2017 Herne Hill Free Film Festival

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is back in 2017 to celebrate its 5th birthday, with its most ambitious programme of films yet! Between 28th April and 29th May the festival will be screening 30 free films across 20 venues, with local celebrities and the cast and crew from many of the films making an appearance for talks and Q&A.

The festival opens on Friday 28th April with Roald Dahl’s BFG at Rosendale School, with the BFG himself – actor Mark Rylance – coming to talk to the audience after the screening. The following four weeks will then see a wealth of local filmmaking talent on screen and attending the festival’s events, three of 2017’s biggest Oscar winners, masterpieces of silent cinema and award winning documentaries. There is also the return of the 48hr Film Competition, giving SE24’s youngest (and oldest) filmmakers the chance to shine and win the prestigious Clockie award! Events will be taking place at familiar outdoor venues including the Herne Hill Velodrome, Brockwell Park, Brockwell Lido and Station Square, in addition to new additions such as Zaha Hadid’s Sterling Prize winning Evelyn Grace Academy on Shakespeare Road. You will also be able to find the festival in three other local schools, three pubs, two local churches, two railways arches and one brewery!

Highlights of the festival include Easy Rider at Canopy Beer Company on 11th May, Moonlight at Brockwell Lido on Saturday 13th May, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Brockwell Park on 20th May, La La Land at the Herne Hill Velodrome on Friday 26th May and Arrival at the Evelyn Grace Academy on 27th May. There’s also a silent cinema showcase at Station Square on 28th May where local resident and renowned composer Neil Brand will be tinkling the ivories!

Indoors on 3rd May the festival is excited to be hosting its The Future is Female evening, with a programme of short-films (led by Four Mum's in a Boat) celebrating the bravery of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. On 25th May there's also the regular short-film night with a number of films shot locally or featuring local cast and crew (the programme is kept secret until each film is revealed on the night!). There will be also a range of documentaries including Demain (Tomorrow), Fire at Sea, Cameraperson, War of Words and Something Better to Come and elsewhere in SE24 there will be zombies and – according to Rolling Stone – also the film that predicted the rise of Donald Trump!

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors, Pedder Property, Southeastern, Veolia UK, The Lido Café, Flannery Media, Llewelyn’s and yesmum and the donations of audience members. Free makes the festival as inclusive as possible but donations make the events happen!

For more details visit www.freefilmfestivals.org/herne-hill/ or follow the festival on Facebook (Herne Hill Free Film Festival), Twitter (@HerneHillFilm) or Instagram (@hhfreefilmfest).