A Fantastic Woman
Runtime: 104mins   Rating: 15
Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. They are in love and planning for the future. After celebrating..read more
Marina is a young waitress and aspiring singer. Orlando is 20 years older than her, and owns a printing company. They are in love and planning for the future. After celebrating Marina's birthday one evening, Orlando falls seriously ill. Marina rushes him to the emergency room, but he passes away just after arriving at the hospital. Instead of being able to mourn her lover, suddenly Marina is treated with suspicion. The doctors and Orlando's family don't trust her. A woman detective investigates Marina to see if she was involved in his death. Orlando's ex-wife forbids her from attending the funeral. And to make matters worse, Orlando's son threatens to throw Marina out of the flat she shared with Orlando. Marina is a trans woman and for most of Orlando's family, her sexual identity is an aberration, a perversion. So Marina struggles for the right to be herself. She battles the very same forces that she has spent a lifetime fighting just to become the woman she is now – a complex, strong, forthright and fantastic woman.

Spanish with English subtitles
A Star Is Born
Runtime: 135mins   Rating: 15
A movie star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward..read more
A movie star helps a young singer and actress find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral.
All the King's Men
Runtime: 110mins   Rating:
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist..read more
The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal.
All the President's Men
Runtime: 133mins   Rating: 15
Sponsored by Love Cake who will provide delicious cake for this film.

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert..read more
Sponsored by Love Cake who will provide delicious cake for this film.

Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.
AlphaGo
Runtime: 90mins   Rating: TBC
SCREENING BY KIND COURTESY OF PRODUCER, SUBMARINE PRODUCTIONS

On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea...read more
SCREENING BY KIND COURTESY OF PRODUCER, SUBMARINE PRODUCTIONS

On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea. The best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match, pitted a legendary Go master against an AI program that was still learning to play the world’s most complex board game. AlphaGo chronicles a journey from the backstreets of Bordeaux, past the coding terminals of Google DeepMind in London, and, ultimately, to the seven-day tournament in Seoul. As the drama unfolds before an audience of over 280 million viewers worldwide, more questions emerge: What can artificial intelligence reveal about a 3000-year-old game? What will it teach us about humanity?
Directed by Greg Kohs with an original score by Academy Award nominee, Hauschka.
Anything for Her (Pour Elle)
Runtime: 96mins   Rating: 15
Patrons' Choice: Sue and Dave Powell

With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from..read more
Patrons' Choice: Sue and Dave Powell

With no legal means left to him, a high school teacher devises a daring plan to rescue his wrongfully imprisoned wife from jail.
Bad Times At The El Royale
Rating: 16
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot..read more
Seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption... before everything goes to hell. Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE.
Bohemian Rhapsody
Runtime: 134mins   Rating: 12A
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to..read more
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. Facing a life-threatening illness, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute)
Runtime: 143mins   Rating: 15
Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early..read more
Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.
Chimes at Midnight (Campanadas a medianoche)
Runtime: 113mins   Rating: U
Patron's Choice: Sarah Crofts

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa..read more
Patron's Choice: Sarah Crofts

The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.
Cold War (Zimna wojna)
Runtime: 88mins   Rating: 15
Patron's Choice: Karen Wright

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the..read more
Patron's Choice: Karen Wright

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched, set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris.
Crazy Rich Asians
Runtime: 121mins   Rating: 12A
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and..read more
Rachel Chu is happy to accompany her longtime boyfriend, Nick, to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. She's also surprised to learn that Nick's family is extremely wealthy and he's considered one of the country's most eligible bachelors. Thrust into the spotlight, Rachel must now contend with jealous socialites, quirky relatives and something far, far worse -- Nick's disapproving mother.
Disney's Christopher Robin
Runtime: 104mins   Rating: PG
Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of..read more
Working-class family man Christopher Robin encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.
First Man
Runtime: 138mins   Rating: 12A
On the heels their multi-Oscar-winning smash La La Land, Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling reteam to tell the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon. Focusing..read more
On the heels their multi-Oscar-winning smash La La Land, Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling reteam to tell the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon. Focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961 to 1969, this visceral, first-person account explores the sacrifices and the cost of one of the most dangerous missions in history.
Hands Over the City (Le mani sulla cittŕ)
Runtime: 101mins   Rating: PG
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a..read more
Prior to a city council election, the collapse of a building leaves a land developer and his political backers defending themselves against a scandal.
I as in Icarus (I... comme Icare)
Runtime: 120mins   Rating: 12
Sponsored by Humphries Kirk Solicitors and Arbitrators

Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a..read more
Sponsored by Humphries Kirk Solicitors and Arbitrators

Conspiracy thriller inspired by the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination of JFK. After a fictional president is assassinated, a determined, tough prosecutor investigates the emerging conspiracy behind it. With subitltes.
In Between (Bar Bahar)
Runtime: 103mins   Rating: 15
Patrons' Choice: Steve and Gabrielle Peskin

Purbeck Film Festival Closing Gala event with Special Guests Olivia Hetreed (Girl With A Pearl Earring) and Andy..read more
Patrons' Choice: Steve and Gabrielle Peskin

Purbeck Film Festival Closing Gala event with Special Guests Olivia Hetreed (Girl With A Pearl Earring) and Andy Paterson (The Railway Man). Introduction and Q&A after the film screening.

Andy Paterson was born in 1960 in the UK. He is a British Film Producer and Assistant Director, known for the Railway Man (2013), Girl With A Pearl Earring (2003) and Burning Man (2011). He is married to Olivia Hetreed.

Olivia Hetreed is a British Screenwriter whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar nominated Girl With A Pearl Earring starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson, and the award-winning, critically acclaimed radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold. She has worked extensively in TV drama (including The Canterbury Tales, The Treasure Seekers, Roman Mysteries). Sympathetic Ink, her company with producer Andy Paterson, is prepping her next feature, The Grand Sophy, with BBC Films. Olivia is President of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, which represents over 2000 professional fiction writers. She is an experienced mentor of new writing talent, working with Arvon Foundation, the London Screenwriting Festival and several film schools.

The film: This Israeli production about Palestinian roommates in Tel Aviv presents a rich and moving array of the quandaries faced by three young women on the uneven ground between traditional values and selfdetermination in a modern, urban landscape. Creating a beautifully atmospheric, and at times, dazzling world the fi lm does a wonderful job in allowing the young women to own their lives and be proud of who they are despite the daily setbacks.
(Dir. Maysaloun Hamoud, Israel, 2017, Subtitles, 1 hr 43 mins).
In The Fade
Runtime: 106mins   Rating: 18
Patrons' Choice: Sarah & John Wootton

After the death of her family in a terrorist attack, Katja’s life falls apart. Her friends and extended family try to give..read more
Patrons' Choice: Sarah & John Wootton

After the death of her family in a terrorist attack, Katja’s life falls apart. Her friends and extended family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Katja struggles as she endures the trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge and there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.
Le Trou (The Hole)
Runtime: 131mins   Rating: 12
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and..read more
In prison four long-sentence inmates planning an elaborate escape cautiously induct a new inmate to join in their scheme which leads to distrust and uncertainty.
My Pure Land
Rating: 15
Three women must take up arms to defend their land from the men who want to take it from..read more
Three women must take up arms to defend their land from the men who want to take it from them.
On Body and Soul (Teströl és lélekröl)
Runtime: 116mins   Rating: 18
When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true..read more
When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams - where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love - they decide to make their dreams come true but it's difficult in real life.
Pin Cushion
Runtime: 82mins   Rating: 15
SPECIAL GUEST - INTRODUCTION AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR DEBORAH HAYWOOD
British born Deborah was selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, 2007 after producing her..read more
SPECIAL GUEST - INTRODUCTION AND Q&A WITH DIRECTOR DEBORAH HAYWOOD
British born Deborah was selected for Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow, 2007 after producing her first short. She is BIFA nominated and has won several awards including Best Short at Soho Rushes Short Film Festival with her short film Sis. Pin Cushion is not only Deborah’s directorial debut but she also wrote the feature script, with producer Gavin Humphries, Creative England, and the BFI. It is wowing the fi lm critic world with five star reviews up and down the country. Official Selection Venice Film Festival Critics’ Week 2017 - Opening Night Gala - World premiere; Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018.

