Film Northants 2014, Errol Flynn Filmhouse

Witchcraft, villainy and mischief feature in annual film awards

Film-makers across the county had their work celebrated at the annual Film Northants festival this week (September 1st 2014).

Across two evenings, 15 shortlisted films – all made in Northamptonshire – were screened at Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton, in front of a full house.

Awards and prizes were presented to the winners of the Under 16s and Over 16s categories which included film workshops, mentoring and funding towards future projects.

The winner of the Under 16s category was Bridgewater Primary School Film Club with their mischievous short Dimension Dilemma. Their prize included training with TV and stage actor Ian Reddington who has appeared on top shows Eastenders, Coronation Street, Doctor Who and The Bill.

Anastasia Rose, one of the pupils who made Dimension Dilemma, said: “I feel really astonished and surprised but quite sad because we are leaving school now. But I hope we’ll get together sometime and make a sequel.”

Pupil, Kiera Caskell, added: “It felt amazing when the announcement came and I’m really proud of the work we did and just very excited about the whole night.”

The Under 16s second place winner was Egyptian adventure Trapped! made by pupils at Chipping Warden Primary Academy.

The winner of the Over 16s Public Vote, was comedy short Villainy made by Chris Saunders, Chris Milner, Ryan Loebell and Ross Bayes.

Chris Saunders said: “We feel now like we want to pursue film-making as a career and this award means we can do that more easily.

“I would say to anyone who is thinking of getting into film to enter this competition but make sure you make something you believe in. It works.”

Double award winner Joe Burden, picked up the second place prize for the Public Vote as well as the coveted Judges’ Choice award for his film Beneath the Wormwood Trees.

He said: “It was terrifying to sit there having done something quite personal and wait to see whether an audience liked it. So to have both the public and judges both look at it and see something they liked was really amazing.

“Seeing the other films that entered, there was some pretty astonishing stuff there, and some of that didn’t even make it to the finals. That shows you the standard Film Northants generates now.”

It was the first time the event – which has been running for seven years – had been held at the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. The two awards nights included a Q&A with film-makers, a talk by veteran producer/director Tony Klinger and the screening of out-of-competition films.

Tony Klinger said: “When film-makers start out they are normally thinking TV, which is no good. These guys are already thinking of big concepts to fill a cinema screen and that is wonderful. I can see there’s burgeoning film talent in Northamptonshire and it’s something I wouldn’t associate myself with otherwise.”

Jan Willis, Finance Director of Royal & Derngate, said Errol Flynn Filmhouse were delighted to host the awards, and added: “Film Northants is a path for local filmmakers to come together and showcase their work and Northamptonshire. It is a hidden gem in England. It is great to have films made here that can potentially reach out over the world.”

© Film Northants



Hector and the Search – Errol Flynn Filmhouse: Fri 29 Aug – Thu 04


Director: Peter Chelsom
Cast: Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike
Hector (Pegg) is an affluent young London shrink with a spirited live-in girlfriend (Pike), and various troublesome and troubled patients who reinforce his misgivings about the existence of true, enduring happiness.

So he throws everything aside and jets off around the world in a quest to find it.
Along the way he meets a disparate group of insight-providers, including an über-rich banker (Stellan Skarsgård), a golden-hearted hooker (Ming Zhao), a Californian guru (Christopher Plummer) and the guru’s assistant (Collette) – who happens to be Hector’s ex-lover.

Together they eventually restore our hero’s faith in humanity. Writer-director Chelsom – who demonstrated his aptitude for feel-good movies with Shall We Dance and Serendipity – rolls things along with huge style and infectious energy

Copyright Royal & Derngate 2013

Errol Flynn Filmhouse: Hector and the Search


New August Season on sale

August brings the best of new releases such as Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood, and the hugely entertaining The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared. The Under The Radar strand continues to bring the cream of world cinema to the big screen in Northampton, including Cycling With Moliereand The Golden Dream, while classics include A Farewell To Arms, shown as part of a series of films marking the centenary of the First World War. For the school holidays, the cinema presents a host of great family films ranging from brand new sci-fi adventure Earth To Echo to Moomins and Midsummer Madness. This month’s documentaries all share a sporting theme, while live broadcasts includeLa Traviata from the Glyndebourne Festival.

