Friday 24 September 2010

Honey flows, blood drips at 2nd Festival of British Cinema at Hay tonight

Our partner, The Screen at Hay, stages its second Festival of British Cinema at three venues through the town this weekend.

British cinema with a Welsh slant (as you might expect) it may be but the spectrum is anything but narrow.  It's wide-eyed with two '60s film A Taste of Honey and The Knack, featuring the distinctive Rita Tushingham) gory (a smattering of Hammer horror with Dracula, Prince of Darkness) sinister (ghost story, The Innocents, and Kevin Brownlow's evocation of what Britain would have been like under Nazi occupation, It Happened Here), musically attuned (Super Furry Animals, Joe Strummer, The Beatles and silent film accompanist, Neil Brand) and fun (Wallace and Grommit, Four Lions and Tamara Drewe).

And that's just the froth on top. Speakers (Matthew Sweet, Francine Stock, Kevin Brownlow, local author, Owen Sheers) shorts, documentaries, workshops too.