From Page to Screen – from Capra to Colman

BRIDPORT’s unique celebration of cinema and the written word returns to the arts centre and the Electric Palace, from 24th to 29th April. From Page to Screen, now in its 11th year, explores the relationship between words and film, with a programme that ranges from black and white classics to the newest releases.

The aim of the festival is to encourage people of all ages to read more, watch more and make films. The event’s success has always been attributed to the intelligent and wide-ranging programme, which (literally) has films for all tastes and all ages, from arthouse to the latest Disney, from nail-biting thrillers to classic comedies.

This year’s programme is as eclectic and challenging as ever – the charming new Dumbo sits between Il Postino, the 1994 film about the exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, and last year’s superhero blockbuster Black Panther.

Similarly The Favourite, with the superlative trio of Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone, as Queen Anne and her two rival companions, is on the same day as Being There, the classic  1979 comedy with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.

There is a very special treat for the West Dorset audience with a secret screening of Rogue Male, the 1976 film adaptation of Geoffrey Household’s 1939 novel of the same name. Peter O’Toole stars as a British agent on the run from the Gestapo, hiding out in the Marshwood Vale. The event begins in the car park at Symondsbury Manor Yard and the audience will have to follow the clues!

The festival’s opening day, Wednesday 24th, has a trio of great black and white movies, Closely Observed Trains set in Czechoslovakia under Nazi occupation, Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night, with Clark Gable as an out-of-work reporter and Claudette Colbert as a rich girl on the run from her family, and the 1948 political drama State of the Union, another Capra triumph, with Spencer Tracy as the Republican nominee for President and Katharine Hepburn as his long-estranged wife.

For full details visit the From Page To Screen pages of the Bridport Arts Centre website.

Pictured: Dumbo, the new live-action film; Peter O’Toole in Rogue Male; Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in State of the Union.