Purbeck Film Festival unveil programme of more than 80 screenings

FUN, drama and comedy are all set to hit the screen during the Purbeck Film Festival.

Organisers of the event have revealed a programme they promise offers something for everyone.

Now in its 28th year, the Purbeck Film Festival features films old and new, with more than 80 screenings planned at more than 30 venues from October 20 to November 4.

Venues vary from the Mowlem in Swanage to Wareham’s magnificent Rex, as well as village and church halls, Durlston Castle – and a tennis and croquet club.

There are four Q&As with directors and film industry guests, two French evenings, a Spanish and New Zealand evening, one pre-view documentary, and some nostalgic English films, including Tony Hancock’s Punch and Judy Man, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary.

The event will launch on October 20 with three films in Swanage, Bridport and Poole – French-made, One Fine Morning, Emmanuelle Nicot’s debut Love According to Dalva, and Luna: A Yak in the Classroom.

Over the following weeks, the mood swings from well known classics such as 84 Charing Cross Road, Don’t Look Now and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, to some of this year’s best films including The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, to Ken Loach’s The Old Oak.

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You can also watch How to Blow Up a Pipeline, discover Where the Crawdads Sing or reminisce about Once Upon a Time in the West.

Meanwhile, Hancock’s Punch and Judy Man, which saw him move away from his famous character of East Cheam, will be introduced at the Mowlem by Tom Dommett, of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society.

The patrons of this year’s festival are Bafta-nominated screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, producer Andy Paterson and gifted actor and playwright, Sir Mark Rylance.

“Their support gives a boost to the small group of volunteers who organise the festival,” a spokesperson said.

“But just as important will be the sight of, hopefully, packed audiences enjoying the films, with or without a Purbeck ice-cream.”

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