Romsey Film Festival 2016

Planning for Romsey Festival 2017, which takes place between 1 and 16 July, is well-advanced. We’ll publish the programme this autumn.

In the meantime, we’re pleased to share details of the 2016 Romsey Film Festival. Taking place in the last week of September in a range of town-centre venues, there’s something for everybody to enjoy.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (15)

Saturday 24 September, 8pm, Plaza Theatre

Sing along to the Time Warp and other songs you love – better still, come in fancy dress! We’re awarding prizes for the best outfits.

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The Jungle Book (Disney’s 2016 version)

Monday 26th, 3.30 and 7pm, Town Hall (upper room)

For the young and the young-at-heart.

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Lady in the Van

Tuesday 27th at 7pm, Town Hall

Starring Dame Maggie Smith and back by popular request.

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Robin Hood (1922, digitally remastered)

Wednesday 28th, King John’s House

Enjoy a delightful Miss Moody’s cream tea whilst watching the 1922 classic starring Douglas Fairbanks. King John returns to a building he is reputed to have visited!

For tickets, please call Romsey Heritage Centre on 01794 512987 or visit King John’s House.

Pranzo di Ferragosto (Mid-August Lunch) (U)

Wednesday 28th, 7 for 7.30pm, Town Hall

Screened in conjunction with Romsey Twinning Association. Enjoy wine and nibbles and hear about their various twinning activities before the film, which will be shown in Italian with English sub-titles.

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Battle of the Somme

Thursday 29th, United Reformed Church, 6pm, and Town Hall, 7.30pm

A co-venture with the World War One project led by Romsey United Reform Church.

After attending the launch of an exhibition of the project’s work in the URC, you’ll  move to the Town Hall at 7.30pm to watch a silent movie made at the Battle of the Somme, in which so many men of Romsey and Hampshire served and died. With a moving sound musical accompaniment, this will be a historical and poignant reminder of so many local lives lost. The film has recently been remastered by the Imperial War Museum, and this is a rare opportunity to see it on a large screen in Romsey. This is a free event that contains actual battle scenes which some people might find distressing.

The Revenant (15)

Friday 30th September, 7pm, Town Hall

Released in 2015 and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it is the story of survival set in 1823 within uncharted American wilderness.

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The Titfield Thunderbolt

Saturday 1st October, 2.30pm, Town Hall

we are set to repeat the success of last year’s historic railway films by showing the 1953 “Titfield Thunderbolt” starring Stanley Holloway, a railway comedy filmed in glorious Technicolor mostly on the branch lines of Somerset. We will also screen some famous railway shorts in the interval.

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Top Gun

Saturday 1st October, 7pm, Town Hall,

Starring Tom Cruise as a pilot at the US navy’s prestigious fighter weapons school – stunning cinematography and fantastic sound track.

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Elemental Dialogues – Water

The Cellarium, Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust admission charges apply)

10am to 4pm daily throughout the Festival (40 minutes on continuous loop)

Water, by Anna Cady, is the third in the Elemental Dialogues series.  It explores what happens when a short film is given to a network of writers and sound artists with the original soundtrack removed. Each contributor produces an interpretation, which is then re-embedded in the film, creating new works, each of which tells a different and sometimes unexpected story. Water was filmed in, on, and around the chalk streams of Hampshire.

Romsey Film Festival 2016 is generously sponsored by Bradbeers and Winkworth, and supported by Romsey Town Council.