Hay Festival 2019 Programme

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Film

Event 27

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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We open the film programme at the brand new cinema in Hay with this sensational Bollywood picture directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Soha Ali Khan, who’ll be speaking in the Re-Imagine India event 114 on Sunday. A British documentary filmmaker travels to India to make a film on Indian freedom fighters based on diary entries by her grandfather, a former officer of the British Indian Army. Upon her arrival, she recruits a group of five young men to act in her film. While making the film, the students come to realize the courage of the revolutionaries who struggled before them. India, 2006. 157’.
 
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Event 30

Anne Cottringer with Christine Hope, Fay Thomas, Russell Carrington, Jono Rogers

Borderlines screening: Tune for the Blood (99 min)

Venue: Big Tent
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Following the work-in-progress screening at Hay 2010, the director introduces the finished documentary, following young Hereford farmers through the agricultural year -­ the muck, the work, the passion for the farm, and the visceral poetry of their daily lives.
UK, 2012, 99'
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Event 33

Veep – Screening and Q&A

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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Catch a sneak preview of this brand new HBO comedy series from acclaimed British writer and director Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, I’m Alan Partridge) exclusive to Sky Atlantic HD. Set in Washington D.C., VEEP stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Senator Selina Meyer, who becomes Vice President only to discover the job is nothing like she imagined and everything she was warned about.
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Event 39

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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Peter Lord’s film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 49

Khosla Ka Ghosla – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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A satire on the evils of the real estate business in India where an innocent family is held hostage and almost give in to corruption and the mafia. Thanks to timely interventions and a series of orchestrated comic situations, the family is back on track. Amongst the array of awards that the film picked up, Khosla Ka Ghosla was recognised as the best Hindi film for the prestigious National Film Award in 2006 and Kher picked up the Best Actor award at Goa International Film Festival. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Anupam Kher who is speaking tomorrow in event 114.
 
India, 2006. 135’.
 
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Event 53

Peter Lord

The Pirates!

Venue: Big Tent
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The director and stop-motion animation genius takes us behind the scenes on Aardman's swashbuckling blockbuster.
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Event 61

Firaaq – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The Hindi political thriller explores the devastating Gujarat riots of 2002 and their aftermath. It explores how peoples’ lives were affected and irrevocably changed a month after the carnage. Communalism and relationships form the core of this film which picked up several awards including the National Awards, the Filmfare Awards and the Asian Festival of First Film awards. Firaaq means both ‘separation’ and ‘quest’ in Arabic. Directed by Nandita Das who is speaking on Sunday in event 114. India, 2008, 101’.
 
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Event 65

Owen Sheers and Lucy Davies talk to Allison Pearson

The Gospel of Us

Venue: Big Tent
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The National Theatre of Wales epic Passion with Michael Sheen in Port Talbot last Easter was hailed as one of the great theatre productions of recent years. The writer and producer discuss the work, and preview clips of Dave McKean’s feature film version. See also 120 and 161 and 194 for screenings.
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Event 70

Adam Nicolson

The Gentry

Venue: Sky Arts Studio
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The writer introduces his sweeping, epic history of England told through the stories of 14 families down 700 years.
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Event 71

Geoff Dyer talks to Gaby Wood

Zona - A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

Venue: Starlight Stage
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A homage to Tarkovsky’s masterpiece Stalker, cut with clips; and a mesmerising account of a writer’s obsession with cinema.
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Event 76

Rang de Basanti – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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We open the film programme at the brand new cinema in Hay with this sensational Bollywood picture directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and starring Soha Ali Khan, who’ll be speaking in the Re-Imagine India event 114 on Sunday. A young woman from England comes to India to make a documentary about her grandfather's diary which was written in the 1920s about the Indian Independence with five young men. India, 2006. 157’.
 
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Event 80

Harry Belafonte

Sing Your Song – Screening

Venue: Big Tent
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The actor, singer and Civil Rights activist introduces a screening of Susanne Rostock’s documentary about his life. Followed by Q&A with Francine Stock. US 2011 (107')
 
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Event 96

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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Peter Lord’s film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 107

Khosla Ka Ghosla – Screening 2

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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A satire on the evils of the real estate business in India where an innocent family is held hostage and almost give in to corruption and the mafia. Thanks to timely interventions and a series of orchestrated comic situations, the family is back on track. Amongst the array of awards that the film picked up, Khosla Ka Ghosla was recognised as the best Hindi film for the prestigious National Film Award in 2006 and Kher picked up the Best Actor award at Goa International Film Festival. Directed by Dibakar Banerjee and starring Anupam Kher who is speaking today in event 114. India, 2006. 135’.
 
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Event 120

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012.
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Event 135

Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children, the Movie

Venue: Digital Stage
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The director of the forthcoming film of the modern Indian classic previews and discusses clips with the novelist. Chaired by Francine Stock.
 
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Event 140

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012, 118’. PG.
 
See also event 65.
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Event 151

The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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Peter Lord’s animated film based on Gideon Defoe’s book - Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) sets out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the Pirate of the year Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London.
 
U – rated. 2012. 88’.
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Event 161

The Gospel of Us – Screening

Venue: Bookshop Cinema
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The film version of the Passion play starring Michael Sheen and written by Owen Sheers that was performed throughout Port Talbot in Easter 2011. A town is in thrall to a sinister and ruthless corporation intent on plundering the town's natural resources. Two sides are at war and catastrophe appears inevitable until a softly spoken man mysteriously arrives. Revealed as The Teacher (Michael Sheen), he gathers followers around him and becomes a focus for the Resistance and is perceived by the powers as a danger who must be removed at all costs. Directed by Dave McKean. UK, 2012. 118’. PG.
 
See also event 65.
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Event 165

Abi Morgan talks to Francine Stock

Screenwriter

Venue: Big Tent
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An interview with the screenwriter of Shame, The Iron Lady, The Hour and Birdsong.
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