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James Bond theme for Dartmoor film festival

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

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A Westcountry film festival will celebrate all things Bond later this month when it hosts three star film-makers, including one Oscar winner.

Building on the success of last year's event, Chagford Film Festival has organised an extravaganza of a week-long event including a James Bond theme to celebrate 50 years of the iconic spy.

The festival on Dartmoor will welcome sound editor Norman Wanstall, who won an Academy Award for his work on the soundtrack of blockbuster Bond film Goldfinger.

Joining him will be Paul Inglis, Art Director of the latest upcoming Bond film, Skyfall, and many other box office hits including Quantum of Solace, Prometheus and Game of Thrones. Mr Inglis will be running workshops on film-making with Mr Wanstall and British director and writer Johannes Roberts.

Ron Saunders, who worked on the Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Stephen Saunders, who worked on Live and Let Die will also join the Bond workshop planned for the event.

Throughout the week, films will be shown at venues around the town, workshops will be held and local people asked to submit their own films for screening in the mobile cinema.

Highlights of the week include an outdoor projection on the Church and surrounding buildings of excerpts from The Ballad of Mary Whyddon, a film created by the Chagford Filmmaking group.

Director Elizabeth-Jane Baldry said: "It's a unique performance, a one-off, people are completely captivated by the story of Mary Whyddon."

Finale night will see a spectacular performance as six Bonds abseil down the Church before a screening of Goldfinger at The Globe, followed by a question and answer session with filmmakers.

The festival will run for a week from September 24 to September 29.

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