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Focus is on Cornwall's thriving film industry

October 24, 2013


A new offering from Pop Up Penzance will give lovers of film the chance to see what's happening on the Cornish movie scene.

In partnership with Penwith College, the three-day Mini-Festival of Cornish Film at the Stead and Simpson shop on Market Place starts next Thursday, October 31.

Viewers will be able to immerse themselves in a world of Cornish film, including highlights of the 2012 Cornish Film Festival. Alternatively, why not try Hollywood-style green screen filming?

"Fancy swimming with sharks, or joining the Tour de France?" asks David Beaumont-Atkinson, of Penwith College's creative media production team who are offering filming workshops and who will show participants how to put their film exploits online to share with family and friends.

There will also be an opportunity to try out the latest computer games being created by students on the computer and video games development course.

And as a special extra to the Pop Up Film Festival, Tremenheere Sculpture Garden cafe will screen The Wrecking Season, a film by Jane and Nick Darke, next Thursday as part of a double bill with Footprints by David Pearce starting off the evening.

Both directors will take part in the evening with a talk and Q & A session.

Tickets cost Pounds 16.50 and include dinner.

Booking is essential; call 01736 448089 or visit

"No one likes the empty shops on Market Jew Street, but they do offer an opportunity for Pop Up Penzance to share with everyone the delights of the thriving film industry that we have here in west Cornwall," said Maria McEwen, of Pop Up Penzance.

The mini-film festival is being funded by FEAST and Awards for All and has a massive input from Penwith College.

The Ritz, 3S Films, and Pz Computers, Dogbite Film Studios in Falmouth and the Cornwall Film Festival, which takes place in the Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay from November 8 to 10, are also making a major contribution to the festival.

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