Under threatening clouds, the first Inspire Film Festival got under way at the Lichfield Garrick to great acclaim. The festival is showcasing film talent from some of Lichfield’s finest film makers and some from further afield.

Stars of the film arriving for the premiere. Pic: Nick Brickett

Inspire was launched on Friday 3rd by legendary film critic Barry Norman, who praised the skills of Lichfield’s film makers. He expressed his great hope for the future of the British film industry with so much great talent emerging.

The festival continued on Saturday with the premiere of Field of Corpses, a feature film made by South Staffordshire College students and shot entirely in Lichfield. It’s the first feature film to be produced by Foundation Degree students at the college. It’s the story of Lichfield’s past and an ancient bronze cross worn by St. Chad which covers a secret hidden by the church for centuries.

Despite the rain, cast, crew, local dignitaries and members of the public turned out on the red carpet for the première. Arriving in limousines, the stars donned bow ties and glamorous dresses. All looked fabulous as they made their way into the famous Garrick. Amongst these were Lichfield’s Mayor, Terry Thomas and popular comedian Jason Manford, husband to the film’s leading lady, Catherine Manford.

The film was introduced by head of media, Terry Foster. The film hit some technical glitches and afterwards Terry said how ashamed he was that it didn’t go as well as it should have, but Vice-Principal of South Staffordshire College, Mark Robertson said that the film was “absolutely fascinating” and the students “should be very proud of what [they’ve] achieved.”

The cast and crew of Field of Corpses outside the Garrick Theatre. Pic: Nick Brickett

A great deal of applause, including whoops and cheers was directed at the screen by the audience who clearly enjoyed the production that many of them had been so closely involved with.

Inspire continues over the weekend with the showing of the submissions on Sunday and an awards ceremony to celebrate those entries deemed the best by Inspire’s panel of expert judges, including Barry Norman.

In true Lichfield Blog fashion there’s lots of photos, too! Check them out on Flickr or watch the slideshow below.

8 replies on “Lichfield’s Inspire Film Festival pulls out the red carpet”

  1. Helooo i was one of the organisers of the festival and its been a fabulous weekend i just want to say a big thanks to Phil and Nick for coming down a writing a feature and for nick for taking some amazing photos. Thanks alot everyone its been a great weekend! xx

  2. Hey guys!!! Great Job, thanks so much for coming down. We owe you big time. Hopefully this will start the conection between our media department and you guys. The Lichfield media cafe your setting up seems really exciting!!! thanks guys!!! love forever xxxx

  3. It’s worth mentioning that the schools section was won by my son Robert who attends the Cathedral School. Also I believe that at 14 years old he was the youngest entrant in the whole festival and his work was the only animation submitted – And if you missed it you missed a treat!

  4. Thanks Eoin, Becca. Really enjoyed being there and it all seemed to run so smoothly, so kudos for a well-organised event. Definitely looking forward to next year’s festival.

    David- I did miss out on the schools award unfortunately. I’ll get Eoin to some details (like nominations) and if you’d like to send details of Robert’s work I’ll gladly write a piece on it. My e-mail address is phil@thelichfieldblog.co.uk.

  5. Hiya Guy’s I’m one of the proud organisers of the event. I would Like to congratulate all the applicant’s. I Believe the festival has truly lived upto it’s name, I hope this event will continue to inspire creative local students in the foreseeable future within the media industry and build closer working ethos between the community. I would also like to congratulate Nick and Phill for finishing of such an epic event with very glamorous photo’s and excellent write up. I would also like to applaud the animation video from Robert. Guy’s, thank you to you all.

  6. Hi Phil, I’m sorry that I didn’t give you all the info, I was running around like a mad thing, so I’m really sorry.

    If you want to put that * Robert Markland (14) is the winner of the schools category with his amazing animation ‘Keep on Running’, when we first watched that we were all gob smacked and could not believe the quality of the work from such a young student, many of us myself included knew that even we couldn’t produce an animation as good as that. And It was High in the running, and a lot of peoples favourite for the award ‘Best of Festival’ Award. We sincerly hope that we see robert and more of his work at future events, and hope that he can take this and progress into the industry because he is just that good. Many thanks and sorry again.
    Eoin Edwards at the Inspire Team

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