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Festival includes Bollywood and Gromit

Street dance, Bollywood and model making were just some of the popular activities on offer during the first weekend of a film festival.

The Saffron Walden Film Festival began on May 12 with a weekend of film inspired events.

Visitors enjoyed a Bollywood Evening, six Aardman Model Making workshops and a question and answer session with Town of Runners director Jerry Rothwell.

The Bollywood evening included Nepalese and Indian food, Indian decorations, a performance by Nepalese dancers and the screening of Bollywood film Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya.

The festival is organised by Saffron Screen. Cinema director Julie Kendall, said: “The Bollywood Evening promised singing, dancing, colour and fun, and I was delighted to see so many audience members come dressed in traditional Asian clothes and fabrics.

“The night was utterly entertaining and we were sad to see it come to an end.

“I’d like to thank those involved in organising the event as well as those who attended for their enthusiasm. It was a great night!”

Members of the public had a go at making models of Gromit with the help of Aardman’s Jim Parkyn and Kate Timmons.

People taking part in the workshops, which were all sold out, ranged between seven years old to 45 years old.

Jim and Kate also took part in a questions and answers session and talked about making the Pirates! film and Shaun the Sheep television show.

The film festival ran until May 28 and included a programme of film screenings, workshops and talks.


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