June 2, 2021

The Films to look out for at this years Ramsgate international Film and TV festival

Once again affected by COVID restrictions, this year's Ramsgate international film and TV festival will be virtual.

The Films to look out for at this years Ramsgate international Film and TV festival

However, there are plenty of films, documentaries, and shorts to sink your teeth into through the free to watch Ramsgate Digital Cinema.

This year's event is once again backed up by big names, too, including BAFTA-winning actress Brenda Blethyn, who will be the only judge for the best feature film for a first-time director award.

This year's festival is also dedicated to the late Dominic Grant, the local artist who sculpted the festival's famous Anchor Bronze Statuette award. Sadly, Grant passed away last November. There are plans for even more celebrations and festivities this year to celebrate Grant's life and work.

Here are some of the films you can look forward to during the festival, running from the third to the sixth of June.


One of the festival's most anticipated films is 'Adverse', which features some big names, including Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler, Sin City), Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie), and Sean Astin (Stranger Things, Lord of the Rings).

The American crime thriller will open the festival and tells the story of a rideshare driver who discovers his sister is in debt to a dangerous crime syndicate. Already praised for its powerful acting performances, many consider the film a must-watch.

Poppie Nongena

Poppie Nongena follows a South African woman with an Afrikaans speaking Xhosa mother, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of insufferable upheaval in the country.

The film was one of the most-watched African films in 2020 and was written and directed by Christian Olwagen, who was also the writer and director for The Seagull in 2018. Reviews suggest the film provides an intense insight into the South African Apartheid, with the diverse cast providing a range of commanding performances.

Phil Liggett - The Voice of Cycling

Another premiere at the film festival will be the life story of the legendary Phil Liggett MBE. The famous cycling commentator has his story told in a cycling journey that has spanned five decades, including the coverage of 15 Olympic Games and 47 Tours De France.

Liggett has been there for many of cycling's most poignant and historical moments and shaped how the world has seen cycling for generations. Many are excited to see this film which is a tribute to his outstanding career.

If you're interested in learning more about the film festival, visit Ramsgate's 5th international Film and TV festival website.

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