A must-see impressive and compelling debut feature from Deborah Haywood, with fairytale whimsy and dark realism. Newcomer Lily Newmark shines in this quirky, small-town drama about bullying. Sweet and funny in places, heartbreaking in others, teenaged Iona (Newmark) moves with her single mother Lyn (Scanlan) to start a new life in a new town. While mum and daughter are adorably, if slightly unnervingly, close to each other, Iona is keen to fit in at her new school and a distance forms between them. A sensitive and assured film with characters you’ll warm to and root for. (Dir. Deborah Haywood, UK, 2017, 1 hr 22 mins).
Purbeck Shorts Competition - Short Films
Rating: TBC
Purbeck Shorts - International Short Film Competition 2018 (Dur 3 hours)
A judging panel of industry professionals, chaired by documentary filmmaker and academic Rob..read more
Purbeck Shorts - International Short Film Competition 2018 (Dur 3 hours)
A judging panel of industry professionals, chaired by documentary filmmaker and academic Rob Dartnall and special guest judge Deborah Haywood, Director of Pin Cushion. Our annual competition attracts entries by talented filmmakers from around the world. Will you agree with the Judging Panel’s award for Best Film? If not, this is your chance to vote for your own favourite short film to be given the Audience Award. Enjoy an evening of wonderful, unreleased short film screenings and see work from filmmakers of the future.
Judging Panel Members: Cathryn Bradshaw - (Actor, Bristol Old Vic, RSC & films The Mother, Venus, Like Minds & television actor). Paul Hilton - (Course Leader, BA Visual Effects Design & Production and Effects & Animation, Arts University Bournemouth.Deborah Haywood - (Director, Pin Cushion and other award winning titles, film scriptwriter). Jim Hunter - (Artist and Professor Emeritus of Arts University Bournemouth). David Holman (English Playwright with over 70 plays to his credit & has worked in Australia & England).
Prize sponsored by Spurwing Guest House.
Puzzle
Runtime: 103mins   Rating: 15
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to..read more
Agnes, taken for granted as a suburban mother, discovers a passion for solving jigsaw puzzles which unexpectedly draws her into a new world. Stepping out of her domestic bubble to pursue her new hobby, Agnes meets Robert, a wealthy, reclusive inventor who immediately recognises her talent and recruits her as his partner for an upcoming world jigsaw tournament.
Rex Double Bill - The Silent Child and I Am Not A Witch
Runtime: 113mins   Rating: 12A
The Silent Child - Short: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to..read more
The Silent Child - Short: A deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.

Followed by I Am Not A Witch: When eight-year-old Shula turns up alone and unannounced in a rural Zambian village, the locals are suspicious. A minor incident escalates to a full-blown witch trial, where she is found guilty and sentenced to life on a state-run witch camp. There, she is tethered to a long white ribbon and told that if she ever tries to run away, she will be transformed into a goat. As the days pass, Shula begins to settle into her new community, but a threat looms on the horizon. Soon she is forced to make a difficult decision – whether to resign herself to life on the camp, or take a risk for freedom.
Royal Ballet: La Bayadere (Encore)
Runtime: 195mins   Rating: LIVE
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom..read more
Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.
Sorcerer
Runtime: 121mins   Rating: PG
Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American..read more
Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.
The Conversation
Runtime: 114mins   Rating: 12A
Sponsored by Love Cake

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be..read more
Sponsored by Love Cake

A paranoid, secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple, on whom he is spying, will be murdered.
The Little Stranger
Runtime: 111mins   Rating: 12A
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he..read more
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of quiet respectability as a country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants - mother, son and daughter - are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.
The Rocket
Runtime: 96mins   Rating: 12
Sponsored by Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

With special recorded introduction from the Director, Kim Mordaunt especially for the Purbeck Film Festival.
A boy..read more
Sponsored by Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

With special recorded introduction from the Director, Kim Mordaunt especially for the Purbeck Film Festival.
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival.
The Seagull
Runtime: 99mins   Rating: 12A
The Seagull is a period drama based on the play by Anton Chekhov in which an actor leaves Moscow to visit her terminally ill..read more
The Seagull is a period drama based on the play by Anton Chekhov in which an actor leaves Moscow to visit her terminally ill brother.
The Wife
Runtime: 100mins   Rating: 15
Sponsored by The Pig - On The Beach
A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for..read more
Sponsored by The Pig - On The Beach
A wife questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.


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Announced: Purbeck Film Festival Programme live on website

The 22nd Purbeck Film Festival has launched it's programme on www.purbeckfilm.com.  Over 76 dynamic films and documentaries from all around the globe with contemporary themes of political intrigue, French Cinema ansd Bergman interwoven throughout the programme. The great take over of The Rex lasts from 12th to 27th October, we urge you to book your tickets quick!