The Patron's Legacy Project - Cinephoria

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.


Studio - Friday 28th February 1pm (Free Entry)

We follow the success of 2019's showcase, POPCORN, with another afternoon of multi-media performances from the students who, this year, have taken their inspiration from the films of Tilda Swinton.

Friday 28th February, 1pm Studio
Free Entry


Theatre By The Lake - Open now until the end of the festival

Each year Visual Communication and Illustration students from the UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Carlisle College design alternative posters for the films in the Keswick Film Festival.

The challenge is to devise visual equivalents for the films, most of which are unseen by the artists, based on the themes, settings and storylines, similar in approach to the pioneering Eastern European film posters of the 60s and 70s, where, untroubled by Hollywood conventions, designers gave free rein to their imaginations in designing parallel artworks that existed in their own right.

The exhibition also includes outcomes devised by students under the Patron's Legacy Project initiated in memory of the late John Hurt.

Students from Foundation and the UAL Diploma in Media and Film Production have responded in completely open-ended ways to the films of this year’s subject, Tilda Swinton, some examples of which are below. Films studied include Orlando, Suspiria, Grand Budapest Hotel, Snowpiercer, Only Lovers Left Alive (shown at the Festival on Friday in the Studio), We Need To Talk About Kevin and Moonrise Kingdom.

Carlisle College and Keswick Film Festival are delighted that Miss Swinton agreed to be the subject of this year's Legacy Project.

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