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Bedford Film Festival & some exciting news!

We've been quiet here for a while, but that's not because we've run out of things to talk about, or because Bedford has stopped being a tip-top place to be; we've just been busy. But we had to break radio silence to talk about the second annual Bedford Film Festival - which takes place this weekend at The Higgins! And in particular we wanted to draw your attention to the event tomorrow morning from 9.30 - a screening of Disney's Aladdin - with super-duper creative workshop afterwards hosted by the brilliant Circus of Illustration. Book your tickets online here - perfect Saturday morning entertainment for the kids!

It's Robin William's magnificent performance as the Genie of the lamp that makes the film a better than average Disney movie, but there is also a feisty Princess, suitably evil villain and a lovable monkey sidekick - what better way to remember the much-missed Williams than watching him triumph as the irreverent, all-singing, all-dancing Genie?


There are lots of great films for the grown-ups too: don't miss the chance to see the critically acclaimed performance by Emma Watson in Palo Alto  - a full three weeks ahead of general release! The closing feature on Sunday evening is a hotly-anticipated fictitious documentary 20,000 days on earth  -24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. It stars Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue and Warren Ellis. The screening is at 8.30pm - but come along to the drinks reception in the courtyard of The Higgins from 7pm to celebrate the final screening of the festival - mayor Dave Hodgson will be coming along to say a few words.

The Bedford Film Festival gang will be the first people to use brand shiny new permanent cinema facilities which have been installed by Bedford Borough Council and include a projector platform and window for anyone wanting to screen films at the venue.  This is really exciting for all film fans in Bedford: the Higgins is a great venue, and we look forward to many  more cinematic events there.

And our big news is that a NEW, IMPROVED AND VERY FANCY website is on the way - very soon. More blogs, more news, more brilliant illustrations of coffee cups. We'll be making a big old fuss about that in a couple of weeks on social media, so keep watching the Facebook page and Twitter feed. (Not constantly, obviously, We don't want to be responsible for any square eyes, missed social events or burnt-out batteries.)

Thanks to everyone who has ever read this blog, shared it, written a guest post or just laughed at one of our poorer jokes. See you over at the new online HQ very soon.

Best wishes and biscuits, the Kiosk at the Park team. xx

Bedford Film Festival - Supporting Film Variety

More exciting news on the 'interesting things to do at the weekend in Bedford' front! Did you know that Bedford now has its very own FILM FESTIVAL? And it is taking place from 27th-29th September - that's right - this weekend! This exciting proposition was dreamed up just a couple of months ago by a small group of friends who wanted a bit more variety in the range of films being shown in Bedford. Cineworld is great, and all, but national chain multiplexes don't always scream 'variety'. Film festival founding member Paul says: "The ethos behind Bedford Film Festival is variety. We didn’t want to focus on one genre or subject because variety is after all what makes Bedford great... Documentaries aboutHip Hop, Snow Boarding, Adam Ant’s battle with depression, and legendary recording studios, help give us a reality check with uplifting and inspiring true stories before we escape into feature films from Britain, Cuba and the US."

As well as the films themselves (full programme here) the team have also organised workshops and talks, including a visit from Martin Stellman, writer of Quadrophenia, talking about the classic film and its legacy. There are lots of opportunities for film students to learn skills such as lighting a set, or make up for films. These workshops will be run by industry experts and exclusive to Bedford Film Festival - an opportunity not to be missed!

Kiosk at the Park had a good nosey around the programme for the weekend, and we've decided that our must-see-three are:

Wayland's Song - a film shot in Bedford! This is exciting on many levels, but playing spot-the-location is going to be particulaly fun! There is also the fact that this is directed by one of the founding members of Bedford Film Festival, Richard Jobson.

For the kids: Turbo - the story of a speed-freak snail who likes to live life in the fast lane! This is being shown 3 weeks ahead of its general release - so you'll need to get in the fast lane yourself to see it - tickets are selling quickly! It's being shown at 1pm on Saturday 28th at The Higgins. Book tickets online here.


For the bigger kids, we love the look of Dead Cat, a film about childhood sweethearts reunited in their 30s and trying to figure out whether it is love, or merely nostalgia. Described as:

"Directed by Stefan Georgiou and starring Sebastian Armesto (both hotly tipped in Screen International’s Star of Tomorrow 2011), Dead Cat is a winsome, entertaining take on contemporary relationships, and a breezy shot in the arm for British comedy."

Dead Cat

But to be honest, they all look good. And this is a rare opportunity to see a wonderful variety of films in great local locations. Hurrah for Bedford Fim Festival!

If you'd like to get into the spirit by purchasing some popcorn, don't forget we sell Portlebay Popcorn in a variety of delicious flavours here at the Kiosk! Pop down and get some ready for the weekend...

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