It would be a crime to miss this festival

Just Regional
Jan 27, 2023 2 mins read

It’s time to dust off those detective skills and help stave off the February blues as Holt’s third February Film Festival has a crime theme this year. Between Wednesday, February 15, and Sunday, February 19, The Venue will be hosting a Festival of Crime, in conjunction with The Holt Bookshop and supported by The John Hurt Film Trust. Authors and actors who have made a name for themselves in crime fiction will be giving talks, followed by a showing of a favourite crime film of their choice. The festival kicks off on February 15 with an evening with actor Roy Marsden, best known for his portrayal of PD James’s Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. He is going to talk about the author, his role as her lead character on TV, and Agatha Christie. His chosen film, 12 Angry Men (1957 – rated PG-13), will be shown on the Sunday. On Friday, February 17, after a free drink and nibbles, there will be a showing of The Oxford Murders (2008 – PG) starring John Hurt, with a video introduction by the film’s director, Álex de la Iglesia. Over the weekend there will be further interviews and films, including an interview with crime writer Jason Dalgliesh and a screening of his chosen film, Get Carter (1971 – 18+) starring Michael Caine. The weekend closes on Sunday evening after an interview with author David Blake and a showing of his chosen film, The Talented Mr Ripley (1999 – 18+) starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Jack Davenport. Other films lined up for the festival include The Sting (1973 – PG) starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman; Murder on the Orient Express (1974 – PG) starring Albert Finney; and The Wrong Trousers by Nick Park (1993 – U) starring Wallace and Gromit.

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