Manchester Film Festival Is Back March 2nd
The Manchester Film Festival gears up for its third edition by announcing the opening and closing night films of the 2017 official Selection. The World premiere of ALFIE BOE – ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM will open MANIFF2017 on March 2nd at an Evening Gala Event presented by the Radisson Edwardian at ODEON MANCHESTER. Programming director Al Bailey said “With Alfie’s roots being in the North West of England, It’s a great fit for our opening night film. Having the world premiere in Manchester is fantastic!”
The headlining film will be supported at the Gala Event with more North West flavoured short films that include Luke Losey’s ONE LAST DANCE starring legendary North Wales born actor Jonathan Pryce, TAUBMAN directed by Manchester based filmmaker Ben Price, starring Jack P Shepherd and Paul Hendy’s poetic comedy THE LAST LAUGH featuring a depiction of late local comedian Eric Morecambe.
The closing night gala, which includes the festival’s annual awards ceremony and its quirky Worker Bee awards, takes a similar vein with Wayne Roberts’ feature film KATIE SAYS GOODBYE, the TIFF hit stars Oldham born actress Olivia Cooke, whose rising star knows no boundaries, with her upcoming Stephen Spielberg blockbuster READY PLAYER ONE set to catapult her into the A list Hollywood stratosphere.
Alfie Boe – On the Wheels of a Dream - Canada - USA - UK
DIRECTED BY LISA EDWARDS
Staring Alfie Boe
Runtime - 56 minutes
As Alfie Boe has said in the past, "there are only two kinds of music - good music and bad music. I only want to sing the good stuff."
In this documentary, "Alfie Boe: On the Wheels of a Dream," the filmmakers travelled with Alfie and his band during one of his last US tours. Part biography, part concert film, part character study, this is an intimate look into what drives Alfie as an artist and as a person, and his passion connecting with his audiences around the world through his love of music. Alfie Boe is a staggering musical talent; and in this film, he showcases his tremendous musical range as he sings and traverses the musical genres from opera to musical theatre to contemporary rock. It also shows the struggle, the disappointment and the stress, which exists even for an artist and performer of his calibre.
The Last Laugh – UK
DIRECTED BY PAUL HENDY
Staring - Bob Golding, Damian Williams, Simon Cartwright.
Runtime - 19 minutes
'The Laugh Laugh' sees three iconic, British comedians, Tommy Cooper, Eric Morecambe and Bob Monkhouse sitting in a dressing room discussing the secret of comedy.
We see the lightening wit and quick-fire quips which made these comedians great. But as the film scratches a little deeper, we catch a glimpse of their insecurities: the niggling doubt of whether a joke is funny enough and how the fear of ‘dying’ drives them on a never-ending quest for that next big laugh.
Warm, funny, affectionate and moving, ‘The Last Laugh’ explores what it means to be funny and what happens when the laughter stops…
Taubman – UK
DIRECTED BY BEN PRICE
Staring - Ian Puleston-Davies (Coronation Street, Revolver), Jack P Shepherd (Coronation Street).
Runtime - 17 minutes
A man's movements are restricted due to his religious background.
One Last Dance – UK
DIRECTED BY LUKE LOSEY
Staring - Johnathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wolf Hall), Max Sail, Sara Kestelman, Shane Attwool (Legend, Kindon of Heaven), Sara Jones.
Runtime - 14 minutes
TIME MOVES IN ONE DIRECTION, MEMORY IN ANOTHER
Set in the faded grandeur of Herne Bay on the Kent coast, ONE LAST DANCE tells the story of three generations of men, lost love and the intimacy of a dance.
Katie Says Goodbye - Canada
DIRECTED BY WAYNE ROBERTS
Staring Olivia Cooke, Mireille Enos, Mary Steenburgen, Jim Belushi, Christopher Abbott
Runtime - 88 minutes
Katie Says Goodbye is the story of an optimistic and kind-hearted young woman named Katie.