King’s Lynn Festival free events announced

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Two more special events have been announced in conjunction with the forthcoming first-ever King’s Lynn Film Festival.

A day of free events for all the family is planned for Saturday, October 3, at South Lynn Community centre which will include a screening of the popular animated classic Ratatouille followed by a film-making workshop.

Over the weekend of October 3-4, at Greyfriars Art space in St James Street, there is a fringe event with the Cambridge Super 8 Group presenting a showreel of food-related films.

The South Lynn family day starts at 10.30am with Ratatouille, but with a twist in the tale – the screening will be in Lithuanian with English subtitles! 

It’s the story of an engaging rat called Remy who dreams of becoming a great chef against his family’s wishes.  And, of course, there’s the additional problem of being a rat in a profession that’s decidedly rodent-phobic!

Festival chairman Ian Barton said: “We are hoping to attract an audience from both the Lithuanian and English speaking communities around King’s Lynn.

“This film is so visual and funny, it doesn’t matter whether it’s dubbed or not, it will still be a really different and enjoyable event. 

“We’ve been working with King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS) and Freebridge Housing Association to reach out to new audiences and they have been really helpful. Look out for the bi-lingual fliers translated by KLARS staff!”

Booking isn’t necessary and the doors will open at 10am; children must be accompanied by an adult. 

After the screening, there’ll be a free stop-frame animation workshop from 12.30-5.30pm, facilitated by local film-maker Matthew Harrison. 

This will be a great opportunity for young people (eight-16 years old) to learn about film and get creative. 

Participants will be bringing food items to life, having a go at storyboarding, working with digital software, props, model scenery and voiceovers.

All digital resources will be supplied and no experience is necessary, all you need to do to join in is your imaginations run wild!   

Workshop places are limited so booking is essential.  Contact the festival organisers on

n At the Greyfriars Art Space venue, Cambridge Super 8 Group, which both makes and shows films from around the world, is bringing Super 8s quirky delights on both Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4, from 10am- 4pm.

As a fringe display to the Film Festival, they will support the Festival’s theme of “food” with a showreel of food-related films, an exhibition of the work of Berlin artist Dagie Brundert, who shoots and develops films in tea, coffee, wine and potato juice, and a display of lovingly-collected vintage equipment.

They will be on hand to explain the joys of serving a “fifty foot noodle” (the length of a three minute Super 8 cartridge) and to pass on their enthusiasm for the analogue artform that refuses to die.

They will also be able to advise you on the repair and preservation of your own Super 8 films and have a look at any vintage equipment you’d like to bring in.

This promises to be a really unusual and interesting free event, come along and feast your eyes!

In the 1960s and 1970s, the home-movie projector was a staple of many a household, and a thriving culture of movie-making and showing was supported by millions of enthusiasts across the world.

Despite being beaten down by the march of the video recorder, Super 8 film remains in production, and this year celebrates its 50th birthday.

An underground culture of artists, animators and would-be movie moguls have rescued the dusty cameras from numerous lofts and charity shops, to express their obsessions and ideas in a medium with all the homely warmth of a hand-knitted jumper or a home-baked cake.

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