Festival aims to put Bedford on the map for film-lovers

An image from Behind the Mask, a photographic celebration of the BAFTAs

An image from Behind the Mask, a photographic celebration of the BAFTAs

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A month of thought-provoking and life-affirming cinema begins next week with the start of Bedford Film Festival.

The event aims to screen films not available in other local public venues, inspire local film makers with access to leading industry experts and promote Bedford as a destination for makers and lovers of film everywhere.

It opens at the Quarry Theatre on Friday, September 11, with Behind The Mask, a photographic tribute to the
BAFTAs, with photos on display in the theatre throughout the festival.

The first film starts at 6.30pm that day. A Walk in the Woods is based on Bill Bryson’s book about the writer’s return to the USA, and stars Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

There follow weeks of showings of carefully chosen films, including documentaries, animations and works for children, plus workshops and question-and-answer sessions.

And it’s not all outside the mainstream. The programme includes big-screen hits Alien, The Naked Gun, The Big Lebowski and Cocktail, while October 21 is Back To The Future Day – marking the day that Marty McFly travelled to this year in the second instalment of the series – and will feature a special showing of the original, with various surprises promised.

Visit bedfordfilmfestival.org for more information about screenings and venues.