Saffron Screen hosting question and answer sessions to celebrate 10 year anniversary

Jane Gull and Steven Brandon

Jane Gull and Steven Brandon

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Beginning this weekend, Saffron Screen will host three question and answer sessions with professionals from the film and music industry to round-off events celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

Alan McGeeAlan McGee

On Sunday, November 6, My Feral Heart – a drama which tells the story of an independent young man with Down’s syndrome – will be screened at the town’s independent cinema on its opening weekend.

The film, which was shot in Rochford and Hockley, is the debut feature for director Jane Gull, who is well known for her work with Saffron Walden-based theatre company Hyperfusion.

Jane, writer Duncan Paveling, and actor Steven Brandon will answer questions following the screening.

Jane, 40, who is a former actress and dancer, said: “I really just fell in love with the script and after I read it, I thought this is something we have got to do.

Al Morrow, speaking at a previous Saffron Screen Q&AAl Morrow, speaking at a previous Saffron Screen Q&A

“I loved the story, I loved the characters, and what’s pleasing is the really positive response we’ve had to the film, particularly at the American screening, which surprised me. I thought it might be more suited to the European market but it was very well received in the US.

“The most challenging part of filming was undoubtedly the weather. As we were filming in November, one minute it was raining and the next we had a rainbow. It played havoc with continuity.

“It’s great that the first Essex screening will be at Saffron Screen. I love what they do there and I’m really looking forward to the Q&A afterwards.”

Former Oasis manager Alan McGee will visit Saffron Walden on Wednesday, November 9, to answer questions following the screening of Supersonic - which charts the rise to fame for the Britpop band.

The feature-length documentary includes interviews with key players in the band’s early years as well as archive footage up to the historic Knebworth gig.

Finally, award-winning producer Al Morrow will discuss her documentary – Sour Grapes – which tells the story of the world’s largest counterfeit wine fraud on Sunday, November 13.

The film focuses on Rudy Kurniawan, an Indonesian living in California, who flooded the vintage wine market with counterfeit bottles straight from his workshop.

Al, 43, who grew up in Saffron Walden, said: “As soon as I heard about it, I knew we had a great story on our hands. Here’s this young man taking the rare wine market by storm, but is bottling it in his basement. Over two days at auction, he sold around 25 million dollars worth of wine.

“It wasn’t always easy to get access to people, as there were a lot of people who obviously have a great deal of his counterfeit wine in his basement and did not want to be interviewed.

“However, we were able to get some great interviews with Laurent Ponsot and Bill Koch, who were both on Rudy’s trail.

“My previous films have been more about social issues and although those of course have their place, it was nice to do something that was pure entertainment, and I think that’s why Netflix picked it up.”

My Feral Heart: 8pm, Sunday November 6, Supersonic: 8pm, Wednesday, November 9, Sour Grapes: 8pm, Sunday, November 13.

Tickets are available from www.saffronscreen.com, the cinema’s box office or from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre.

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