Renowned British Film Director Unveils Film Feast Suffolk Line-Up

A seven-time Oscar nominated film director is set to unveil the full programme for a festival celebrating film and locally sourced food and drink.

The second Film Feast Suffolk festival will be held from October 4-7 featuring films, documentaries and short films from around the world, being screened in 16 venues across the county.

Film Feast patron Mike Leigh, who was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2015, will be coming to The Riverside in Woodbridge to launch the festival programme on Tuesday, July 30, with a screening of two of his films and a Q&A session.

Neil McGlone, Film Feast Festival director, said: “We are very excited to announce that our patron, Mike Leigh, will be launching our Film Feast Suffolk 2019 programme. He has had an incredible career in both film and theatre as a writer and director spanning more than five decades.

“Everybody has their own favourite Mike Leigh film, be it Abigail’s Party, Life is Sweet, Naked, Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake or Secrets and Lies, to name just a few. I am delighted that, in consultation with Mike, we have chosen my own personal favourite of Mike’s films, Nuts in May, from 1976. We will also be screening Mike’s short film, A Light Snack from 1982.”

To celebrate the launch, The Riverside has designed a special three-course meal inspired by the screening of Nuts in May. The film stars Alison Steadman (Pamela Shipman, Gavin and Stacey) as Candice-Marie and Roger Sloman (Les Coker, EastEnders) as her husband, Keith. It is a light-hearted comic tale of a possessive husband who takes his timorous wife on a camping holiday in Dorset, with often disastrous consequences.

This year’s festival, which is set to be bigger and better than ever, is being sponsored by the East of England Co-op.

Oli Watts, Head of Communications and Community from East of England Co-op, said: “We are delighted to be Headline Sponsors for Film Feast Suffolk and excited to see the festival expand across the county, with more than a dozen venues signing up to host an event.

“It’s very exciting for us to support such a unique festival for the second year running and a great opportunity to celebrate all the amazing local food and drink we have right on our doorstep.”

The launch night will be held at The Riverside on Tuesday, July 30 at 5.45pm, with the option of a three-course meal with Mike Leigh based around the camping theme of the film.

Limited tickets are available for the meal, which costs £38 per person, and includes a ticket to the film and Q&A session. Alternatively, tickets for the film and Q&A session will cost £7 each with the film starting at 7.45pm.

All tickets will go on sale at 10am on Friday 28 June and can be booked online at or via the Riverside box office on 01394 382174.

The full programme of events will shortly be available with information on how to buy tickets. For detail visit:

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