All the King's Men
Runtime: 110mins   Rating:
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist..read more
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.
Bad Times At The El Royale
Rating: 16
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot..read more
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
Crazy Rich Asians
Runtime: 121mins   Rating: 12A
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and..read more
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Runtime: 134mins   Rating: 12A
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the..read more
Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second of five all new adventures in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World™. At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Juliet, Naked
Runtime: 105mins   Rating: 15
Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of..read more
Annie (Rose Byrne) is stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (Chris O'Dowd) an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Ethan Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker's hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself. Based on the novel by Nick Hornby, the author of About A Boy, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life's second chances.
Mary Poppins Returns
Rating: TBC
When personal tragedy strikes the now grown up Michael and Jane Banks, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the Banks family's lives and uses her unique magical skills to..read more
When personal tragedy strikes the now grown up Michael and Jane Banks, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins re-enters the Banks family's lives and uses her unique magical skills to help them rediscover joy and wonder. With optimistic street lamplighter Jack by her side, she introduces the family to a new assortment of colourful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin Topsy.
Peterloo
Runtime: 154mins   Rating: 12A
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in..read more
The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
Puzzle
Runtime: 103mins   Rating: 15
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to..read more
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognises her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament.
The King And I: From The London Palladium
Runtime: 180mins   Rating: 12A
The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event..read more
The multi-award winning and critically acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King And I comes to cinemas in this unmissable event presented from London’s iconic Palladium. Reprising her Tony Award-winning role, ‘Broadway musical’s undisputed Queen’ (The Sunday Times) Kelli O’Hara (Anna) takes to the stage alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (The King) in a "powerhouse" (The Times) performance. Also returning to her Tony Award winning role as Lady Thiang is Ruthie Ann Miles. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. With one of the finest scores ever written including; Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting to Know You, and Shall We Dance, and featuring a company of over 50 world-class performers, The King and I is a testament to the lavish heritage of gloriously romantic musical theatre – it is the greatest musical from the golden age of musicals. A once in a lifetime opportunity – book now at your local cinema. “Five stars for a sumptuous King and I. Book Now. It’s a hit” - The Times “We left the London Palladium on a bright cloud of music - joyous!” - Daily Mail “Looks and sounds ravishing. Complete rapture” - The Telegraph
The Little Stranger
Runtime: 111mins   Rating: 12A
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he..read more
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
The Nutcracker (Royal Ballet Encore)
Runtime: 150mins   Rating: LIVE
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s..read more
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.
Tigers
Runtime: 90mins   Rating: TBC
SPECIAL Q&A EVENT WITH ANDY PATERSON, WRITER/PRODUCER

Ayan (Emraan Hashmi) is a young, recently married salesman who gets a job peddling locally made drugs to pharmacies..read more
SPECIAL Q&A EVENT WITH ANDY PATERSON, WRITER/PRODUCER

Ayan (Emraan Hashmi) is a young, recently married salesman who gets a job peddling locally made drugs to pharmacies and doctors. Despite the fact that the Pakistani-manufactured pharmaceuticals he sells are much cheaper than those sold by Western competitors, no one will trust or buy products that lack major brand names. His wife encourages him to apply for a job with Lasta, a large multinational, and Ayan is hired on a trial basis. It's not long before his natural charm and knack for glad-handing make him into a minor star, and Lasta expands his responsibilities. However, one day he is devastated to see first-hand what the selling of baby formula really means in certain cases. Shocked, Ayan sets out to challenge the system and the powers that be.

Andy Paterson’s productions include The Railway Man, Girl With A Pearl Earring and Hilary and Jackie.

The Railway Man, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, was adapted by Frank Cottrell Boyce and Paterson from Eric Lomax’s account of his experiences on the notorious Thai/Burma Death Railway in WW2. It was released by Lionsgate in the UK and The Weinstein Company in the US. It won the 2014 SPA Award for Best Feature and the AACTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Girl With A Pearl Earring, with Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth, was written by his wife and business partner, Olivia Hetreed. The film was nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, 3 Oscars, 2 Golden Globes, 3 EFAs and 3 BIFAs and was a box office hit all over the world.

Other films include Tigers, the true story of a young Pakistani whistleblower who took on a major corporation which is set for release in India in 2018 after premiering at Toronto and San Sebastian. Co-written with its Oscar-winning director, Danis Tanovic, the film stars Emraan Hashmi, Danny Huston and Khalid Abdalla.

Previous productions include the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated Hilary and Jackie, starring Emily Watson and Rachel Griffiths, and the Oscar-winning Restoration, starring Robert Downey Jr, Hugh Grant and Meg Ryan.

Forthcoming productions include The Plutonium Club, a Cold War thriller set against the development of the British atomic bomb from a screenplay by Paterson and Hetreed, The Astronomer and the Witch, directed by Michael Hoffman, and Margot and Rudi.
Widows
Runtime: 130mins   Rating: 15
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into..read more
Set in contemporary Chicago, amidst a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common accept a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Wildlife
Runtime: 104mins   Rating: 12A
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the..read more
14-year-old Joe is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry — a housewife and a golf pro — in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job — and his sense of purpose — he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves. Suddenly forced into the role of an adult, Joe witnesses his mother’s struggle as she tries to keep her head above water.


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PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL 2018 CLOSES

THE 22ND PURBECK FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH OLIVIA HETREED & ANDY PATERSON Q&A EVENT


On Saturday, 27th October the Purbeck Film Festival screened two films to close this year’s event, with an early showing of the compelling 2017 Chilean film 'A Fantastic Woman' (Una Mujer Fantastica – 2017), selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and winner of the Best Foreign Language film in the 90th Academy Awards.


Olivia Hetreed, British Screenwriter, whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar Nominated ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’  (2003) starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, and the award winning, critically-acclaimed radical adaptation of ‘Wuthering Heights’ (directed by Andrea Arnold), introduced the final screening of the 2018 Festival, ‘In Between’, and was joined by Andy Paterson, after the screening for an on-stage Q&A event.


Andy Paterson is a British Film Producer and Assistant Director, known for ‘The Railway Man’ (2013), ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ and ‘Burning Man’ and is married to Olivia Hetreed.


‘In Between’, a bittersweet, socio-political debut feature from Maysaloun Hamoud, is an empowering tale of three Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv, each fighting their own battles for independence and fulfilment.


With a fantastic discussion surrounding the film and related issues, and fascinating insight into the world of film writing, production and distribution of independent film in the UK and abroad from Olivia and Andy, the festival drew-to-a-close with huge applause from a full-house.


The Purbeck Film Festival would like to thank everyone for supporting this year’s fantastic event over the past weeks and we hope you will join us again next year. We are grateful to our all our sponsors, advertisers, audiences, patrons, friends and volunteers, without whom we could not do what we do. Look out for festival in-year events on our website at www.purbeckfilm.com.