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Breaking News Update

A pair of breaking news items ahead of the main Daily Podcast later on today.

Direct download: Breaking_News.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

Closing weekend highlights Highlights of the final weekend and the festival
Direct download: weekends_highlights.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 8:38am EDT

Second Chance Screenings in the Cambridge Drama Centre We're pleased to announce that a number of Festival films will be screened at an extra Festival venue over the next two days - the Cambridge Drama Centre on Covent Garden (the one off Mill Road in Cambridge)
Direct download: Anglia_Ruskin_Drama.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 1:02pm EDT

Science on screen special The Cambridge film festival presents a special science on screen audio report.
Direct download: Science_peace.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 8:50am EDT

Berlin Films Collection Q&A The Q&A from the Berlin Films collection at the Cambridge Film Festival. Features the director of 'The Last Wash' - Ville Jankeri
Direct download: Berlin_films.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Creation Q&A The question and answer session from the film Creation.
Direct download: Creation_QA_2.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

23 September Podcast An outline of todays events and screenings.
Direct download: Timetable_Podcast.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 10:20am EDT

22 September podcast Listings for this evening's programme at the arts picturehouse, Cambridge.
Direct download: 22_September_Podcast01.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 11:41am EDT

The Calling A review of the film The Calling with highlights from the Q&A.
Direct download: The_Calling_Podcast.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 5:39pm EDT

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life A review and highlights of the Q&A from the film 'The First Day of the Rest of Your Life'.
Direct download: The_First_Day_of_the_Rest_of_Your_Life.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 12:40pm EDT

September 21 Preview Podcast A special look ahead at what's going on at the Festival on September 21
Direct download: 21_September_Podcast.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 8:03am EDT

A Secret Message A preview podcast for September 19... or is it?
Direct download: saturday_preview_spy_hackage.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 5:04pm EDT

September 19 preview A preview of all the sights and sounds for the Festival for September 19 brought to you in an audio report.
Direct download: Saterday_19th_preview_podcast_half_edit.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Army of Crime Q&A Highlights Highlights of the exclusive Q&A session with THE ARMY OF CRIME director Robert Guidiguian.
Direct download: Army_of_Crime_QA_Highlights.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 11:31am EDT

September 18 Preview A preview of all the big goings-on for the second day of the 2009 Cambridge Film Festival.
Direct download: September_18_Preview.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 7:16am EDT

Tony Jones introduces Cambridge Film Festival Festival director Tony Jones kicks off the 29th Cambridge Film Festival and introduces ARMY OF CRIME director Robert Guediguian.
Direct download: Tony_Opening_Night.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 4:42pm EDT

CFF Live! - opening night It's the opening night of the 29th Cambridge Film Festival and this podcast will tell you about some of the highlights and preview tomorrow's screenings.
Direct download: september17.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Tilda Swinton at the Cambridge Film Festival On Saturday September 20 noted actor Tilda Swinton came to Cambridge for the screening of JULIA, one of several films in this year's Festival with which she is associated.

In this first extract from the Q&A session which followed the screening Tilda talks about JULIA and about the state of independent cinema in the UK.
Direct download: 080920tilda.m4a
Category:festival news -- posted at: 10:19am EDT

EDEN: Q&A with Aidan Kelley Set in a thriving town in the midlands of Ireland, EDEN tells the story of a week in the lives of Billy and Breda Farrell as they approach their 10th wedding anniversary. Breda is determined that the milestone will re-ignite the passion in their marriage. Billy’s got other plans. He’s become infatuated with the unobtainable Imelda Egan and has convinced himself that they will be lovers by the weekend.

As the date draws closer, Billy's behaviour becomes more and more chaotic, while Breda's frustrations crystalise and find more mature, high-risk expression. EDEN is the screen adaptation of Eugene O'Brien's critically acclaimed, award-winning play of the same name, marking the second collaboration by director Declan Recks, Eugene O’Brien and RTÉ Television.

We were delighted that lead actor Aidan Kelley was able to be present for the screening on Friday 19 September.  EDEN is screened again on Saturday 20 September.
Direct download: 080919cffeden.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

Open for business Festival Director Tony Jones introduces the 2008 Cambridge Film Festival, and namechecks Tilda Swinton, Peter Greenaway, Werner Herzog, Neil Brand and of course Emily Boldy.

Followed by Walter Salles' introduction to his film LINHA DE PASSE.

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Direct download: 080918cffintro.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

An open-air odyssey to open the Festival The Festival kicked off with two open-air screenings of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY in front of the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, and we were there to talk to the audience and the organisers of this extraordinary event.

Producer: Bill Thompson
Direct download: cff2008episode1.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 12:48pm EDT

Linha de Passe Our opening night film is LINHA DE PASSE.

Sao Paulo. 20 million inhabitants, 200 kilometres of traffic, 300,000 messengers on motorcycles. At the heart of one of the toughest, most chaotic cities in the world, four brothers try to reinvent themselves in different ways. With the backdrop of Brazil in a state of emergency, each one is looking for a way out…

This effort from Walter Salles (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES) and his frequent collaborator Daniela Thomas (MIDNIGHT) is a characteristically humane and intelligent work. Steadfast in its refusal to glamourise violence and the extremity of the environment which the film’s characters are forced to inhabit, LINHA DE PASSE exudes compassion, drama and insight.

Direct download: linhadepasse.mp4
Category:festival news -- posted at: 9:04am EDT

Neil Brand Interview  Jan Gilbert interviews accompanist Neil Brand about his work and the films he is performing to at this year's Festival.
Direct download: NeilBrand.mp3
Category:festival news -- posted at: 5:42am EDT

Festival Programme The full Festival programme for 2006 will be available online from Friday 23rd June. Booking opens for Picturehouse members on Monday 26th June, and to non-members on Thursday 29th June.
We'll publish our first full podcast here over the weekend, and during the festival we'll publish every day with reviews, previews, features and interviews with some of the directors whose work will be featured this year.
Category:festival news -- posted at: 6:41am EDT

A load of cock and bull The Festival is hosting a magical pre-launch event on Tuesday 4th July.

Watch A COCK AND BULL STORY with its stars on the Festival’s giant inflatable screen in the picturesque grounds of The National Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, near Cromer.

Tickets £10, available from the Arts Picturehouse, 08707 55 12 42
Category:festival news -- posted at: 5:20am EDT