouse. Critically acclaimed Star Men following four retired English astronomers on their road-trip reunion in south-west America will be screened in the Ilkley Cinema, offering the audience a chance to explore the galaxy from the smallest single screen independent cinema in Europe.
Elsewhere, a focus on family films delivers screenings of The Peanut Movie following children’s (and adults’) favourite cartoon dog Snoopy as he embarks upon his greatest mission yet and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip the third installation of the popular franchise. A rare screening of The Water Babies, a family favourite, filmed near Ilkley’s Denton Hall, which tells the story of a 12 year old boy discovering a complex underwater world ruled by sharks.
Tickets will be available, along with the full programme, from the Festival website http://www.ilkleyfilmfestival.co.uk/ Tickets are also available by phone on 01943 602319 and in person from the Ilkley Visitor Information Centre.