The German Who Came to Tea (8mins, 2013, dir. Kerry Kolbe)
After a century on earth, which memories really matter?
For Annie Day, who turned 100 in May 2012, it’s the day her young son Brian brought a German Prisoner of War to Christmas dinner almost 70 years ago which marked the start of an enduring lesson in love, loss and acceptance.
A short film made as part of ‘Cooke’s Creative Heritage’ project a Heritage Lottery funded project which collected the oral histories of people from the Furness area.
“Beautiful and moving. Perfectly edited. It is one of those films like Buena Vista Social Club which should be in the league of prescribed regular viewing. A fable for peace. Better than happiness pills, we both welled up at such a life enhancing tale of age and wisdom.” John Fox and Sue Gill, founders of Welfare State International
Festival Screenings for The German Who Came to Tea include…
Kingston NY Film Festival, New York, U S A – August 2013
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival – September 2013
Sacramento Film & Music Festival -September 2013
Cincinnati FIlm Festival Cincinnati, U S A, September 2013
New York City Independent Film Festival, October 2013
Mill Valley Film Festival, California, October 2013
Silent River Film Festival, California, October 2013
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, Arkansas, October 2013 – Winner ‘Best Short’
Newport Film Festival, Wales – nominated for ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Short Film’ awards
Witney Film Festival, Oxfordshire, October 2013
Underwire Festival, London, November 2013 – nominated for ‘Best Producer’ award
Napa Valley Film Festival, November 2013
Lone Star Film Festival, Texas, November 2013
Bang! Short Film Festival, Nottingham, November 2013
Bath Film Festival, Bath, December 2013
Cumbria Short Film Competition, December 2013 – Winner ‘Best Short’
Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, Colerado, February 2014
Charleston International Film Festival, South Carolina, August 2014