Festival Focus: London Film Festival 2016 – The Death of Louis XIV, Porto

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016

The latest in Albert Serra’s series of imaginative retellings of the legends of historical or literary figures might be his best yet, and is certainly his most accessible. The Death of Louis XIV was conceived initially as a performance piece, commissioned by the Centre Pompidou and due to take place over 15 days there, and elements of this form remain. Starring a 71-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud as the near-terminal Sun King, Serra’s film takes place entirely within the royal chamber, ensuring

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Festival Focus: London Film Festival 2016 – Eglantine, Voyage of Time

Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Eglantine, the first feature from artist and filmmaker Margaret Salmon, is full of love – love for nature, love for the family, love of earth and love of the land. A warm and sensuous film, Eglantine could best be described as “a healing film” – one that, as it radiates with calmness and purity, restores the senses and the soul through the viewing of it.

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Festival Focus: London Film Festival 2016 – Moonlight, Mimosas, Sieranevada

Posted Friday, October 14th, 2016

Arriving fresh from TIFF, Barry Jenkins’ three act identity tale Moonlight comes eight years after his feature debut Medicine for Melancholy. Other than being about relationships and the complicating factors that distance people from each other, this new film bares little resemblance to that mumblecore debut, especially stylistically. The style of Moonlight however, may be more familiar to those who have seen some of the shorts Jenkin made in the period between the two features. In particular, two commercial commissions (Tall

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Festival Focus: BFI London Film Festival 2016 – Christine/Kate Plays Christine

Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

From the ages of 18 to 23 I worked as the part-time manager of a small secondhand DVD shop. Located in one of the more deprived areas of Brighton, the shop was a repository for the material detritus of local street drinkers, young mums and decrepit old men, who would exchange stacks of fag smoke infused DVDs for hard cash. There was little of much cultural value amongst the mountains of merchandise we bought except for a once a week

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Festival Focus: BFI London Film Festival – Toni Erdmann

Posted Monday, October 10th, 2016

When George Miller’s jury took to the stage at the awards ceremony of this years Cannes Film Festival, Toni Erdmann was the name on everyone’s lips. Amongst the heady scrum of Cannes royalty, – Jarmusch, Arnold, the Dardennes Brothers, sat the anomaly of Toni Erdmann, a 162 minute German comedy that had gained the highest Screen International jury score in recent memory (3.7/4), and better still it was directed by a women who had yet to make a significant mark

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Festival Focus: BFI London Film Festival 2016 – The Handmaiden

Posted Saturday, October 8th, 2016

After the lacklustre southern gothic excursion of Stoker, Chan-wook Park has returned to his native South Korea with an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith. Retitled as The Handmaiden and transferring its Dickensian setting to 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea, The Handmaiden concerns the double-crossing machinations of three corrupt individuals; the fraudulent grifter Count Fujiwara, Lady Hideko a Korean lady who lives under the perverse tutorage of her sinister uncle and the titular handmaiden Sook-Hee a pickpocket from a family of rogues and

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Festival Focus: Shorts 2 Features at Encounters

Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Each year, Encounters features several features amongst its programme of short films. These films, from alumni of the festival or favoured filmmakers demonstrate successful transitions from short to feature filmmaking, as well as the appeal of moving back and forth between varying lengths. We spoke to the filmmakers who have features at Encounters, about the differences between short and feature filmmaking, their experiences with the industry and their thoughts on Encounters.

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Festival Focus: London Film Festival Programme Preview

Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

The BFI’s London Film Festival have unleashed their programme for this year’s edition, and as well as offering a bumper programme of regular features, shorts, experimental works and newly restored archive treasures, they’re building a temporary 800 seat theatre to home more film fans in the capital. The 2016 edition takes a special focus on diversity, directing the annual Network @ LFF for emerging filmmakers specifically towards minority entrants, opening with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, and closes with the commencement of the

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Festival Focus: Shooter’s Encounters #2

Posted Monday, September 5th, 2016

Last week, we spoke with three Shooting People members who have films included in Encounters Short & Animation Festival later this month. Here, we hear from two more – the talented, comedy focused filmmaker Kate Herron and Finland-born, Edinburgh-based new artist filmmaker Katri Vanhatalo.

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Festival Focus: Shooter’s Encounters #1

Posted Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Arriving at the end of September is Bristol’s popular Encounters Festival, one of the UK’s premiere stages for short film and animation. To get you in the spirit for all things short film, we’ve spoken with five Shooting People members who have films included in the competition, about the paths they took into filmmaking, the films they’ve made, and what they’re working on next. Here’s the first three.

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