A Weekend With: Walter Francisco

Walter Francisco
Walter Francisco

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Walter Francisco, 41, and lives in Southbourne. He’s general manager of Chichester Cinema at New Park and The Chichester International Film Festival, which began on August 16 and continues until September 2.

· What would be your ideal weekend destination?

A weekend in my homeland of the Algarve, Portugal. Wake-up at my grandparents’ farm for a hearty breakfast. Then a round of golf at Vale do Lobo in the morning. Lunch in the ancient Moorish hills. Then a few hours on the beach, usually best as sunset approaches, followed by a seafood dinner overlooking the Mediterranean. Then do it all again on the Sunday!

· Not counting your loved ones, who would be your dream companion?

John Lennon. He could bring his guitar so I could teach him a few chords.

· What music would you take with you?

I am a little bit of a Prince fan. All my pocket money growing up went on his music, so, I would take that and some Radiohead for good measure.

· What about something to read?

My favourite author is Tom Robbins (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues). His writing makes me want to write and it makes me smile.

· What would be your ultimate way to relax?

A picnic in the New Forest with my family, a ball to kick about and a guitar to strum.

· If money were no object, which shop would you head for?

Bang & Olufsen for audio/visual equipment. While growing up in Sydney, I used to travel by train after school to the Bang & Olufsen shop just to browse. The shop assistants must’ve hated me.

· What’s your all-time favourite film?

Fernando Meirelles’s City of God blew me away with its colour, originality, action and characters.

· We’re buying the drinks tonight. What’s your poison?

Beck’s Vier, Champagne or home-made Sangria.

· What are you doing this weekend?

Making sure all the films are in (over 100 in total), all the guests arrive safely (Sarah Miles on Sunday, Virginia McKenna and Amanda Waring on Tuesday), and seeing a film or two (On The Road today and Little Nicholas on bank holiday Monday grab my attention).

· What’s a favourite local destination for a weekend day out?

There is a park in South Harting (just south of the church) that has a lovely open grassed area for family picnics, shaded by giant horse chestnut trees, bordered by a couple of duck ponds, with an adjoining wooded area and football goals.