Camera, lights, action at Corby’s first Big Film Week

Corby's Big Film Week with Paul Balmer and Judy Caine
Corby's Big Film Week with Paul Balmer and Judy Caine

Corby’s very first Big Film Week has been hailed a huge success and preparations have already started for next year’s event.

The celebration of film organised by Bafta nominated Corby producer and director team Judy Caine and Paul Balmer saw 26 events taking place at venues across the town between October 10 and 17.

Corby's Big Film Week

Corby's Big Film Week

The brainchild of Corby-based HD Media CIC, Corby Big Film Week was supported by Made In Corby through funding from Arts Council England as part of its creative people and places programme.

Paul Balmer, who helped organise the event, said: “We had 26 events altogether and most of them were quite well attended.”

Personal appearances in Corby included the seven-time Oscar winning producer David Parfitt and Marilyn Monroe’s script supervisor Angela Allen MBE, giving film enthusiasts an opportunity to meet them and ask them questions face-to-face alongside showings of their films at Corby’s new Savoy cinema.

With The African Queen in a brand new digitally restored print, attendees heard firsthand what it was like to film on location in Africa with Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in 1951.

Angela Allen talked of her work with Marilyn Monroe on The Misfits, and as script supervisor for The Third man, The Dirty Dozen, Jesus Christ Superstar, serving directors John Huston, Sidney Lumet, John Frankenheimer and Franco Zeffirelli and actors Orson Welles, Ava Gardner, Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

David Parfitt, ex-chairman of Bafta, gave an interview alongside My Week with Marilyn.

He also enthused about Shakespeare In Love and Gangs of New York with many great stories and hints for young HD Media trainees.

Bafta-winning cameramen Robert Foster and two award-winning sound recordists gave interactive workshops and Aimee Garner, make-up artist on the new Bond film Spectre, offered expert hints.

Oscar-winning Polish film Ida at The Core was warmly received with Polish food and animated discussion after the show at the new Qube bistro.

A film music composing session with esteemed local composer Paul Mottram who works on Dr Who and a whole day devoted to Corby on Film included a chance to see Adrenaline, the triumphant Adrenaline Alley story.

Many lively film-related events took place at Corby library, swimming pool and the Rooftop Gallery, including a specially commissioned Ballad Of Corby Big Film Week by local performance poet Spike Pike.

The out of London premiere of Suffragette featuring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan closed the week, aptly featuring Corby’s town motto Deeds Not Words.