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by Carol Godsmark - Festival PR, Marketing & Hospitality
carol@carolgodsmark. co.uk



Media Release - 15 August, 2019

Monday, 19 August, 19.30. Tickets £17.50.

Annie Ross and Vimala Rowe and her all-star quartet.

In a special evening celebrating the musical life of Scottish legendary jazz singer Annie Ross, we present in the first half a rare screening of the wonderful documentary ‘No One But Me’ and after the screening a live set will feature the new vocal star on the jazz scene, Vimala Rowe with an all-star quartet.

NO ONE BUT ME

Annie Ross is a jazz legend. Raised in Glasgow, her seven-decade career runs the gamut from precocious child star – ‘the Scottish Shirley Temple’ – to indefatigable living legend. In this intimate, revealing profile, she discusses her many lives from Paris singer in the 1940s to incomparable vocal gymnast and lyricist in the 1950s and Covent Garden impresario in the 1960s. Along the way there are tales of Billie Holiday, her lover Lenny Bruce, triumph and tragedy, drug addiction and her deep, abiding affection for beloved brother Jimmy Logan. Throughout it all there is the beautiful, beguiling music often with her own lyrics and always performed in her inimitable style.

Vimala Rowe has already made a huge impression with an abundance of musical projects such as a highly successful duo with guitar legend John Etheridge, a show as Billie Holiday with Café Society performing at the Theatre Royal, a project with Juliet Roberts, writing songs with flamenco legend Paco Pena, and gigs with the late Bobby Wellins.




Media Release - 17-25 August, 2019

The 28th Chichester International Film Festival boasts no less than 130 films from 34 countries including Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, India, Israel, Iran, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, USA and the UK with many guest talent visitors including Phil Grabsky who will introduce the World Premiere of his latest film, Leonardo: The Works, on Leonardo da Vinci, acclaimed as the world’s favourite artist. Director Mark Banks and lead actor Daniel Lane will attend the screening of Pictures of Lily, set in Brighton following a jaded businessman and free-spirited woman who meet by chance.

Previews include the eagerly awaited Pedro Almovȯdar’s Pain and Glory, France’s hilarious The Shiny Shrimps and Bloody Milk, the poignant story of a farmer who will stop at nothing to save his sick herd. The Red Collar follows a French war hero held in a deserted barracks in the heat of summer, 1919. India’s Hotel Mumbai, also a Preview, tells the gripping true story of humanity and heroism of the 2008 siege of the famed Taj Hotel.

The UK Premiere of Walking with Elephants is unmissable as is USA’s The Biggest Little Farm, an inspirational documentary on how an urban family turned a barren orchard into a thriving landscape. Don’t miss either The Surprise Film on 22 August nor The Cat and the Canary, a silent film with live musical accompaniment, on Friday 23 August at St. John’s Chapel, Chichester.

International Women Directors continue with Varda by Agnès, Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, Turkey’s director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s fabulous Mustang, Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf’s beautiful The Apple and Jane Campion’s Portrait of a Lady with Nicole Kidman and Richard E. Grant. One Film Tributes include Stanley Donen’s Two For The Road starring the irrepressible duo, Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney and Michel Legrand’s glorious The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.

Book too for Live Jazz and Film Evenings including two Previews, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things and Blue Note Records. Treasures of the Archives includes Woodstock, the film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the music festival, a milestone in Rock ‘n Roll history (17 Aug). Check the website for new additions including The Lady in the Portrait and The Music of Silence. The Closing Gala film on 25 August is the Preview of Mrs. Lowry & Son, a beautiful, delicate, intimate and amusing story of LS Lowry, artist, and his unhappy mother. Starring Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave.

The 21-day film festival runs from 8 to 25 August at six venues in and around Chichester, West Sussex. For all details visit www.chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk. The golden age of the Documentary continues with over 20 new films, Steve Bannon under the spotlight for ‘The Brink’. Re-Discovering Women Directors’ series; That Special Relationship: UK & US Cinema; East & West: European Cinema, Canada Now: New Canadian Cinema; Domestic Portraits: The films of Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters and many other films); Nicholas Roeg: Obsession & Desire and Bernardo Bertolucci: Non-Conformist. Many other events include further visiting talent Q&A events. www.chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk for details.




