The London Dance Film Festival is all set to take place from 9th to 12th June 2016 in Kingston-upon-Thames. Presented by UK’s pioneering dance company BalletBoyz in association with dancescreen, this inaugural festival offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the best creative talent in dance and film
FRAME pays tribute to the Golden Age of Hollywood with a celebration of one of its greatest dance stars, Gene Kelly. One of the all-time best musicals SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) is screened alongside the rarely seen INVITATION TO THE DANCE (1956), which features Kelly in three stories, all told without words, performing three very different dance routines, and THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!(1974), a joyous compilation of memorable moments from MGM musicals featuring Kelly, Fred Astaire, Liza Minnelli and Mickey Rooney amongst many others.
Hollywood’s musical past continues with Lloyd Bacon’s 1933 Oscar-nominated version of 42nd STREET starring Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels and Ruby Keeler that features choreography from the legendary Busby Berkeley. As a special 90th birthday celebration of Her Majesty the Queen, Stanley Donen’s ROYAL WEDDING (1951) is being shown, bringing together Fred Astaire and Jane Powell in a lively MGM musical about two American performers heading to Britain at the time of the royal wedding.
Kingston is not only the base for BalletBoyz but was also the home of Eadweard Muybridge, the pioneering photographer. It is therefore highly appropriate that the festival’s opening night film is Kyle Rideout’s EADWEARD (2015), the evocative psychological drama about Muybridge, starring Michael Eklund.
More details and tickets – www.framefilmfestival.com