Ken Russell’s Tommy screening at Ealing Music & Film Festival

Following last year’s Quadrophenia screening, Who fans are again in for a treat with a screening of Ken Russell’s Tommy (1975).

The acclaimed Ealing Music & Film Festival (EMFF) is set for its return in 2020 with a packed to the rafters schedule of entertainment. Now in its eighth consecutive year, this celebration of Ealing’s cultural heritage has firmly established itself as the must visit event of the winter.

The festival will run from 12th – 16th February with an enriching and eclectic programme including classical concerts, opera, classic films, new short films, a play and workshops for budding musicians, future video stars and much more. There is something for everyone.

Working in partnership with the University of West London (UWL), where many of the events will take place, along with many seminal locations across the borough, the festival continues to support the wealth of creative talent on its doorstep.

This years’ film roster includes two cinematic classics on 14th February, in conjunction with Ealing Classic Cinema Club at Weston Hall, UWL, St Mary’s Road.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of the greatest romantic films, the 1945 gem Brief Encounter, David Lean’s heart-breaking tale of forbidden love, adapted for the screen by Noël Coward. Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard star as an English housewife and a married doctor who fall in love after meeting on a train platform. Robert Krasker’s atmospheric black and white cinematography and Rachmaninov’s captivating 2nd Piano Concerto remain powerfully affecting.

Following the success of last year’s Quadrophenia screening, lovers of ‘local band’ The Who, are again in for a treat with a screening of Ken Russell’s Tommy (1975). Pete Townshend’s songs tell the tale of a boy brainwashed by his mother into thinking he is deaf, blind and mute.  He discovers he can feel vibrations well enough to become a pinball wizard. Tommy represents the universal struggle of the young, disaffected and lost, a generation fighting for its own identity. There will also be the chance to experience the work of local directors with a careening and discussion of their short films on the last day of the festival.

Other events to look out for, with more information soon include:

Industry talk with Opera Holland Park’s Director of Opera, James Clutton
Love2Sing Choir
A Piano Recital by Elia Stavrou
Lunchtime Concert by LCM Classical Students
Affinity String Quartet with Mezzo-Soprano Lotte Betts-Dean

Patrick Chapman, Chair of the Festival Trust said: “We are delighted to be working more closely with The University of West London and in particular to welcome Professor Nicholas McKay, Director of London College of Music as a new Trustee and our Festival Director. We are now able to broaden the scope of the Festival and increase our impact in Ealing.”

Professor Nicholas McKay, Director of LCM and Artistic Director of the festival, said: “The University of West London, with its constituent London College of Music and London School of Film, Media and Design, is delighted to be working in this closer strategic partnership with the Ealing Music and Film Festival.  This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the breadth and depth of music and film talent here in Ealing, as we continue to help develop the next generation of talent through the Festival Trust’s and university’s charitable, outreach and widening participation activities in the local community.”

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News source: Debbie Murray at Aim Publicity.

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