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Norwich gets new film festival
Paul Bettany on the Andrew Marr Show
Festival goers will get the chance to see Paul Bettany's new film

Film lovers are being given the chance to experience independent cinema from around the world as the first Norwich Film Festival gets underway.

The organisers are hoping that the chance to see original, independent films will inspire a new generation of film makers.

As well as international films, the festival will showcase films made by local directors.

The festival runs from Friday, 18 until Saturday, 26 September, 2009.

Norwich Film Festival '09 is the event's inaugural year, but it is hoped that it will become an annual fixture.

The event has been organised by local film makers who wanted to give people an opportunity to view films that they wouldn't normally find in their local cinema.

Norwich is seen as a hotspot for UK talent and the Norwich Film Festival plans to highlight this on a local level.

Classic cinema

While the film selection focuses on largely unknown talent, there is a concession to big budgets and big names.

On Saturday, 19 September, the '80s classic Top Gun will be screened in a very special venue.

Maverick, Ice Man and Goose will be taking over Norwich Castle Gardens from 8pm.

The screening is free and the organisers hope that the chance to see the film in such an unusual location will "take your breath away".

People will also get a chance to watch Creation, the new film from Paul Bettany in which he plays the role of Charles Darwin, before it hits the cinemas.

The week long programme is not just about sitting back with your popcorn and soft drink though.

There will be educational workshops for people who want to learn about film making, as well as sessions with guest film makers for those who want to learn more about the movies themselves.


If you're sick of watching predictable rom-coms where the guy always ends up with the girl, or want a bit more narrative than the usual Hollywood CGI-fest provides, the Norwich Film Festival will also be showing nominations from the BAFTA Short Film and Short Animation Awards.

Designed to recognise innovative and experimental short films and animation, the BAFTA awards screenings will feature the chance to find out more about breaking into the world of celluloid.

The Norwich Film Festival runs from Friday, 18 until Saturday, 26 September, 2009 at various locations around Norwich.

For full listings and ticket information, visit the Norwich Film Festival website.

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