Gala launch planned for Lynn’s first film festival

Nigel Lister (left) and David Cleveland pictured at last year's event
Nigel Lister (left) and David Cleveland pictured at last year's event
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Yes! There’s yet another festival to add to King’s Lynn’s well-deserved reputation as the Festival Town, but this time the focus is on film.

Starting on Friday, October 2, Lynn’s first Film Festival will be taking place at various venues in the town and already local businesses and organisations have been very supportive of this new venture.

The event will continue over Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4.

King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club chairman Ian Barton said: “We hope our programme offers something for everyone. Our aim is to give the people of West Norfolk a chance to embrace film as an art form and to enjoy a wider range of cinematic offerings.”

The weekend starts with a gala launch at the town hall when David Cleveland and Nigel Lister will be performing their show Colour Comes to the Movies which re-creates what is was like to go to the cinema a 100 years ago when, surprisingly, many films were already in colour!

Last November, King’s Lynn Community Cinema Club brought Cleveland and Lister’s popular show 100 Years Ago at the Picturehouse to the town.

The event went down so well that the duo have been persuaded to return to Lynn Town Hall on Friday, October 2, with the equally enjoyable Colour Comes to the Movies.

The organiser, Sue Burge, said: “It’s a revelation to most people that many films were in colour right from the start.

“David and Nigel will be showing us a variety of short films dating from 1895-1912. They will include actualities, historical recreations, a travel film, a drama, an animation and a comedy to give us a feeling of what it was like to go to the cinema a hundred years ago.

“David will also be bringing one of his amazing hand-turned vintage projectors and there will be an entertaining commentary throughout.

“Nigel accompanies all the films on his keyboard; the films are on 35mm which, sadly, is very rare these days, so it should be a real treat! And the most exciting part of the show will be an absolutely unique Kinemacolor demonstration, so it’s a really special programme.”

The festival’s theme is Feast Your Eyes, so on the night there’ll be complimentary canapes as well as a pay bar and a raffle with fantastic prizes at this gala evening.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30 start and tickets at £8 can be booked by e-mailing

During the weekend the festival continues with four classics of world cinema at St George’s Guildhall (Arts Centre) which celebrate food and film – Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Lunchbox, Like Water for Chocolate and Babette’s Feast.

The Majestic Cinema will be hosting a screening of iconic Bratpack 80s film The Breakfast Club.

At South Lynn Community Centre there’ll be a free screening of Ratatouille plus a free film-making workshop for young people and pop-up events at Greyfriars Art Space throughout the weekend.

Details of all these events, including ticket prices, venues and how to book, can be found at