A feast of films awaits if you head to Herefordshire during the Borderlines Film Festival. On hearing the words “Film Festival”, I immediately think of Cannes and know that it is beyond my practical reach… but excitingly we have our very own film festival right here on Brinsop’s doorstep.
The festival takes place from Friday 1st March through to Sunday 17th March and at the time of writing we do still have some midweek availability in our holiday houses. This year’s festival is the 11th and there are special events being held at 39 venues spread throughout Herefordshire and Shropshire! The nearest venue to Brinsop Court Estate is Burghill’s village hall, namely The Simpson Hall. There are two films being shown here during the period. The first on Friday, 1st March is Anna Karenina (12A). Jenny McCartney from the Sunday Telegraph commented that this film is “…. full of dash and glitter…. Wright’s film is a joy on many levels.” It sounds absolutely fabulous and we will most likely head to the Simpson Hall to watch it. The cast includes Keira Knightley and Jude Law and the film starts at 7.30pm and sometimes at the Simpson Hall they have ice-creams in the interval!
The second film showing at The Simpson Hall is called Moonrise Kingdom (12A). After reading the reviews I want to see this one too. With a cast including Bruce Willis and Bill Murray and the film directed by Wes Anderson I know I am in for a treat. Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian wrote “eccentric but heartfelt – a soufflé of strangeness that rises superbly” and Time Out’s Dave Calhoun commented “…. a very easy film to love”. Can’t wait! Of course lots of the other venues are in very easy reach of Brinsop and the film schedule is an exciting one including five major titles showing at Borderlines as special previews before they go on general release. And, if you don’t want to head out on a cold March night, you can always snuggle up in front of the fire and watch the films available in the sitting rooms at Dansey, Tirrells, Bailey and Ivy Cottage.
Oh and if it is Bailey House you are staying in there is a cinema screen in the games room – just bring your own popcorn! To keep up with the news of the Borderlines Film Festival, head over to the film festival’s blog and to book films through the box office or to go onto the mailing list for the catalogue then check out the Borderlines website.