Keswick Film Club Programme

19th KESWICK FILM FESTIVAL Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th February Films start at 5.00pm at the Alhambra, Keswick


Sunday 4th March Loveless (15) - Russia

Has their son run away, or been kidnapped? Sunday 11th March

My Pure Land (15) F - Pakistan Is this the first feminist, Pakistani Western..?

Sunday 18th March Strangled (18) - Hungary ‘There are no serial killers in this country’. Yeah right...

Sunday 25th March Boy (15) - New Zealand

Life can be fun, even when it isn’t.

Ticket prices: £4.00 members, £6.00 non members, £3.00 students, under 16s and benefit claimants

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As the Cockermouth Post goes to press, the Keswick Film Festival will be in full swing, with Bruce Parry (pictured) among the guests, introducing his first feature film, Tawai – A Voice from the Forest, on Saturday 24th February.

After the Festival, the Film Club season draws to a conclusion with Loveless, a powerful Russian film from the Director of Leviathan. As his parents argue yet again, their young son goes missing – did he run away? Has he been kidnapped? Loveless was a winner at Cannes and won Best Film at the London Film Festival.

My Pure Land has been likened to a feminist version of Howard Hawk’s Rio Bravo. Nazo’s uncle launches a violent challenge to her ownership of the family farm and along with her mother and sister the women decide to fight for what is theirs. Critic MaryAnn Johanson described it as: “Tense, gripping, rife with tragedy but ultimately cheer worthy…. with a heroine I won’t soon forget.”

The season finishes with Strangled, exposing flaws in communist Hungary’s justice system. Political ideology puts pressure on the officers investigating a possible serial killer. It is followed by Boy, from New Zealand, which



For one night only, after 25 years, award-winning Workington Amateur Operatic Society (WAOS) will host a celebration of Savoy Opera with a concert features pieces from the musically brilliant and emotionally engaging ‘Yeoman of the Guard’ and ‘The Mikado’ at the Rosehill Theatre in April.

The telling of these Gilbert and Sullivan classics sees a collaboration with a cast of thirty, including soloists, members young and old along with an intake of community singers. Rehearsals are now well underway, and the cast are discovering the joy, wit and unforgettable music from the historic partnership. WAOS will be providing everything you would expect from a Gilbert and Sullivan performance – uncomplicated fun!

Musical direction is provided by locally-respected Stephen Hunter-Brown, together with Scott Miller on piano with the Etoile String Quartet. An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan featuring songs from Yeoman of the Guard and The Mikado, will be presented at the Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven on Saturday 10th March. Tickets are £12.00 and you can book online at Alternatively, you can call the Box Office on 01946 692422.


For anyone who has a stammer, speaking to strangers – either face-to-face or on the telephone is a daily challenge. The voice itself functions perfectly well but although the speaker knows exactly what they want to say, the words simply refuse to come out. It can be particular sounds that cause the most trouble, but it can also be so severe, that the speaker is unable to even say their own name. The root cause is psychological rather than physical and is not helped by the real fear that any listener will get impatient or react badly to them. This fear becomes a self- fulfilling prophesy and makes the problem worse – becoming so stressful that some people go to great lengths to avoid speaking to strangers at all wherever possible.

Singing techniques can be very helpful in overcoming speech problems. The process is complex but in simple terms, different areas of the brain come into play when processing music to that of speech. Chanting or singing words can be gradually transferred to speech – helping to break the habit of stuttering. Also, taking conscious control of breathing, which is necessary for singing, helps the person to begin the process of taking more control of their own voice. I have worked with students with speech problems and have seen for

myself that, as their speech gets more fluent, confidence grows, and this leads to even more significant improvement.

Some of you may have seen the television coverage about the McGuire Programme. This is a privately-run residential course led by former stammerers, who themselves have been through the programme. Although it clearly achieves some success for students, I have some concerns about the breathing techniques they advocate which are meant to be based on those used in singing. They are not methods I would endorse, and I would advise anyone with speech problems to seek professional advice from a speech therapist or a singing teacher with experience in this field. Improving a stammer can be life-changing and qualified help is available locally if you need it.

Susan Coombs

Member of the British Voice Association & Association of Teachers of Singing

follows a young lad growing up in poverty in Maori country but whose imagination is boundless. Jennie Kermode said: “If you want to be reminded how much fun it is to let your imagination loose, this is a film that you shouldn’t miss.”

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