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Lauren’s Top Picks for St Albans Film Festival 2014

The St Albans International Film Festival from 1st – 4th May 2014 is a brilliant film festival in its 2nd year with a short film competition and loads of fun for everyone whether you are filmmaker or simply a fan of movies. Since the programme for the Film Festival is jam-packed these are my top picks for those of you who are looking for some incredible entertainment for your May Bank Holiday weekend… and maybe take in some new films while your at it! Our full schedule can be found here if your more of a pick and mix type, otherwise read on for our tips for an awesome May Bank Holiday. 

Our opening screening on Thursday 1st May from 6:45 to 10pm of Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ is an excellent place to start. Not only do you get to see an incredible classic film with there is also live music, the real Hedwig from Harry Potter will be making a flying visit through the Cathedral and the venue will be turned into an aviary for the night.. with a licensed bar and a stunning venue to boot, it’s pretty much the perfect evening and a brilliant way to start an exciting (long) weekend! 


The ‘Magic From the Movies’ event on Friday from 7 to 9pm is a must see for anyone who wants to be blown away by some incredible sleight of hand skills… be wowed by this highly skilled and charming magic circle magician, Wayne Fox.  You’ll even get to see how some of your favourite screen tricks were created! Will Dynamo’s secrets be revealed….. 


On Saturday from 7pm we have our screening of Jaws in Westminster Lodge’s pool. Yes, that’s right. IN THE POOL. It’s probably going to be equal parts amazing and terrifying. But definitely an unmissable experience!

There are two feature film Premiere’s being screened – both which will have cast and crew attending and most definitely some celebrities to spot! The Paddy Lincoln Gang, at the Pioneer Club on Saturday will be followed by a live gig from the band who appear as the lead roles in the movie & Seven Cases – starring Steven Berkoff, Saffron Sprackling (Republica) and Sam Fox will screen on Sunday. 


Speaking of Celebrities – don’t miss the star studded film Muse of Fire – with Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan, Baz Luhrman, Ewan McGregor and many more this is the last chance to see this film on the big screen as it makes its final festival outing as the closing film of our festival. 


and my best top tip for the festival is… want to come and enjoy the films for free? Then be a festival volunteer over the weekend and get a festival pass in return to get into some of these brilliant event. just email volunteers@stalbansfilmfestival.com 

This really was just a taster, there are around 50 events so take a look for yourself – http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com 

I hope your all as excited for the programme as I am! See you there. 

Lauren 🙂 Official Festival Blogger 2014