Notes on Blindness

Dir. Peter Middleton & James Spinney, UK, 2016

A sensitive, thought-provoking and creative BAFTA-nominated documentary that charts writer and theologian John M. Hall's loss of sight. It is both moving and inspirational as Hall's grasps the specifics of his disability.

Rivers and Tides

Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, Finland, UK, 2011

Gorgeously shot and masterfully directed portrait of the international bohemian artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates beautiful sculptures for the outdoors from natural materials. Award-winning documentary only now available is immensely enjoyable.

50th Anniversary- The Valley of the Bees

Dir Frantisek Vlacil, Czechoslovakia, 1967

Mid-60s Czech new wave film production was incredibly impressive. One of its forgotten classics is this beautiful, visionary medieval tale manhood by country's greatest director of the boy who grows into. Powerful, engrossing it is no surprise that Stanley Kubrick considered it to be one of the best films of the 1960s.

The Man Between

Dir Carol Reed, UK, 1953

Carol Reed's excellent, newly restored Cold War thriller set in the wreckage of post-war Berlin and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom and Hildegard Knef is very much in the mould of The Third Man.

Hackshaw Ridge

Dir. Mel Gibson, Australia, 2016

Electrifying true story of the ostracised US pacifist medic who won the Congressional Medal of Honour in WW2 for saving his fellow soldiers in a brutal and savage battle that makes for old-fashioned riveting cinema.

Life Animated

Dir. Roger Ross Williams, US, 2016 

Captivating and moving multi-award-winning coming-of-age documentary about a boy and family who overcame the challenge of autism by immersing themselves in the world of Disney animation to reconnect with the real world.

Long Way North

Dir. Reme Chaye, France, 2016 

Beautifully crafted animation family masterpiece to enrich a child's experience of film. Instead of marrying her Prince Charming, a young Russian aristocrat embarks on an epic quest in a film of female empowerment. 

Sing-A-Long Hairspray

Dir. Adam Skankman, US 2007

Get ready – get energised for pure movie entertainment. Baltimore 1962. Timeless camp with show-stopping tunes in a truly memorable musical starring Zach Effron, John Travolta (as a woman), Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Queen Latifah. Let’s see that hair!

 

 

Paterson

Jim Jarmusch, USA, 2016

A very special film. An award-winning sublime, lovely mellow comedy about a New Jersey bus-driving poet from America’s leading independent film-maker.

Sherpa

Jennifer Peedom, Australia, 2015

Gripping, absorbing and visually magnificent documentary of changing attitudes of Sherpas and climbers on the world’s highest mountain during the 2014 ice avalanche disaster.

Pages

Subscribe to Holmfirth Film Festival RSS