Oxford International Film Festival

Alfie Boe - On the Wheels of a Dream plus the short documentaries The Winds of Downhill, Rostrum, Christ/El, Balance and The Eye of India

12pm on Sunday the 7th of May at the Phoenix Picturehouse

Alfie Boe - On the Wheels of a Dream

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DIRECTED BY LISA EDWARDS

56 mins Documentary

Alfie Boe is a staggering musical talent and a world-famous tenor. In Alfie Boe: On the Wheels of a Dream, Mr. Boe pursues his passion - to use his amazing voice to crossover into the world of rock-n-roll.

This film showcases his tremendous musical range as he traverses the musical genres from opera to musical theatre to contemporary rock. It also shows the struggle, the disappointment and the stress, which exists even for an artist and performer of his calibre. On The Wheels of a Dream is a portrait of an artist attempting to break the mould and reach new heights.

Go see if you liked LIFE ON THE ROAD and or TRUTH OR DARE

The Winds of Downhill

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DIRECTED BY TODD WIDER AND JEDD WIDER

21 mins Short Documentary

Seven homeless people share their views on life, art and beauty, as well as their fears and dreams, at a New York City soup kitchen. We are reminded that all people, regardless of how poor or mentally ill, have humanity, and it is this humanity that allows one to see the poetry that surrounds us all, despite the desperation of one's own circumstance.

Rostrum

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DIRECTED BY TOM WAKELING

6 mins Short Documentary

What if your livelihood became obsolete? ROSTRUM invites you to meet Chris King, a 50 year veteran of the film industry, struggling to find work for the last Rostrum studio in London.

Christ/El

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DIRECTED BY ANDREAS GRÜTZNER

8 mins Short Documentary

A family portrait told through Super8 footage and old tapes from 1975-77. In it’s essence the question about belief. A boy and his dilemma to stand between the wish for freedom, struggle in adoleszenz and strong urge for Christian enlightenment from his family background. At the same time the few back on death of parents and remaining questions.

Balance

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DIRECTED BY IAN WINSTANLEY

14 mins Short Documentary

Telling the story of working ballet dancer, Laura Purkiss. She is a soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet with a unique difference; she is also Laura Tye; mother of two.

The portrait of Laura not only affirms the difficulties of balancing everyday family life with the hard work and dedication it takes to dance with a world class ballet company; but seeks to uncover the social challenges in returning to the work place after child birth. A day in life for Laura is not easy, but she maintains a steadfast approach to her family and career. Laura shines a light on the important things in life and sets an important example to her daughters by revealing what it takes to be a 21st century working mother.

Eye of india

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DIRECTED BY BENN BERKELEY

3 mins EXPERIMENTAL FILM

Eye of India is a visual record of a journey across India that showcases the diverse culture of one of the world’s fastest developing nations.