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Bridport film festival sell-out fright night
Bridport's From Page to Screen's special festival screening of The Shining at the Burton Cliff Hotel has sold out within days.
Tickets for Stanley Kubrick's cult classic were snapped up by 60 film enthusiasts all keen to attend the festival's first ever 'off-site' screening on April 11 at the hotel, now renamed The Seaside Boarding House, which is currently closed and awaiting renovation.
The 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson is set in an isolated hotel in the off-season. Jan Harlan, Kubrick's brother-in-law and Executive Producer, will be the guest speaker for this event, which will be preceded by Room 237, a documentary which details the conspiracy theories thought to be hidden within the film.
''From Page to Screen gets more popular every year,'' said Polly Gifford, Director of Bridport Arts Centre. ''We are delighted to show The Shining in such a unique venue - you can't get a more fitting or atmospheric setting and it promises to be an great night.''
Other films expected to sell out soon include Oscar winning Life of Pi, Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut Quartet and a special preview screening of Byzantium following a BAFTA Masterclass with legendary producer Stephen Woolley. Quartet, starring Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Tom Courtenay, will be followed by a post-show talk from producer Finola Dwyer.
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual From Page to Screen, the UK's only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films. Films for this year's event, to be held in Bridport on April 10 to 14, have been chosen by this year's curator Joe Dunthorne, whose first novel Submarine was made into a Hollywood movie. Most films will be accompanied by a guest speaker involved in the writing or film-making process.
Tickets for all events are now on sale at the Bridport Arts Centre box office on 01308 424024 or the Bridport Tourist Information Centre 01308 424901 or book seats online at bridport-arts.com Tickets for adults are £8 for films with a guest speaker, and £6 for all other films.
From Page to Screen was founded in 2009 by Bridport Arts Centre, inspired by the Bridport Prize - one of the UK's longest running and respected literary prizes. The festival's 'Flash-Film' competition is now open, giving film-makers the opportunity to adapt the winning stories in the Bridport Prize's Flash Fiction competition into 60-second films.