The Chiswick In Film festival is back this autumn

Shaun the Sheep – meet Ricky Tomlinson

We are delighted to announce that the Chiswick In Film festival will be back this autumn, even bigger and better than last year. The Chiswick Calendar’s collaboration with Chiswick Cinema and industry professionals Andrea Carnevali and Rob Sprackling has born fruit.

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. 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 and the film’s creator, Chiswick resident Rob Sprackling.

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 producer, Chiswick resident Andy Harries, 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.

The carefully curated programme reflects the spirit of Chiswick itself—eclectic, engaging, and community-driven. From enchanting tales set against Chiswick’s iconic landmarks to thought-provoking works created by the creative minds who call this place home, each film is a testament to the richness of our community’s contributions to the world of cinema.

Four films and Q&As are on sale now, with more films to be announced soon. Book now for the following films at Chiswick Cinema Platinum Members go free.


Image above: Helen Mirren as The Queen

Friday 29 September, 7.30pm  – The Queen

Q&A with Andy Harries (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: Dirk Bogarde in Victim; photograph George Courtney Ward

Sunday 1 October, 4pm – Victim

Q&A with special guests TBA.

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 2 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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Images from L to R: Chris Parker; Andrea Carnevali; Rob Sprackling; Bridget Osborne

The secret to the winning formula …

“Chiswick in Film Festival is a unique event, held every year at the gorgeous Chiswick Cinema. A retrospective of wonderful films made by or starring local W4 talent (of which we are fortunately blessed) followed by fascinating Q&As with the artists themselves. What’s not to love?” Rob Sprackling, Film-maker

“We had such a wonderful time last year launching the Chiswick in Film Festival; celebrating the eclectic array of local artists as well as the beauty of it’s location, showcased on the big screen.

“This year we continue the celebration with more exciting screenings and Q&A’s, a Young Filmmaker’s competition and the return of the popular Chiswick Quiz event. We hope everyone can join us across the weekend for the magic of cinema and the community”. Keiichi Furuya, Chsiwick Cinema General Manager

“The secret behind the winning formula is in the name itself: “Chiswick In Film Festival” says Andrea Carnevali, professional film editor and Chsiwick resident who runs a monthly film club at the cinema. “It puts together two of the things I love the most: the community vibe of leafy Chiswick and the soothing power of cinema. What a joy! I can’t wait to share it with everyone!” Andrea Carnevali, Film-maker