Inveterate Invertebrate James McAleer

Posted Friday, April 8th, 2011

Here’s another gem you should hunt out…

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Erik Love Lundqvist

Posted Thursday, April 7th, 2011

An interview I did with the director of one my favourite short films from ECU. Later we got drunk and he tried to make me ride a bicycle.

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Encore Et Au Revoir

Posted Monday, April 4th, 2011

Well my bags are packed and my head is surprisingly clear so before jumping back on the Eurostar I thought I’d share with you more of the things my iPhone saw at the last night of the festival… (click on the pictures to enlarge) I’ll also be reblogging the best of the interviews I did out here and don’t forget to check mine and my brother’s twitter feed @blainebrothers for a more blow by blow account of the festival…

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Mort Et Les Macaroons.

Posted Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Some sweetly flavoured pictures for those of you following the last day of ECU on twitter… This man looks just like the assassin in a short film I saw at the festival. It was a great film with one flaw, the main character talks eloquently about how he is a “ghost” in our world, the sort of man no one ever notices or sees, but when he is finally revealed it turns out he is tall and bald with mental

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Unsettling

Posted Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Divining the balance between how much a film festival programme represents its submissions and how much it represents its selectors is one of those impossible but fascinating chicken and egg questions. Naturally the programme has to reflect both but I hope for the sake of everyone living in Europe that this year’s ECU programme isn’t purely a reflection of the continental mood – for if it is then we are very unsettled. The clearest and most eloquent expression of this

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Bonjour ECU!

Posted Friday, April 1st, 2011

Ah yes that lovely feeling of having slept on a high speed train… and I’m back in Paris for this year’s Ecu festival. Events kick off tonight but I’ve already bumped into Festival Director Scott Hillier up to his elbows in preparation for the big kick off or, “le kick off” as no one at all calls it. Like last year I’ll be doing my best to meet all the best people and ask them interesting questions, some of which

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Faces of ECU.

Posted Sunday, March 28th, 2010

Combining two of the themes of my blog for March, here’s Dom’s Canon 7D view of the European Independent Film Festival… If you can’t see the video click here http://shootingpeople.org/blog/category/bensblog/2010/03/faces-of-ecu/

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James Rumsey

Posted Saturday, March 27th, 2010

Last of the British winners at Ecu was Shooter James Rumsey who won Best European Short with his film Milk Man, a fantastic Hitchcock inspired slice of noir… And hopefully, since James is a Shooter, he’ll give me a shout the next time his film is screening and I can let you all know how you can see it… If you can’t see the video click here http://shootingpeople.org/blog/category/bensblog/2010/03/james-rumsey

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Louisa Mayman

Posted Friday, March 26th, 2010

Louisa won Best Student film at Ecu. We did do a much more interesting and in depth interview about her film “The Highest Low” which is a beautiful, poetic, frank and at times surprisingly witty account of her struggle to rebuild her life following a terrible car accident. Sadly this interview doesn’t seem to have been uploaded so instead here she is being deservedly delighted at winning… And here is the trailer for her film… Hopefully I can prod the

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Légende de Jean L’inverse

Posted Friday, March 26th, 2010

This is Philippe Lamensch from Belgium talking to me after winning an award for the editing in his first short film Légende de Jean L’inverse… It’s really great that Ecu provides ‘trailers’ for all their films online, it makes a blog so much more useful and compelling. Shame though that in most cases this is just the opening minute or so as that rarely gives the full flavour. Here though is the first minute or so of what was one

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