One of the highlights of the Under The Radar selection of independent features isRichard Linklater‘s brilliant new movie Boyhood, which follows a boy’s life from the ages of six to 18, filmed periodically over 12 years, examining his relationship with his parents while growing up. There is also a chance to see the second feature in Peter Greenaway‘s Dutch Masters series, Goltzius And The Pelican Company, based on the life of a late 16th century Dutch engraver of erotic prints. The best of the recent world cinema releases includes The Golden Dream, a huge success at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, telling the moving tale of a group of Guatemalan teenagers, struggling to enter the United States illegally. Wakoldaexplores the shifting relationship between a blonde, blue-eyed Argentinian girl, Lilith, and Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor on the run for his crimes at Auschwitz. Light-hearted French comedy Cycling With Moliere centres on two actors as they attempt to put their artistic differences to one side, for the sake of their friendship and the love of theatre, while romance blossoms in the most unlikely of settings inGrand Central, set in a run-down nuclear power station. Theatre directorBenedikt Erlingsson‘s debut film Of Horses And Men depicts the struggles, romances and jealousies of members of small Icelandic hamlet, while pondering the relationship between man and horse, all set against a memorably beautiful landscape.

Among the pick of the latest releases is The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, based on the internationally best-selling Swedish novel by Jonas Jonasson, telling the unlikely story of Allan who escapes from a nursing home, embarking on a series of hugely entertaining escapades. Soul-stirring romantic comedy Begin Again stars Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo as lost souls who meet and make beautiful music together. There is more comedy in Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy as a woman who decides to go on a road-trip with her alcoholic grandmother, after losing both her job and her husband, while Mr Morgan’s Last Love features Michael Caine as widowed professor making a life-changing connection with a young Parisian woman. InGod’s PocketPhilip Seymour Hoffman can been seen in one of his last film roles playing an incomer earning his grudging acceptance in a working class neighbourhood with his corrupt dealings in the meat trade. Based on Larry Brown‘s novel, Joe stars Nicholas Cage as an ex-con providing an unlikely role model to a 15 year old boy, with a gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption. Set in pre-World War I Germany, A Promise brings romantic drama, starring Alan Rickman and Rebecca Hall, centring on a married woman who falls in love with her husband’s protégé.

August sees the beginning of a series of films being shown throughout the year in commemoration of the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, running alongside an 18-month long programme of events organised by Royal & Derngate and Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. A fitting start is provided by A Night At The Cinema In 1914, a special compilation from the BFI National Archive, recreating the glorious miscellany of comedies, dramas, travelogues and newsreels that would have constituted a typical night out, before the onset of the war. This is followed by vintage wartime romance from 1932, A Farewell To Arms, starring Gary Cooperand Helen Hayes. Other classics scheduled for August include Orson Welles‘ 1947 film noir thriller The Lady From Shanghai, starring Rita Hayworth as a dangerous femme fatale. Hitchcock‘s 1955 film To Catch A Thief brings a glorious mix of suspense and glamour, with Cary Grant as a retired cat burglar, now living on the Riviera, who discovers a new thief has adopted his old modus operandi. August’s Q-Film screening is Midnight Cowboy, the 1969 drama about a good-looking and naively charming Texan ‘cowboy’ seeking his fortune in the Big Apple as a male prostitute.

The cinema’s programme of documentaries has a sporting theme for August, starting with Road, the heartbreaking and adrenaline-fuelled tale of an Irish family obsessed with the most dangerous of all motor sports, motorcycle road-racing, narrated by Liam Neeson. The revealing and uplifting docudrama Sevetakes an intimate look at the life and career of golf superstar Seve Ballesteros, while All This Mayhem gives a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide, in an unflinching look at the dark side of professional skateboarding.

A selection of special events and live screenings includes the new Glyndebourneproduction of Verdi‘s opera La Traviata and a repeat showing of the National Theatre production of David Hare‘s Skylight, staring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, shown as part of the NT Live series. God Help The Girl is a screening of a musical feature film directed by Belle and Sebastian‘s lead singer Stuart Murdoch, about a girl in hospital who starts writing songs to deal with her emotional problems, followed by a live broadcast concert performance by Belle and Sebastian.

A clutch of the best new children’s films for the summer holidays includes the uplifting and spectacular Earth To Echo, about a group of young friends who set out on an adventure after finding a mysterious signal on their phones, from an alien needing their help. There is more action and adventure from 3D animated sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2, while Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes 3D, starring Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis carries on the story from Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes. New Disney animated adventure The Nut Job tells the tale of Surly, the arrogant Squirrel. A family classic from Studio GhibliMy Neighbor Totoro is a superbly animated tale of two girls who have adventures with wondrous forest spirits. Following on from the success of Royal & Derngate‘s recent stage production of Moominsummer Madness, the Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be screening the film version of Tove Jansson‘s novel, Moomins And The Midsummer Madness, along with a selection of shorts featuring the much-loved Moomins. For any of these family films, customers can enjoy a special Summer Holiday Ticket Offer of just £10 for one adult and one child.

In celebration of the cinema’s recent EFFIE Awards, voted for by audiences, three of the most popular films of the last year – 12 Years A Slave, Philomena and The Grand Budapest Hotel – are brought back for further screenings in August. There will also be a second chance to catch up with the recent hit Jersey BoysClint Eastwood‘s adaptation of the popular stage musical.