Buxton Film Festival 12 to 17 April 2017
The fifth Buxton Film Festival takes place this coming Easter (April 12-17). The Festival is now a firm part of the Buxton calendar and is presented jointly by Buxton Film and Buxton Opera House.
Apart from showing some of the best films released around the globe over the last 12 months this year’s Festival will focus especially on the work and career of film and TV director Robert Stevenson (1905-1981) who was born in Buxton. Stevenson is best remembered for his work with Walt Disney over a period of 20 years starting in the mid-1950s.
His career in film began in the 1930s when he made a string of films working with film legends such as Boris Karloff, Margaret Lockwood, Paul Robeson and Orson Welles. The Festival will include screenings of King Solomon’s Mines (with Robeson) and Jane Eyre (with Welles and Joan Fontaine). Stevenson will forever be associated with Mary Poppins and the Festival will include a special sing-a-long performance of the film.
There will be an exhibition about Stevenson’s life and career running throughout the Festival and it is hoped that a plaque will be put up in the Pavilion Gardens to commemorate his association with the town.
All screenings will take place in the 90-seat Pavilion Arts Centre Studio which has been recently upgraded to improve the sound and picture quality. Tickets will be on sale from the Opera House in late February.
The Festival is supported financially by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network.
More information on screenings to follow soon….