"A Film I Love..."
As part of CFF at Home, “A Film I Love…” returns with a season of exciting online film events where special guests introduce a film they love and explain why it means so much to them.
As "A Film I Love..." moves online, some of the UK's top film journalists and critics will present their selected films to a UK wide audience.
Hear what they have to say prior to the screening of the film and get ready to discover mind-expanding cinema or re-watch a classic with a new perspective, and on a Pay What You Can Afford basis!
5-7 March - BOOK NOW
Beth Webb is a film & TV journalist, broadcaster and host. She is a Contributing Editor for EMPIRE Magazine, and co-runs the Bechdel Test Fest, an award-winning celebration of women in film.
For her "A Film I Love..." Beth has chosen seminal Talking Heads concert documentary Stop Making Sense. In conversation with Cambridge Film Festival, Beth talks about why she loves both Talking Heads and Stop Making Sense so much.
Stop Making Sense is director Jonathan Demme's remarkable concert film that captures the enormous energy and joyous highs of the Talking Heads live performance. Band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison are joined by Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt in this groundbreaking concert film that's packed with the Talking Heads most memorable songs.
19-21 March - BOOK NOW
Helen O'Hara is a British film journalist writing for Empire Magazine, amongst others. She has chosen the hilarious, heartwarming and immensely entertaining Hunt for the Wilderpeople as her "A Film I Love..."
Directed by Taika Waititi, Hunt for the Wilderpeople tells the story of defiant city kid Ricky who having been raised on a diet of hip-hop and foster care gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.
2-4 April - BOOK NOW
Cambridge Film Festival's Jenny Nelson speaks with FilmBath’s executive director and founder of F-Rating Holly Tarquini about her "A Film I Love..."
Holly has chosen Speed Sisters from director Amber Fares.
The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.
Previous "A Film I Love..." Conversations
Film critic and contributing editor at Empire Magazine, Amon Warmann, talks to Jenny Nelson about a film he loves.
His chosen film is Whiplash, the Oscar-winning debut feature from Damien Chazelle. He has seen the film numerous times and it never fails to blow him away. His love of the Whiplash and particularly the ending (no spoilers here!!) shines through in this fascinating and enthusiastic conversation.
(Amon Warmann is a Contributing Editor and monthly columnist at Empire Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter.)
Observer film critic and culture writer Simran Hans has chosen the poetic and mesmerizing documentary Time by Garrett Bradley. Winner of the top documentary prize at Sundance last year, Time is a deeply personal portrait of a woman’s resilience and an intimate portrait of mass incarceration in America. Simran describes how Bradley’s masterful integration of video diary material gives the film such an unforgettable emotional power, and how the film’s rich textures give such depth and poetry to the storytelling.
Cambridge Film Festival's Jenny Nelson speaks with Film critic and host of the Girls on Film podcast Anna Smith about her "A Film I Love..." Booksmart, and in a fascinating conversation Anna explains why it is so much more than a teen coming-of-age comedy. As well as being hilarious, it is clever and authentic, with real heart.
Mark Kermode selected a film that he confesses he does not understand at all, Andrew Kötting’s compelling The Whalebone Box. The film tells the story of three men who undertake a journey to return a box made of whalebone to the place where the whale was beached.
The UK's best-loved film critic and broadcaster presents his weekly journey around movie music on Scala Radio
Simon Mayo it turns out, really loves the three-hour epic Amadeus, which coincidentally had its UK premiere at Cambridge Film Festival back in 1984. This masterpiece of filmmaking, which tells the story of the consuming rivalry between Mozart and Salieri, is engaging, beautifully performed and staged, and packed with emotional power.
Join Simon Mayo for his mid-morning classical music & entertainment show on Scala Radio
"A Film I Love..." Season 1 (2019)
Monday September 30th Radio Times Film Editor Andrew Collins chose Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 classic THE CONVERSATION.
Monday July 29th Presenter Angellica Bell chose James Cameron's 1984 cult masterpiece THE TERMINATOR.
Monday May 27th Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau chose the classic British comedy WITHNAIL AND I.
Monday April 29th Mathematician Bobby Seagull chose the Cambridge based period drama THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY.
Monday March 25th Poet Holly McNish chose Gurinda Chadha's powerful British road movie BHAJI ON THE BEACH.
How to book
- Every fortnight, new special introductions and films will be available to book via this page. To pre-book or book your tickets, please click on the links above.
- Booking links on this site will take you through to our special viewing platform (run by Eventive) where you can pay for and view films. You will need to create an account on Eventive when you book the films.
- As a charity with the aim of bringing great films to as many people as possible we are offering these screenings on a Pay What You Can Afford basis. We hope that by removing the barrier of cost more people will be able to see these great films and hear why our special guests love them so much.
- All tickets will be available on a sliding scale and you can choose what you pay based on your circumstances - you won’t be asked for any proof / ID. (Full information below).
How to watch a film / introduction
- It’s very simple! You will be able to watch the introduction and film by accessing our viewing platform here. Your booking email will also include a “watch now” button which will take you directly to it.
- Films will be available to watch on our viewing platform for two days, from 6pm on Friday to midnight on Sunday.
- You will be able start watching your booked films at any time during their availability window. Once you start, you will have 48 hours to complete your viewing.
- Each film screening will be preceded by a special introduction. The introduction will automatically play before the film.
- Films are available to watch anywhere in the UK, so please do tell your friends and family about it!
- If you still have questions about “A Film I Love…” online, have a look at our FAQs below.