Lincoln Film Festival to bring home the stars

The Lincoln Film Society will mark its 60th anniversary with a month-long film festival throughout several venues in the city.

Events between May 31 to June 30 include 15 film screenings at Bishop Grosseteste University, four film lectures at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) and a special outdoor film screening in the city centre,

The festival was officially announced at Lincoln Drill Hall on Monday, where Hollywood actor and Lincoln celebrity Colin McFarlane joined the festival organisers and sponsors.

Colin McFarlane is known for playing Commissioner Loeb in the Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Hollywood hits. He is also the voice of ITV’s The Cube.

Colin McFarlane with Lincolnshire Co-operative Membership and Community Assistant Manager Richard Whittaker (left) and Lincoln Film Society Chairman Richard Hall (right). Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Colin McFarlane with Lincolnshire Co-operative Membership and Community Assistant Manager Richard Whittaker (left) and Lincoln Film Society Chairman Richard Hall (right). Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln-born actor Jim Broadbent will also revisit the city he grew up to in June for the Lincoln Film Festival 2013.

The Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning actor will host an exclusive “Evening with Jim Broadbent” at Bishop Grosseteste’s The Venue on June 1.

Lincoln Film Society Chairman Richard Hall said: “As 2013 is Lincoln Film Society’s 60th anniversary year, we wanted to bring together as many people as possible to celebrate.

“A film festival seems the perfect idea, and we are delighted that Jim Broadbent is joining us to launch our programme of events.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Bev Bamber, Head of Conferencing and Events at BGU, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help Lincoln Film Society to celebrate its 60th birthday.

“The society has screened films on our campus since 1987 and last year we invested more than £75,000 to turn The Venue into a state-of-the-art digital cinema.”

The festival is supported by the Lincolnshire Co-operative, Bishop Grosseteste University, the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Drill Hall, Blueprint Film, Lincoln College and Lincoln BIG.

For information on the Lincoln Film Festival, visit the Lincoln Film Society website.