Media Release - 12-16 August, 2019

The 28th Chichester International Film Festival boasts no less than 130 films from 34 countries including Argentina, Australia, China, Denmark, India, Israel, Iran, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, USA and the UK with many guest talent visitors including director Robert Mullan and actors with intro and Q&A of This Weekend Will Change Your Life (12 Aug), a therapeutic weekend in the Cotswolds for complete strangers turning into quite the opposite. Director Paul Anton Smith will be in attendance for his film, Have You Seen My Movie? (13 Aug). Clips from 100+ films are cut together for an extraordinary viewing. Unmissable, as is the much- loved major hit film, Il Postino, director Michael Radford travelling to the festival on Friday, 16 August with an intro and Q&A after the screening.

A Retrospective of Radford’s films include his adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 with John Hurt. New to the festival this year are two screenings at Slindon Cinema, a rare 35mm print of Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson, (13 Aug) and Nicolas Roeg’s modern movie legend, Performance with Mick Jagger and James Fox (14 Aug). Previews, new releases, premieres this week include UK Indies include Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours, a police drama (13 Aug), and Under The Knife, a controversial documentary about the covert dismantling of the NHS, director Susan Steinberg in a Q&A session after the screening, Missing Note, a short film on dementia also included (15 Aug). American Mirror, an Oscar-nominated film on how we perceive ourselves in a world dominated by social media, is a must-see (18 Aug).

Three French Previews, Bloody Milk, the poignant story of a farmer who will stop at nothing to save his sick herd (15, 18 Aug), and The Red Collar (19, 20 Aug) which follows a war hero held in a deserted barracks in the heat of summer, 1919, are joined by the exceptional Non-Fiction, Juliette Binoche and Guillaume Canet arguing over publishing’s digital takeover in a typically French series of enjoyable conversations, not on general release until mid-October, a coup for the festival (13,14 Aug).

Our Time, a masterpiece from Mexico, has hard questions about love and marriage (14 Aug), Iran’s Preview, Permission, focusing on a female soccer player who is stranded at home while her team travel to the Asia Cup finals. No husband permission, no travel (16, 20 Aug). Canada Now features the finest fiction and documentary films including Clara, a collaborator with an astronomy professor consumed by the search for life beyond Earth(12 Aug). Treasures of the Archives includes Woodstock, the film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the music festival, a milestone in Rock ‘n Roll history (17 Aug).

The 21-day film festival runs from 8 to 25 August at six venues in and around Chichester, West Sussex. For all details visit www.chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk. The golden age of the Documentary continues with over 20 new films including a strong political focus with Werner Herzog’s engrossing ‘Meeting Gorbachev’; the whistle-blower in ‘XL Chelsea’; capitalism scrutinised in ‘Capital in the 20th Century’, and Steve Bannon under the spotlight for ‘The Brink’.

Re-Discovering Women Directors’ series; That Special Relationship: UK & US Cinema; East & West: European Cinema, Canada Now: New Canadian Cinema; Domestic Portraits: The films of Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters and many other films); From Graphic Novel to Film. Retrospectives include Albert Finney: Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down, a tribute to the loved actor; Nicholas Roeg: Obsession & Desire and Bernardo Bertolucci: Non-Conformist. Many other films include Premieres, Previews, New Releases, Documentaries, Jazz events, Treasures from the Archives plus further visiting talent Q&A events. The Closing Gala, a Preview, is Mrs. Lowry & Son with Timothy Spall and Vanessa Redgrave (25 Aug).




Media Release - 8-13 August, 2019

The 28th Chichester International Film Festival, the largest on the South Coast, opens its wide doors at Chichester Cinema at New Park on August 8 with the UK Premiere of The Conductor, a magnificent and epic new Dutch film in the presence of the director, actor and producer. The film is based on the 1920’s true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico, the world’s first woman who successfully conducted a large symphony orchestra.

