Thursday 7th November – Saturday 9th November 2019

Ambleside, Lake District





For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

(Daffodils, William Wordsworth, 1807)


As winter begins to wrap its icy grip upon Ambleside and the daffodils are nowhere to be seen, we have a cinematic experience to warm your souls! In the words of Ambleside’s very own Romantic, get off your couch and come down to Zeffirellis for the inaugural Inward Eye Film Festival (Thursday 7thNovember – Saturday 9th November 2019).


Curated by the renowned Zeffirellis (who premiered such films as Withnail and I, Gothic, Downhill), the Wordsworth family and the multi-award-winning Hopscotch Films, which brought you the archival documentary masterpiece of Arcadia and the Brian Cox led feature, The Carer, the festival promises to be a diverse and beautiful exhibition of cinema.


With a nod towards the local artistry of Wordsworth’s works, Inward Eye’s carefully selected films will cover themes of Imagination (the all elusive Inward Eye), Love and War, Youth and Fear, and Time and Landscape. Other thematic areas of focus are farming, LGBTQ+, and BAME story lines. With a focus on local cinematic heritage mixed with inclusivity and literary beauty, Inward Eye’s vision is one we are very excited about hosting.


On the theme of literary beauty, the Wordsworth family are inviting 10 screenwriters to a writers’ workshop in the poet’s famous family house, Rydal Mount. Hosted over three consecutive mornings from Friday 8th to Sunday 10thNovember, this is an experience designed to help writers develop their ideas in a unique natural environment. Under the guidance of an experienced script editor and industry mentor, writers will have their script ideas developed with a plan for the international film market. Included in the price are screenings and Q&A tickets, refreshments and lunches, and accommodation near Rydal Mount for your stay. To attend the workshop please submit your details and a treatment of your script idea to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In keeping with our stunning surroundings, Inward Eye promises to be an organic cinematic feast. With an ambitious programme of 24 films screened in our main cinema over the three days, Inward Eye will look to utilise the work of local cinephiles and also give back to the local film loving community.


Within the programme there is a designated shorts section, with the intention of showcasing the creations of up and coming filmmakers. Inward Eye is working with organisations such as Random Acts North and the BFI to ensure the local filmmaking voice is loudly represented. In addition, the festival is offering discounted tickets for 16-30-year olds in line with its commitment to supporting young film lovers.


There will be a ‘Flashback’ screening day, with a homage to films with a literary twist from previous decades. There will be one premiere per night, accompanied by networking and Q & As with the films selected crew and cast.


So, in the spirit of Wordsworth himself, come forth to the light of things and let nature be your teacher.



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