The Brighton Rocks Film Festival returns with Ben Wheatley

An international film festival returns with a host of award-winning talent.

Brighton Rocks opens later this month, with the city’s most celebrated director, Ben Wheatley, already signed.

Ben rose to fame after his debut film Down Terrace (2009), which was shot almost entirely in a Brighton house in just eight days.

The indie film launched his career and he directed several box office hits including Kill List, Sightseers, High Rise and Rebecca.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to learn about Ben’s career as he is joined on stage by cinematographer Laurie Rose and actor/director Gareth Tunley.

The Argus: Netflix undated handout photo showing (left to right) director Ben Wheatley, the film crew, Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter and Lily James as Mrs de Winter in a new adaptation of Rebecca.Undated Netflix handout photo showing (left to right) director Ben Wheatley, the film crew, Armie Hammer as Maxim de Winter and Lily James as Mrs de Winter in a new adaptation of Rebecca.

Festival Director Dr. James Rowlins was “delighted” when Ben agreed to attend the festival.

He said: “Every filmmaker wants to replicate Ben’s success – and this is your chance to ask him about his impressive career and get advice on how to make and watch your films.”

Ben Wheatley will take the stage at the Rialto Theater in Dyke Road, Brighton on Saturday at 5pm.

Another big name joining the festival program is Lewes-based screenwriter William Nicolson, whose work includes the box office hits Gladiator (2000) and Les Misérables (2012).

With the support of the British Film Institute, this year’s event is Brighton Rocks’ biggest yet, with screenings and events at the Rialto Theater and Fabrica.

The Argus: Dr. James Rowlins dr James Rowlins

dr Rowlins added: “It’s fantastic to be getting big, official recognition, even though our heart is in indie cinema of the kitchen sink.

“Brighton Rocks wants to celebrate the city’s famed free spirit and show non-mainstream films.

“We are of course very interested in supporting local filmmakers and in fact more than half of the projects shown have a local connection.”

The festival, now in its fifth year, runs Friday through Sunday. Friday’s screenings at the Rialto are entirely ‘Made in Brighton’.

On Saturday, more than 12 hours of films of all genres will be shown, combining drama with comedy and experimental cinema.

The Argos:

These include Angeli Moderni – a “breathtaking projection” by local artist Mark Nelson.

The DIY Country documentary series explores the conflict in Ukraine, with unreleased footage of the leaders of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

Alan Cross’s For the Love of Noise is a glimpse into Brighton’s world of experimental music and Still Stoked is the story of an aging skateboarder.

Tickets and more screening information can be found at www.rocksfestivals.com/screenings

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