Debate Brexit with famous Remainers at film festival

In this still from Postcards from the 48% anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray protests outside the UK parliament

There is a chance to meet two famous faces from the Remain side of the Brexit debate at this year’s Dinard Film Festival of British films next week.

British writer and philosopher Prof AC Grayling, who chairs a co-ordinating group for leading Remain organisations in the UK, and British Lib-Dem MEP Catherine Bearder will join director David Wilkinson for an hour’s Q&A session after a screening of Mr Wilkinson’s documentary Postcards from the 48% on Saturday September 28 at 12.30.

Mr Wilkinson was spurred on to make the film, interviewing Remainers all over the UK, including Ms Bearder and Prof Grayling, about their feelings on Brexit after he found that his friends in other European countries had the impression the British had “all voted against us”.

He told Connexion that his friends were amazed to hear the vote was as close as 48% to 52%. In the UK he said some cinemas had banned the film and at many screenings he was verbally attacked outside by people who thought it was wrong to question the Brexit vote because it was 'democratic'.

However he told Connexion democracy is not something "fixed at one moment in time" and "written in stone".

The October edition of The Connexion newspaper, out next week, will include interviews with Prof Grayling and Mr Wilkinson in the run-up to what Mr Wilkinson said he expects to be a “very heated” debate.

The screening on the Saturday will be in La Salle Balneum at le Palais des Arts et du Festival, 2 Blvd Wilson and there will be another chance to see the film on Sunday September 29 at 13.00 in the Le Petit Palais room at the same address.

Also focussing on Brexit is another film Wait and Sea, about the impact of Brexit on the British and French fishing industries, with a screening on Wednesday September 25 at 15.50 and then another on Thursday September 26 at 18.00 followed by a discussion with the director and British and French fishermen working in the Channel.

The festival organisers are still putting finishing touches to the website for this year’s festival, however you can find the full programme for each day at present by reading its site in French at this link  and clicking directly on the wording 2019 Programmation (do not select one of the drop-down options).

Other highlights will include the chance to meet director Mike Leigh after a screening of his film Peterloo at 20h on Friday September 27.

The festival organisers said those wanting to take part should attend in person and buy tickets on the day; they are €7 full price or €5 for concessionary rates.

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