CIFF to Honour Stephen Frears for His Contribution to British Cinema

Cheltenham International Film Festival 15 – 24 September

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Director, Sir Stephen Frears, celebrating his film The Queen with Dame Helen Mirren

Don’t miss Sir Stephen Frears, our greatest living director, in conversation with Matthew Sweet at Parabola Arts Centre on 23 September.  And, you may also be the first people in the country to have a look at the new BBC drama series, Boiling Point, coming your way this Autumn.


Sir Stephen Frears – A Director’s Tribute

Cheltenham International Film Festival is delighted to welcome in tribute Britain’s greatest living director, Sir Stephen Frears, on the evening of 23 September at Parabola Arts Centre.  Sir Stephen will be in conversation about his long and distinguished career with broadcaster/journalist/author,Matthew Sweet.  We will have an opportunity to view some great moment from Stephen Frears films which include My Beautiful Laundrette, Dangerous Liaisons, Dirty Pretty Things, Philomena, The Queen and many more.  The evening will conclude with a new CIFF award, presented to Sir Stephen, for his contribution to great cinema, to go alongside his many awards and nominations for Oscars, BAFTAS, Emmy Awards, and numerous acknowledgements from Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals.

Boiling Point – premiere of the new BBC television drama (Parabola Arts Centre)

New BBC Drama Series due this Autumn: Boiling Point

starring Stephen Graham (above) and Ray Panthaki.

Cheltenham International Film Festival launches a new television strand in 2023. First up is a sneak preview of episode one  of the new BBC Television Drama Series, Boiling Point, coming to your home screen this Autumn.  Boiling Point, the series, is a sequel to the film Boiling Point (2021) starring Stephen Graham, which itself was an expansion of a 2019 short film. The series picks up six months after the film ends with Carly (Vinette Robinson) running her own kitchen with Andy’s (Stephen Graham’s) staff. On hand to introduce and talk about BP’s journey from short to feature to television series are its creators, Bart Ruspoli and Hester Ruoff, and cast members Ray Panthaki, Stephen Odubola and Shaun Fagan. Join us on 22 September at Parabola Arts Centre.

Other CIFF Highlights 2023

Timothy Spall (above left)  in new film Bolan’s Shoes

Penelope Cruz stars in On The Fringe


Ken Loach – UK premiere of his final film

Ken Loach, has announced his retirement with his last film, The Old Oak, a tale about traditional communities and the changing profile of those communities in Britain.  We screen the UK premiere on 18 September in the presence of the director, Ken Loach.

Ken Loach directing his farewell film, The Old Oak.

Director, Ken Loach, with one of two Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or has won.


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