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THE BRIGHTON FILM PARTY SOCIETY PRESENTS...

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ANDERSON FESTIVAL

AUGUST 23RD, 24th. 25th 2019 - brighton, uk.

BOTTLE ROCKET - RUSHMORE - THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS - THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU - THE DARJEELING LIMITED - FANTASTIC MR FOX - MOONRISE KINGDOM - THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL - ISLE OF DOGS

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

Wes Fest is over for 2019 - follow us on social media for information on future events!

After running parties based on cult TV & films since 2014, including several Wes themed events, in 2018 The Brighton Film Party Society took the plunge and developed their ideas into a full blown D.I.Y. mini boutique festival for Wes Anderson fans in Brighton. In conjunction with White Wall Cinema we have hosed two festivals utilising five locations, that host film screenings, a Q&A session with the lead actor from one of Wes's films, a Moonrise Kingdom themed outdoor Camp Ivanhoe party with food, drink a quiz and crafts on site, a Bellfaonte Zissou boat party in a floating venue, our legendary fancy dress party with live bands, DJs  which takes place in an entirely Wes themed immersive setting and much more. Whether your favourite is Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr Fox, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel or Isle of Dogs. Lookout on our social media for upcoming announcments about future events so you too can get ready to mix with like minded Wes disciples at a festival by Wes fans for Wes fans. 

 

2019 SPECIAL GUEST

JARED GILMAN AKA 'SAM SHAKUSKY' FROM MOONRISE KINGDOM

Joining us in person for this year's festival will be none other than Jared Gilman the star of Wes Anderson's 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. Set in 1965 on Anderson's fictitious island of New Penzance, Jared played the movie's lead part, Sam Shakusky the 12 year old runaway orphan khaki scout who evades an all star ensemble cast which includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban and a young Lucas Hedges, in pursuit of his secret romance with the 12 year old Suzy Bishop, played by Kara Hayward.

 

Jared's role as Sam the runaway scout has become one of the key icons of Wes Anderson's filmography alongside the likes Steve Zissou, Richie & Margot Tennebaum and Zero the lobby boy of The Grand Budapest. Jared will be joining us at this year's festival for a live and in person on stage Q&A session following a special screening of Moonrise Kingdom, to discuss his experiences working on the film with Wes, and what it was like to be cast in such a high profile and beloved movie at such a young age.

+ JOINING JARED ON STAGE FOR THE POST FILM Q&A

AUTHOR OF LITTLE WHITE LIES

'CLOSE-UPS' BOOK, THE INDISPENSABLE ILLUSTRATED POCKET GUIDE TO WES ANDERSON - SOPHIE MONKS KAUFMAN

ASIDE from being THE AUTHOR OF LITTLE WHITE LIES RECENT BOOK ON Wes Anderson, Sophie has published at Sight & Sound, BFI, NME, The Guardian, New Statesman, and Time Out. She is a contributing editor at Little White Lies (which is easily our favourite magazine in the world), having been staff writer there from 2013-2016. She writes essay booklets for Arrow DVD releases, and talks about movies on Radio 4's The Film Programme as well as on Little White Lies podcast Truth & Movies. She will be joining Jared onstage to muse generally about the cinematic contributions of our beloved Mr. Anderson.

LAST YEAR'S FEST ON VIDEO

2019 FESTIVAL LINE UP

Friday night sees the biggest screening of the festival with a big screen showing of Wes Anderson's 2012 classic Moonrise Kingdom (starring Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and many others). The film will be preceded by a special introduction from White Wall Cinema plus there will be a very special post film live and in person on stage Q&A with the film's star Jared Gilman (picured in the centre here) who plays the film's central character the runaway orphan scout boy Sam Shakusky! Alongside Little White Lies jornalist and authour of a book on Anderson Sophie Monks Kaufman.

DATE: FRIDAY AUGUST 23RD 2019

 

On Saturday daytime the festival reaches it's peak when we take over a joint indoor / outdoor location to create an garden space themed as the Camp Ivanhoe scout camp from Moonrise Kingdom, with crafts, music, food and drink on site plus the option to participate in a special Wes Anderson quiz with the chance to win some very special prizes all capped off by a very special super secret mystery movie screening for the Saturday evening. This is a can't miss day at Wes Fest.

DATE: SATURDAY AUGUST 24TH 2019

 

 

Bank Holiday Sunday (no work on Monday!) sees the return of "A Wes Anderson Party". This year we have more elaborate Wes Anderson sets than ever before plus themed drinks, bands and DJs (playing all those Wes soundtrack gems) as well as the infamous fancy dress competition. Get decked out as your favourite character from Wes's filmography.

DATE: SUNDAY AUGUST 25TH 2019

 

2019 TICKET INFO

TWO DAY FESTIVAL TICKET

2 Event Ticket - Friday August 23rd & Bank Holiday Sunday August 25th (Bank Holiday Weekend, so no work on Monday!)

- Entry to Friday evening Wes Anderson film screening with intro by White Wall Cinema plus a post film on stage Q&A with very special guest Jared Gilman star of Moonrise Kingdom.

 

- Entry to Bank Holiday Sunday evening fancy dress party with immersive recreated Wes film sets / themed venue, themed drinks, live band and DJs. (This year's party runs later to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend).

 

- Free Wes Anderson poster print.

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KHAKI SCOUT THREE DAY FULL FESTIVAL

TICKET

3 Event Ticket - Friday August 23rd, Saturday August 24th & Bank Holiday Sunday August 25th (Bank Holiday Weekend, so no work on Monday!)

- Entry to Friday evening Wes Anderson film screening with intro by White Wall Cinema plus a post film on stage Q&A with very special guest Jared Gilman star of Moonrise Kingdom.

 

- Entry to Bank Holiday Sunday evening fancy dress party with immersive recreated Wes film sets / themed venue, themed drinks, live band and DJs. (This year's party runs later to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend).

 

3 day ticket holders also get:

- Priority entry / seating for Friday's film screening.

 

- Priority entry / Queue jump for Sunday's party.

 

PLUS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE SATURDAY EVENT WHICH INCLUDES:

 

- Exclusive access to Moonrise Kingdom Camp Ivanhoe themed garden outdoor event with crafts, food and drink.

 

- Exclusive access to a very special Saturday night super secret mystery film screening.

 

- Exclusive chance to enter our Wes Anderson trivia quiz with a chance to win Wes themed prizes and memorabilia.

- Exclusive Wes Fest tote bag (new design for 2019) filled with goodies for you including exclusive Moonrise Kingdom enamel pin, Wes Fest t-shirt, & poster print (all items new and exclusive for 2019 three day ticket holders).

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PARTY ONLY TICKET

1 Event Only Ticket - Bank Holiday Sunday August 25th Only (Bank Holiday Weekend, so no work on Monday!)

- Entry to Bank Holiday Sunday evening fancy dress party with immersive recreated Wes film sets / themed venue, themed drinks, live band and DJs. (This year's party runs later to take advantage of the Bank Holiday weekend).

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