Purbeck Film Festival heads outdoors

PURBECK Film Festival is back this year with five outdoor screenings starting on 19th August, and the main festival in October. Venues for the outdoor programme are Holme for Gardens near Wareham and Durlston Country Park at Swanage.

Films include the romantic comedy Tamara Drewe, which was largely filmed in Dorset, the adored sci fi fantasy ET and the scary horror film, The Blair Witch Project.

In recent years outdoor screenings have become popular around the country – many in the grounds of stately homes or castles – but none have been running as long as Purbeck Film Festival, which has been screening films since 1997.

Festival manager Julie Sharman says: “We are really looking forward to returning to Holme for Gardens on Thursday 19th August to screen Tamara Drewe in their beautiful garden amphitheatre.

“In addition, we will be screening four films in the Aviary Glade at Durlston Country Park, the first on Saturday 21st August (ET) and three popular films over the Bank Holiday weekend – The Princess Bride, Hunt for the Wilderpeople and The Blair Witch Project.”

These will be the first film screenings for the festival since 2019 when lockdown and Covid forced the festival organisers to cancel all events. It followed a year of record ticket sales when more than 20,000 people had attended screenings.

Julie said: “We truly believe that watching films should be a shared social experience – emotions are amplified when you are with a large group of like minded people and the event becomes a very memorable experience.

“The location at Durlston is a truly magical wooded glade at Durlston Country Park which has received over £80,000 funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help restore its Victorian landscaping.  Numbers will be very limited so we urge people to book up quickly.”

This year’s Purbeck Film Festival runs from 22nd to 31st October. For more information on outdoor and main festival films visit the new festival website www.purbeckfilm.com

Pictured: ET and Hunt For The Wilderpeople.