CHESTER Performs has announced the biggest film festival yet seen in the city.
Without a city centre cinema, organisers have turned to Chester’s historic backdrop to showcase more than 20 events during Screen Deva (May 9-16), with tickets on sale from Friday.
Programme manager Amber Knipe said: “We are really excited about this year’s Screen Deva, it’s our biggest programme to date and has something for everyone. We wanted to make sure that during the week- long festival anyone can come into the city to see and take part in the festival’s events.”
Grosvenor Park will host a 16ft by 9ft outdoor screen. The audience is invited to buy a picnic and a seat. There is something for everyone with Hitchcock classic Vertigo, teen cult Donnie Darko and family favourite ET.
Screen Deva Family Day, in three marquees pitched in Grosvenor Park, will include projects such as Portable Pixel Playground, described as a mixture between an adventure playground, a work of art and a computer game.
Blue Screen workshops will enable families to create their own movie special effects. Cheshire Dance will offer workshops using new media technology. Family-friendly films will be screened throughout the day.
Telford’s Warehouse will host Best of the Fests, an evening of the best short films from UK and international film festivals and Film Quiz Spectacular.
Movies by local filmmakers will be showcased for Young Deva and Deva Scene.
A Film of the Book Night is planned in the disused St Olave’s church, with a Chester university lecturer chairing a discussion on Girl, Interrupted based on the novel by Susan Keysen.
Italian deli Olio & Farina will show Il Postino and La Vita è Bella. Oddfellows will screen Some Like it Hot during a VIP film night, with fizz, candy floss, popcorn and ice cream sellers.
Grosvenor Museum will host Baby Deva – for parents with children under one year old – featuring New York rom-com Manhattan and silver screen classic Brief Encounter is programmed free for OAPs.
There will be more than 18 feature-length films including horror, comedy, world cinema, science fiction and adventure.