The Best of the Fest free screening is confirmed

The venue, programme, Q&A and VIP guest list have all been confirmed. Phew. Leiston Film Theatre has made it very easy for us to set up the free screening, and we finally all agreed the following programme, which will start at 3.30pm on Saturday October 12th – a proper autumn matinee slot. You can reserve your seat (did we mention it’s free..?) through the Box Office.

The programming team has selected seven films for a 90 minute screening, featuring our headline film SYLVIA, followed by a Q&A with the producer and director. Here’s the programme:

In Wonderland, directed by Christopher Hayden with screenplay by Iona Firouzabadi, is the story of a life together. It begins and ends in the same place and time – on a beach where Alice has come to reflect on her relationship with Michael. It’s both the story of that one moment and the story of their whole relationship, seen through the shifting sands of Alice’s memory.

Curing Albrecht, directed by Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple, tells a story through dance and no dialogue. Curing Albrecht isn’t easy. He’s afflicted with an urge, and try as they might the experts in the Acute Assessment Unit don’t seem to be able to help him shake it off.

Seven, written and directed by James Morgan, occupies the liminal space where wilderness and culture, tradition and modernity collide. The film unfolds in a surreal and stunning Arctic landscape of rearing cliffs and vast seascapes at the edge of civilisation.

Litterbugs, directed by Peter Stanley-Ward, who wrote the screenplay with Natalie Conway, features a young inventor. Using her self-made flying mechanical creatures, helps a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies who try to steal his power.

Late Afternoon, written and directed by Louise Bagnall, is a thoughtful animation in which Emily finds herself disconnected from the world around her. She drifts back through her memories to relive different moments from her life. Looking to her past helps her to fully understand the present.

Taking the Waters, directed by Kathryn Ferguson and Anna Hart, is a sumptuous documentary about people trying to change their lives for the better through the restorative powers of the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool.


SYLVIA, directed by Richard Prendergast, is a story about love, loss and a car, is based on a heartbreaking true story from the American Midwest. Richard Prendergast based his film in the flat and barren landscape of east Norfolk, which brings its own lonely character to the narrative.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the producer and director of SYLVIA, our headline film at First Light Festival.

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