By Leah Conway –
The ongoing Holmfirth Film Festival has returned this week for its 11th annual year. The film festival celebrates British, European and world cinema and returns to the big screen this year with a slimmed-down festival.
The Holmfirth Film Festival curates a range of films from all over the world that have been released over the last year for their audience’s enjoyment. The events range from normal film showings to films & talks, tributes, films for children and director presents specials.
There are a few free film showings but the majority need a ticket, all of which are £5.
Already passed are films Nomadland, Limbo and The Man in the Hat but the coming week still holds a number of film showings you can catch.
Wednesday 3 November
Custody, 7pm @ The Tech – a tension-filled French film tackling issues of domestic abuse and custody
Thursday 4 November
A tribute to John Murray with Picture Stories, 7pm @ The Tech. The showing honours John Murray who was a photographer and photojournalist. The documentary film covers historic interviews and photos of Britain.
Friday 5 November
Be Nature: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache, 2pm @ Lesser Civic Hall
The Reason I Jump, 7pm, FREE @ The Tech. This is a documentary covering the experiences of non-speaking autistic people, based on a book by Naoki Higashida.
Another Round, 7pm, @ Hepworth Village Hall. An award-winning comedy film starring Mads Mikkelsen, which is an international co-production between Denmark, The Netherlands and Sweden.
Quo Vadis, Aida?, 7:30pm @ Lesser Civic Hall. A Bosnian and Austrian film following a teacher and translator navigating an invasion from Servian forces and the Srebrenica massacre.
Dream Horse, 7:30 @ Large Civic Hall. Promoted as a feel-good film based on a true story! It’s about a Welsh bartenders that takes on the racing elites.
Saturday 6 November
Even Mice Belong in Heaven, 1pm, FREE (Children’s film) @ Large Civic Hall. A film from the Czech Republic with puppet animation and an adventure of a little mouse. Every child attending gets a free sweet bag.
Wuthering Heights (Abismos de Pasion), FREE 2pm @ Lesser Civic Hall. Includes a talk with Michael Steward about his book that is a guide to the walks of the Bronte Sisters. The film offers a new take on a classic.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, 2:30 pm, @Large Civic Hall. A multi-award-winning period romance film.
Riders of Justice, 3pm @ The Tech. Another Mads Mikkelsen performance in a dark, new, revenge thriller
?, 7pm, FREE @Hepworth Village Hall. A mysterious one that will be revealed on the day. Due to contractual agreements, the festival can’t advertise the film, but they have teased that it is an award-winning European film considered to be one of this year’s best.
West Side Story, 7pm @ Large Civic Hall. A showing of the original classic.
The Father, 7:30pm @ Lesser Civic Hall. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Coleman explore the devastating impact of dementia.
Sunday 7 November
Mirror, 2pm, FREE @ Large Civic Hall. An autobiographical film from Andrei Tarkovsky, which has been remastered and re-released.
Dear Comrades, 7pm @ The Tech. A historical film exploring the true story of the 1962 strikes and Soviet state massacre.
La Belle epoque, 7pm @ Hepworth Village Hall. A time-travel trip to the 1970s.
The Man Who Knew Too Much, 7:30 pm, FREE @ Large Civic Hall. The film is about the military and intelligence events of the mid-seventies Troubles in Ireland. The film will be introduced by the director Michael Oswald and will have a discussion after the film.
By the Grace of God, 7pm @ Lesser Civic Hall. An exploration of a man discovering that the priest who abused him as a boy scout is still working within the church.
Film festival venues
- Hepworth Village Hall, Towngate, Hepworth Reserve tickets: 01484 685557 (Ruth Brook)
- Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth www.holmfirthcivichall.co.uk
- The Tech, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth www.holmfirthtech.co.uk
You can buy adult tickets for £5.00 and Children, University or College student tickets are £4.00
- Online: www.holmfirthfilmfestival.co.uk
- In-Person: Oxfam Bookshop, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth
Volunteer with the HFF
The film festival is underpinned by dedicated volunteers and is always othering opportunities to help, whether with the technical side, social media, brochure distribution or general helping at screens and events.