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Canford Film Festival 2017



Canford is holding a Gala Dinner in November celebrating some of the cinematic greats to coincide with the national release of the latest version of Agatha Christie’s 1930s classic ‘Murder on the Orient Express’.  The star studded cast of the new film includes Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer and the school will be hosting a similarly glittering gala dinner on Friday 24th November to which all members of the school community are warmly invited.

Guests are encouraged to dress in the style of the 1930s era for a very special evening which will include a drinks reception, dinner in the Great Hall and the chance to meet distinguished guests including one of Britain’s most prolific actors, Michael Medwin OBE, Natalie Llewellyn, Head of Global Strategy at Platinum Films and Tom Williams, British screenwriter.   

The event is being held to raise funds for the Martin Marriott Foundation to support bursaries for children who would otherwise not have the opportunity of a Canford education.   An online silent auction will open shortly with an exciting array of lots to bid on, including a once in a lifetime tour of Pinewood Studios, a luxury car for the weekend and a walk on part in ITV’s ‘Doc Martin’.

Tickets to the gala dinner are now on sale at £45 per person.  To book please visit You are welcome to either take a table of 10 or alternatively individual places and we will arrange the seating plan for you.

Ben Vessey, Headmaster, commented:

“What a wonderful way to celebrate the very best of stage and screen while raising valuable funds to offer more pupils the opportunity to take advantage of an education at Canford.   We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be a very memorable evening – without any Agatha Christie-style dramas!”