Programming features 130 films and events from 8 – 25 August with Premieres, Previews, New Releases, Documentaries, Retrospectives, Treasures from the Archives, Jazz Events and visiting Guest Talent Q&As; at six venues in and around Chichester. This week’s films include Leto a preview, which tells the story of a rock legend, his protegé and his wife in Soviet Russia while The Grand Ballet Hotel is a very delightful, original film set in a French Alps training hotel for chefs and other staff. Happy Ending, a UK Premiere from Denmark, centres on Helle who looks forward to retirement with her husband but he has other plans. Germany’s Transit, follows a man attempting to escape German-occupied France and who falls in love with the wife of a dead author whose identity he has assumed.

Israel’s Working Woman, is a UK Premiere must-see for its #MeToo theme which follows Orna returning to work, a harassment predicament the outcome. The UK Premiere of King Petar The First, tells the story of the would-be Serbian king who returns to his country to liberate his people. Rediscovering women directors include Lynne Ramsay’s Morvern Callar, Elaine May’s brilliantly comic A New Leaf, Outrage by Ida Lupino, a famed 1950’s actor turned director, and Sally Potter’s glorious The Tango Lesson, a docudrama in which she recounts the time she was an avid tango dancer, leading her to visit Argentina and the U.S.

The festival celebrates the non-conformist director Bernardo Bertolucci with his epic 1900 masterpiece of friendship and betrayal with Robert de Niro. Canada Now showcases no less than six new films, Mouthpiece focusing on Cassandra, a fiercely independent millennial woman who finds it tough to live by her own rules. Retrospectives include Albert Finney, Don’t Let the Bastards Grind you Down. The late, great actor gave us wonderful performances, the festival featuring eight of his films including Erin Brockovich, Charlie Bubbles, The Dresser and Gumshoe.

Treasures from the Archives include Heat and Dust, a Merchant-Ivory film and Stanley Kubrick’s chilling A Clockwork Orange this week. Don’t miss either the World Premiere of The Man Who Got Carter, a documentary by Tony Klinger on his father, the legendary British film producer Michael Klinger, a trailblazer resulting in Get Carter with Michael Caine; Repulsion, directed by Roman Polanski, Klinger working with the likes of Roger Moore, Oliver Read and others. For full details get the programme at the cinema or elsewhere or online at www.chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk For images please contact Carol Godsmark carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk




Media Release 26 July - 1 August, 2019

The 28th Chichester International Film Festival, the largest on the South Coast, will open its wide doors at Chichester Cinema at New Park on August 8 with the UK Premiere of The Conductor, a magnificent and epic new Dutch film in the presence of the director, actor and producer. The film is based on the 1920’s true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico, the world’s first woman who successfully conducted a large symphony orchestra.

The Closing Gala film, a Preview, on Sunday 25 August, is Mrs Lowry & Son, a beautiful, delicate, intimate and amusing story of the brittle but vital relationship between L. S. Lowry (Timothy Spall), and his bedridden, unhappy and controlling mother (Vanessa Redgrave). There are three open air screenings from 2 August at the historic Priory Park. See open air films and all festival films at www.chichesterfilmfestival.co.uk. Book your (free) seats for the Media and Audience Event on 30 July at 11.30 – 12.30, artistic director Roger Gibson giving a preview with clips.





General Information
Chichester Cinema is an independent cinema that shows over 300 films at 1500 screenings at its home in New Park.
- The cinema seats 120 in the main auditorium, 40 in the Studio, it has a bar and a car park. - Programming includes the best of contemporary and classic cinema from Britain, Europe and America, as well as award-winning international films, retrospectives, education events and film seasons.
- Chichester Cinema is home to the 21-day Chichester Film Festival, now in its 28th year and the largest on the South Coast, showcases previews and premieres, with over 150 feature films, Q&As; with visiting directors and talks supporting the programming.
- The Cinema’s equipment includes modern digital (DCP), 35mm projector, DTS, Dolby® Digital, plus the facilities to screen outside events plus a number of other formats including VHS, S-VHS, Digi-Beta, Blu-Ray and DVD.
- Contact Carol Godsmark – Press and Marketing – for interviews with award-winning artistic director Roger Gibson, pictures and information. 01243 538810 carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk – all seats reservable. Bar, parking.
Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY Box Office Tel: 01243 786650

Carol Godsmark, Press & Marketing
carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk
www.chichestercinema.org
01243 538810 / 0771 7777 478