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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Scorsese picks films for festival

Martin Scorsese is the guest curator for Cornwall's Port Eliot Festival

Martin Scorsese is to be a guest curator at an arty summer festival in Cornwall.

The director, whose movies include The Godfather and Gangs Of New York, has programmed the films for Cornwall's Port Eliot Festival.

The event from July 21 to 24 has performers such as British Sea Power, Bellowhead and Andrew Weatherall, as well as punk poet John Cooper Clarke on the bill.

Scorsese's movie choices include classics such as All About Eve, The Red Shoes, North By Northwest and Sidney Lumet's 1974 version of Murder On The Orient Express.

The films will be shown at an outdoor, 'drive-in' style screen with a backdrop of a picturesque river estuary spanned by a Brunel railway viaduct.

Festival co-founder Catherine St Germans said: "We could not have dreamt of a more illustrious programmer.

"We are extremely grateful to Mr Scorsese for the time he has devoted to the festival and the care with which he has made his choices."

The festival will also feature a discussion of the work of Scorsese, who became involved through Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell, a friend of the director and supporter of the event.

The annual event's eclectic line-up also includes appearances from philosopher AC Grayling, novelist Hanif Kureishi and the "art bus" created by pop artist Sir Peter Blake.

Further details and tickets are available from www.porteliotfestival.com.

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