Chiswick In Film festival – 29 September – 1 October 2023

Writers, directors, producers and actors –  Ricky Tomlinson, Kevin McNally, Stephen K Amos, and Shaun the Sheep all in one weekend

Downton Abbey‘s Phyllis Logan and Lesley Nicol (aka Mrs Hughes and Mrs Patmore), are looking forward to this year’s Chiswick In Film festival, Friday 29 September – Sunday 1 October.

The two well-known Chiswick actors, who played a starring role in the first Chiswick In Film festival last year, have made us a promotional video.

Video: Phyllis Logan and Lesley Nicol

A weekend of films and Q&As with Chiswick connections – 29 September – 1 October

It’s great to have two such well-loved actors supporting the festival, which celebrates Chiswick’s connections with the film industry both on screen and off.

Following last year’s hit weekend, which featured exclusive Q&As with Sarah Miles, the cast and crew of Downton Abbey and the team behind Misbehaviour amongst others, we are proud to tell you there will be an entire weekend of in-person Q&A screening events from Friday 29 September until Sunday 1 October, with some cracking films and some of the top names in the industry talking about them.

Meet Shaun the Sheep in person. Lead animator Will Becher from Aardman Animations will be there with the top sheep himself. Probably the first time Ricky Tomlinson has been pipped to the top billing by a sheep. He will be there talking about cult football comedy Mike Bassett, England Manager, with sports journalist Mihir Bose, the film’s creator, Chiswick resident Rob Sprackling,  and director Steve Barron.

A year on from the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II we will be playing the film The Queen and talking about it with producers, Chiswick resident Andy Harries and Christine Langan and director Sir Stephen Frears.

And we will be showing Victim, the 1961 Dirk Bogarde film shot in Chiswick, with scenes shot at St Nicholas Church and along Chiswick Mall. Stephen K Amos discusses how the film was a landmark in changing public attitudes towards homosexuality.

Actor Suzette Llewellyn will be talking to Nathan Bryon, the writer of Rye Lane, the Peckham romance which premiered at the Sundance Festival in January to great critical acclaim.

And topping off the weekend Kevin McNally will be talking about his career before a screening of De-Lovely, the Cole Porter biopic shot in Chiswick. Kevin has appeared in everything from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and The Long Good Friday (1980) to the Pirates of the Caribbean films. He talks about his career spanning nearly 40 years, 36 films, 60 TV series as well as radio and theatre productions.

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Image above: Helen Mirren as The Queen

Friday 29 September, 7.30pm  – The Queen

Q&A with Andy Harries (producer), Christine Langan (producer) and Sir Stephen Frears (director), hosted by Chiswick Calendar editor Bridget Osborne.

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. Helen Mirren won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this film. It was nominated for a total of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Directing.

The Chiswick connection: Producer Andy Harries lives in Chiswick, as did actress Sylvia Sims, with many scenes shot in the nearby Ealing Studios.

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Image above: Shaun the Sheep Movie

Saturday 30 September, 10.30am – Shaun the Sheep Movie

Q&A with Will Becher (Aardman Animations) and hosted by Rob Sprackling (writer).

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home. Shaun the Sheep Movie was nominated for Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Chiswick connection: Writer Rob Sprackling is a Chiswick resident. Screening generously supported by Room2, Chiswick.

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Image above: Ricky Tomlinson as Mike Bassett, England Manager

Saturday 30 September, 2pm – Mike Bassett England Manager

Q&A with Rob Sprackling (creator), Ricky Tomlinson (actor), Steve Barron (director), Mihir Bose (sports journalist) and hosted by Julian Worricker.

Mike Bassett is appointed England manager having only previous experience of managing in the English lower leagues. He is tasked with guiding the team to qualification for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Mike Bassett England Manager was nominated for Best British Film at the Empire Awards.

The Chiswick connection: Writer Rob Sprackling is a Chiswick resident.

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Image above: David Jonsson and Vivian Oparah in Rye Lane

Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm – Rye Lane

Q&A with writer Nathan Bryon and Suzette Llewellyn.

Two twenty-somethings both reeling from bad break-ups, who connect over the course of an eventful day in South London – Peckham romance which premiered at the Sundance Festival in January to critical acclaim.

The Chiswick connection: Suzette lives and Nathan used to live in Chiswick.

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Image above: Dirk Bogarde in Victim; photograph George Courtney Ward

Sunday 1 October, 4pm – Victim

Q&A with special guest Stephen K Amos

A closeted lawyer risks his career to bring a blackmailer to justice. Dirk Bogarde was considered to have taken a huge risk making this film. It was the first British film to explicitly name homosexuality and deal with the theme sympathetically. He was a matinee idol and hugely popular, but any film about homosexuality was considered hugely controversial at the time. Despite his popularity, it was not shown in the US when it was released.

The film was credited with changing public opinion in Britain. It was nominated for Venice Film Festivals’ Golden Lion and two BAFTAs.

The Chiswick connection: Actress Sylvia Sims lived in Chiswick and the film features various Chiswick locations including Morton House on Chiswick Mall.

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Image above: Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd in De-Lovely, with Kevin McNally on the right

Sunday 1 October, 7.30pm – De-Lovely

Q&A with Kevin McNally

An original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter, played by Kevin Kline, filled with his unforgettable songs, featuring Kevin McNally.

Kevin, who has appeared in everything from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and The Long Good Friday (1980) to the Pirates of the Caribbean films, talks to Chiswick Calendar editor Bridget Osborne about his long career spanning nearly 40 years, 36 films, 60 TV series as well as radio and theatre productions.

The Chiswick connection: Actor Kevin McNally is a Chiswick resident, and scenes from the movie were filmed in Chiswick House. 

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Young film makers competition

This year we are running a young film makers competition (for under 18s). Judged by Colin Firth and Michael Attenborough, the winners will be announced on Sunday and the winning film will be shown.

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