2017 Guests and Special Events

Greta Scacchi

Our principal guest for 2017 will be Greta Scacchi, fresh from the West End stage, in Kenneth Branagh's The Entertainer. We will be screening a number of films from her illustrious career and looking back at her work which has included Heat and Dust, The Player, The Falling and the acclaimed recent TV adaptation of War and Peace.

Miss Scacchi will be presenting three of her most iconic films at the festival - The Browning Version by Carlisle-born director Mike Figgis; White Mischief, the marvellous ensemble piece in which she co-starred with Charles Dance and Joss Ackland and; Robert Altman's The Player, surely one of the best films about Hollywood ever made.

Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons has been the hit of the summer. Producer Nick Barton and Visual Effects Supervisor, Simon Hughes will be here to tell us just how they did it.

Simon Hughes

Simon Hughes is a Visual Effects Supervisor based at Union VFX in London. He began his career at Cinesite in London in 1997 and has since worked at a number of companies in both London and Canada, and has supervised onset around the UK, US, Canada and Africa. He has recently worked on Bridget Jones's Baby, Swallows and Amazons, Everest, Suffragette, 71, Safe House and has received a Visual Effects Society award for his work on District 9.

Before the screening of Swallows and Amazons, Simon's talk will give us brief overview of the VFX industry and what his role entails along with an insight into how the visual effects were achieved in the film, which was of course, filmed right here on Derwentwater.

Nick Barton

Nick Barton is the producer of major British films such as Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots and most recently Swallows and Amazons.

He started his film career making advertising commercials in the 1970's with acclaimed photographer Terence Donovan. He then established Network Television in the 1980's creating major international documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4, and the Discovery Channel. His entry into feature films came in 2000 when his new company, Harbour Pictures, developed the extraordinary true story of the Yorkshire WI ladies with their famous nude calendar. Calendar Girls became one of the most successful British films in history...

Michael Curtiz Retrospective

2017 will see the 75th Anniversary of the release of the sublime Casablanca. Director Michael Curtiz will be the subject of a number of screenings (including the rarely seen The Breaking Point) and a talk by our special guest Adam Feinstein.

Critical Acclaim

This year we are bringing 3 top critics, Matt Glasby, Karen Krizanovich and Ali Catterall to Keswick and asking them to choose their film of the year, present it at KFF and we are asking you, the audience, to vote on their selection. In the run up to the Festival and over the course of the weekend there will be an ongoing, online conversation about those choices.

For more information on the critics and their selections visit the Critics' Award page.

Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby (@mattglasby) is a film critic for Total Film and GQ among others, and a member of the London Critics' Circle. His first book, The A-Z Of Great Film Directors, was published in 2015. His second, Choose Life, a study of 1990s British cinema, is out in 2017.

Favourite film: If....

Festival Choice: Son of Saul

Karen Krizanovich

Karen Krizanovich (@Krizanovich) is a journalist, writer, researcher, public speaker and broadcaster and is the honorary secretary of the London Film Critics' Circle and a jury associate for the international film critics' association. Her work has been published in The Times, The Sunday Times Style, Red, The Independent,  The Telegraph, The Guardian and Elle among many others. She has appeared on numerous TV shows, including  Newsnight, BBC1 Breakfast News, BBC2's The Review Show and STV's MovieJuice

Favourite film: Airplane!

Festival Choice: Arrival

Ali Catterall

Ali Catterall (@AliCatterall) is a film journalist based in London, who writes and has written for a great many journals, some of which actually still exist, including The Guardian, Total Film, Q, Time Out , and The Word. He is co-author of Your Face Here: British Cult Movies Since the Sixties - a former Book of the Year for both the BBC and the Independent - and in 2011, hosted the Port Eliot Film Festival.

Favourite film: Theatre of Blood

Festival Choice: Raw

Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group

Our association with Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group continues with two special screenings in the Theatre Studio with post-film discussions on the topics raised. We Are Many is the story of the mass protest against the Iraq war and How the Rich Avoid Tax sees actor Greg Wise expose the workings of both tax planners and the HMRC.

Greg Wise will present the screening and host a Q&A after the film.

Osprey Short Film Awards

Our annual celebration of local filmmaking. A selection of short films in the running for one of our prestigious Osprey Short film awards, including an audience award voted for by you.

Remastered – An Exhibition

Each year at the Festival, students from Carlisle College produce an exhibition of movie posters, inspired by the Festival programme and displayed on the mezzanine floors of the Theatre by the Lake. Please take some time out to look at these stunning artworks.

This year's exhibition is entitled Remastered:

There is a current trend for designers to bypass the usual design-by-committee approach of mainstream film promotion and, influenced by the anarchic approach of Communist-era Eastern European artists who in many cases had no access to the films they were promoting, create visually bold images that stand in an interestingly oblique relation to the film.

These works have been created as alternative film posters for the films in festival by Visual Communication students from the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Carlisle College of the Arts.

Osprey Short Film Awards

Now accepting entries for 2024

A selection of previous festival programme covers
View the programme archive

2017 Credits

All programme and film details are correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.