St Martin’s First Film Festival Starts Today

Warren Neil

Warren Neil

St Martin’s is holding its first film festival this weekend, mixing big screen blockbusters with footage filmed in Scilly.

The three-day event starts at the Sevenstones Inn this afternoon at 5.30pm, with the classic comedy ‘Some Like it Hot.’

Tomorrow there’s ‘Withnail and I’ at 5.30pm and Sunday’s festival closer at 5pm is ‘Amelie.’

Organiser Warren Neill says choosing the non Scilly-based movies has been an interesting exercise. He says he knows the films he likes himself, but it’s tricky finding ones that have a wide appeal for all people.

As for local interest films, the big draw is likely to be ‘When The Whales Came,’ which was filmed on Bryher and is based on Michael Morpurgo’s book. It’s being shown at noon on Saturday.

Sunday’s screenings from midday will feature more footage of the islands. Warren says there are many videos of Scilly on Youtube, from mini-helicopter footage to films of gig weekend.

Robin Browne will introduce some surprises including an episode of ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ filmed on St Martin’s in the 1980s, footage of the RAF training around the Daymark in the 50s and material from Roger Banfield at the Isles of Scilly Museum.

Warren hopes to make the festival an annual event and he wants to contact well-known film critic and St Martin’s regular Mark Kermode about next year’s festival.