Big Picture Festival is a new film festival taking place at the Bridge House Theatre, Warwick on 23rd and 24th November 2019. It is the first event of its kind and scale to take place in the town and aims to offer a new cultural experience in the heart of Warwickshire.
The packed festival programme has now been revealed and highlights include a discussion with director Marc Zammit about his new film Homeless Ashes, a preview screening of documentary The Biggest Little Farm and a special event centred around cult 80s classic Back to the Future, alongside many other fantastic screenings and activities taking place over the weekend.
We open the festival with The Wizard of Oz to celebrate both the 80th Anniversary of the release of this timeless classic, as well as the British Film Institute’s ‘Musicals!’ season which sees many of the greatest song and dance stars brought back to the big screen. From one classic to another, Saturday evening celebrates one of cinema’s ultimate cult favourites: Back to the Future. This is a rare chance to see the film on the big screen and audiences are encouraged to attend in their finest 80s gear. Introducing the film is Barrie Wills (the author of John Z, the DeLorean & Me, and the third and final chief executive of DeLorean Motor Cars Limited) who is giving a pre-screening talk about the iconic DeLorean car and its place in pop culture, whilst also exploring the real-life drama that took place behind the scenes.
On Sunday we are screening a preview of The Biggest Little Farm. It follows Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and director John Chester and his wife Molly as they develop a sustainable farm just outside Los Angeles. This is a wonderful opportunity for Big Picture Festival to bring a brand-new film which hasn’t yet been released in the UK to the local community, especially one that speaks to the agricultural heritage of Warwickshire. This film’s outstanding cinematography captures a ‘lush tour of transformed land and photogenic fauna’ (The Los Angeles Times) which needs to be seen on the big screen.
Emerging UK director Marc Zammit is also joining us on Sunday evening for a special screening of his new film Homeless Ashes which had its UK premiere at Raindance Film Festival 2019.The film shines a light on homelessness, and Zammit has said, ‘I am so proud of all the cast, crew and all our supporters who did such epic work for this film by going above and beyond – they believed in my film and trusted in me, and joined me on my journey to make this story of one homeless boy. Each person living homeless has a story and deserves to be heard – It is dedicated to them.’ Following the screening we are hosting a discussion with Zammit about how he took his story and vision to the big screen.
The programme features opportunities for audiences to see films they didn’t catch in cinemas on first release, such as Oscar® darling Beasts of the Southern Wild or Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Other standouts from the last year include Madeline’s Madeline and its experimental take on narrative film, alongside the timely tale of migration in A Season in France. There are modern animated classics such as My Life as a Courgette and The Breadwinner, as well as recognition of British filmmakers Richard Billingham and Francis Lee with their critically acclaimed directorial debuts: Ray & Liz and God’s Own Country. In recognition of our host venue Warwick School we are screening adaptions of two coming-of-age novels, Wonder and Love, Simon.
The core themes of family and discovery run throughout the whole programme, which is also true of specially curated packages of short films which are featured over the weekend. The festival screenings are taking place across two spaces at Warwick School; Screen 1 in the Bridge House Theatre and Screen 2 in the Pyne Room.
Live & Local is very grateful to its funders and sponsors who have made Big Picture Festival possible, and for their recognition of Warwick as a cultural hub in the Midlands. We have been granted funding for the festival from the British Film Institute (BFI) through Film Hub Midlands and The Henry VIII Endowed Trust. The festival is generously sponsored by several local businesses including Dough & Brew, Inspired Villages Austin Heath, Moore & Tibbits Solicitors, Russell Lane and Happy Puccia.