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Unusual venues at Winchester Film Festival
FILM fans in Hampshire are gearing up for the Winchester Film Festival next month.
Established in 2009, the festival screens classic and modern greats in atmospheric and often unusual locations.
This year is no different, as courtroom classic Witness for the Prosecution is screened in the Great Hall and 1939 society romp The Women is shown in High Street clothes shop LK Bennett.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is fittingly hosted by Army Cadet Force HQ, while the Theatre Royal Winchester is showing Hitchcock’s mystery thriller Stage Fright, which stars Marlene Dietrich.
But perhaps it is the Chesil Tunnel that is the most apt location as a late-night venue for Carlo Ledesma’s horror The Tunnel, while it also hosts Carol Reed’s classic The Third Man.
Meanwhile, two films are shown in Eastleigh — Ron Howard blockbuster Backdraft at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Headquarters, and modern kidnap flick The Disappearance of Alice Creed in the barred-windowed room at the sorting office.
All proceeds from the festival will be donated to this year’s charity Winchester Youth Counselling, while 50 per cent of the takings at Backdraft will go to the Fire Fighters Charity.