Below are our personal highlights of the 2019 festival. The full programme with dates and prices is here, with tickets available online and in person from the beginning of September.
Mozart in Turkey
Mozart in Turkey is a film of and about Mozart’s opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio. One third documentary and two thirds filmed theatre, this fascinating experiment by filmmaker Mick Csaky and opera director Elijah Moshinsky revolves around a staging of Mozart’s first popular success. Director Mick Csaky will introduce the film and host a Q&A afterwards
Shot in 1972 over a 48 hour period in Watts’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, this stirring documentary captures the live recording of the most successful gospel album in history, Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace.
Rose-Lynn Harlan is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of prison and reunited with her son and daughter, all she wants is to get out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer in Nashville.
Emily Fussell gives an introduction to the fascinating world of Anime films, focusing on the weird and wonderful elements that make anime so unlike anything else. The best anime cartoons have intellectual depth and a deep meaning, and in the world of anime nothing is impossible! Philosophical messages are sandwiched between epic journeys and stunning imaginary. Followed by the screening of a classic Anime film.
A Day of Spanish Language Films
In collaboration with Exeter University Departments of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies, a day of South American films, discussions and Q&A sessions. Films will include Summer 1993 and Almodovar’s Bad Education.
T’Challa is put to the test as both king of his country and Black Panther when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the world at risk…
The extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer Alexander McQueen. This documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen’s own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.
From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.
Childrens Matinee – The Kid Who Would be King
Alex thinks he’s just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical Sword in the Stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be…
Festival Finale – Rocketman
The Fantastic Film Festival street event will include Flaming Feathers showgirls plus an Elton John tribute performing in the square before a talk from Oscar-winning film editor Chris Dickens about his latest film, Rocketman.
The fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. This inspirational story — set to Elton John’s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton — tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture.