2020 Special Events and Guests
The Runaways – Opening Night, Thursday 27th February
Richard Heap has been making outdoor adventure films for over 15 years. Films on subjects as diverse as
climbing, mountaineering, skiing, running and environmental issues such as the retreat of the glaciers in
Nepal. After a series of documentaries for the BBC on hubris within motorsport he started making short
fiction films. The Runaways is his debut full length feature film. It embodies many of feelings evoked of a
life lived in the landscapes of Great Britain.
The Curator – Opening Night, Thursday 27th February
It is great to welcome Mike Tweddle back to Keswick.
We think Mike is a genius at making very small budgets go a long way and Sparrowhawk
was a case in point. The Curator represents a change in style for Mike, being a short film with an
established star – Derek Griffiths is so familiar to all of us of a certain age.
Mike started with a background in punk rock and later musical and political fanzines and following a
hiatus that involved travelling the world on a shoestring, getting a first class degree in Environmental
Technology from Durham University, starting a family and beginning a career as a quarry inspector
Mike returned to writing. Writing and directing for himself, his production company Broken Scar
Productions released its first feature film Damaged Goods in 2013 which was not only screened at
Keswick Film Club but went on to be shown across the UK, Europe, the USA and Australasia.
Lisi Tribble (Elize Russell)
Dance of the Seven Veils - Saturday 29th February
Another old friend of the Festival, we are delighted to see Lisi Tribble in Keswick again.
Lisi was born in the USA and was previously married to Ken Russell. She is an actress and musician
known for The Fall of the House of Usher: A Gothic Tale for the 20th Century, Boudica Bites Back and
We are indebted to Lisi for her help in bringing Dance of the Seven Veils to the screen again and for
raiding her archive to uncover some other rarely-seen gems from Ken Russell's portfolio.
Dr Alan Kessedjian
Derriere Les Fronts (Beyond the Front
Lines) - Sunday 1st March
Dr Alan Kessedjian will be presenting Derriere Les Fronts (Beyond the Front
Lines) at this year's Keswick Film Festival. He was instrumental in getting
Derriere Les Fronts first screened in the UK to a sell out audience at the
Screening Rights Film Festival in Birmingham in 2018.
He is a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Trainer specialising in Acute
Mental Health, Complex Trauma and Transcultural Psychology and is widely
acknowledged for his contributions in the field of mental health training in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is familiar with the work of Dr Samah Jabr
who the film features and has co-presented workshops and presentations with
her at conferences in Egypt, Palestine and Switzerland.
Photo taken just before the Birmingham screening of Derriere Les Fronts: Alexandra Dols (Director
of Derriere Les Fronts) Dr Ghada Karmi (Medical Dr, Author and Academic) Dr Alan Kessedjian and
Dr Samah Jabr
The Patron's Legacy Project
Showcase: Friday 28th February, 1pm Studio - Free Entry
Exhibition: Open now until the end of the festival - Theatre By The Lake
When Sir John Hurt visited the Festival he gave freely of his time to help local film and media students develop
their craft, inspiring many to further their careers in the industry.
The Project seeks to pay tribute to his legacy with a showcase of short films, performances and
exhibitions, created by students from Carlisle College as part of the UAL Foundation and Media Production courses.
Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group
Our association with Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group continues with
two special screenings in the Theatre with post-film discussions on the
Osprey Short Film Awards
Saturday 29th February 2pm
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.