Trains to be celebrated at Wells film festival

Brief Encounter; (Left-Right) Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson; © Carlton International

Brief Encounter; (Left-Right) Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson; © Carlton International - Credit: Archant

The 'friendliest film festival in the east' will be at Wells this weekend celebrating the role of trains in film from 1896 to the 21st century.

Showing classics like Some Like It Hot and Brief Encounter there will also be something for younger viewers in Wallace and Gromit - The Wrong Trousers, all showing at the Granary Theatre courtesy of Screen-next-the-Sea.

The fun starts on Friday at 8pm with three films, L'Arrivee d'un Train (a Lumiere brothers' clip of a train arriving at a station from 1896 which reputedly terrified the audience who thought they would be run over), 1936 black and white documentary Night Mail and The French Connection with an exhilirating chase under the elevated railway.

On Saturday there is a free showing of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at 10am as well as two hands-on fun workshops for young people aged six to 16 in Wallace and Gromit style stop motion animation at 10am and 12.15pm followed by a free showing of The Wrong Trousers at 12.30pm.

At 2.30pm is the acclaimed animation Belleville Rendez-Vous and the at 7pm Hitchcock's North by Northwest, a story of mistaken identity that leads to an epic chase across America, and cult movie Trainspotting at 10pm in the new late night slot.

On Sunday you can see classic romance Brief Encounter at 11am and then at 2.30pm there will be a unique presentation by Kevin Brownlow - the only person to be awarded an honorary Oscar for film preservation - on trains in silent films, including The Signal Tower on 16mm projection accompanied by the celebrated pianist from the London Film Museum, Cyrus Gabrysch

Marilyn Monroe fans can then watch the comedy Some Like It Hot, starring Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis disguised as female musicians, at 6pm.

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There will be a Fair Trade café open throughout the festival as well as a reception at the beginning for all ticket holders, and a 'wrap' party at the end to celebrate.

For information and tickets visit or, or visit the Tourist Information Centre in Wells or call 01328 710885 and 7900 3316606.