Festival of film draws crowds
THE first-ever, week-long Corby Big Film Week was staged last week in the town.
With personal appearances including the seven-Oscar winning producer David Parfitt and Marilyn Monroe’s script supervisor Angela Allen, this first festival offered movie-lovers the opportunity to engage with ‘The Art of Cinema’; from writing and directing, to acting and composing, encompassing the crafts of producing, cinematography, sound and lighting.
It all began with Spike Pike the Poet presenting the first verse of his Ballad of Corby Big Film Week at the new Savoy cinema – other verses were revealed during the week – and included an official opening by festival director Judy Caine and Corby Mayor Peter McEwan.
It was a week of great movie screenings – from retro classics such as The African Queen to the latest blockbuster, Suffragette.
Participating venues across Corby included The Savoy cinema, The Core at Corby Cube, Corby East Midlands International Pool, Corby Library and The Rooftop Gallery and Workshops. James Ashworth VC Square outside the Corby Cube became a live film set with movie characters from Frozen to Star Wars!
The event – promoted by the Corby community – was supported by Made in Corby, which is funded by Arts Council England as part of its national Creative People and Places programme.
The festival also celebrated the area’s rich history via ‘Corby on Film’.
Pictured above – LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: The Vikings chase Corby Mayor Peter McEwan out of town! Photo courtesy of Tom Bingham.