Organisers of the annual film festival in Chagford have described this year’s festival as the most successful to date. The event features a number of film screenings in venues across the town, showcasing some the best new releases in cinema.
The guest list featured Chris Dickens who has worked as an editor on films such as Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, Hot Fuzz and the film adaptation of Les Misérables. His latest film was Suite FranÇaise which was screened as part of the event and was met with rave reviews.
“Every year, since the festival started, we’ve had an Oscar winner here” said Mary French, one of the event organisers and landlady of the host location The Globe Hotel. “The festival was the biggest yet, compared to other years it was a lot busier.”
Other star guests included Jennifer Saunders and daughter Beattie Edmondson who were on hand to showcase their new film Patrick, a comedy about a girl who learns to love a mischievous Pug. Many attractions entertained the town during the week including a painstakingly rebuilt World War 1 biplane, a Bristol Scout, which featured as part of the celebration of the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force.
On the final night the town was treated to a circus performance in the square in preparation of the screening of “The Greatest Showman” featuring Hugh Jackman.
“The whole aim of the festival is to draw people from outside the town, we want to put Chagford on the map” said Mary. The festival is held annually on the last week of September.