Arts & Culture

First Oxford International Film Festival

By John Charlton

Coming to the city from May 27 to 29 is the very first Oxford International Film Festival offering a weekend of world and UK premiere independent films at the Phoenix Picturehouse.

Opening the festival on Friday 27 May at 8pm is the film Two Down. Produced by Stephen Fry and Sir Derek Jacobi the film’s co-writer and lead actress Tori Hart was born and raised in Oxford, making the film a perfect fit to introduce the boutique festival to the people of Oxford.

Co-writer and director Matthew said “Tori was born in Oxford and it was also where Fizz and Ginger Films started. Our first short film, Egad Zombies, featuring Ian McKellen, was filmed there. We also met when she was producing theatre in the area, which led to us filming Miss In Her Teens in Wroxton, which in turn was a stepping-stone for us to create Two Down. Both of us are hugely excited to be screening the film in the place where it all began, coming home for Tori, and also honoured to have been picked to open the festival at the very special Phoenix Picture House”.

OxIFF is to be a sister festival to the highly successful Manchester International Film Festival, and Oxford’s co- director Neil Jeram Croft said “OxIFF has been designed to be an intimate and eloquent filmmaker festival where film enthusiasts can get first hand insights from directors, writers, actors and producers from the premiering films, a style which will blend well with the beautiful city of Oxford”.

Tickets and festival passes are available from Phoenix Picturehouse and full details of all the films can be found at https://www.picturehouses.com and www.oxiff.com