Desiree Akhavan is an American film director and screenwriter best known for her web series 'The Slope' and her 2014 feature film debut 'Appropriate Behaviour'. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Appropriate Behaviour at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and 'The Slope' is being screened at LSFF this month.
Film of the month for January
Great premise- I love the balance of this story being both absurd while also within the realm of possibility. This is especially emphasized by the warmth you feel radiating off the woman. It almost seems perfectly fair she’s robbing him blind. One note: I don't think the last scene was necessary, as I already felt he'd been changed by the experience.”
Sweet and economic with it’s time- gets to the heart of the story quick and effectively and ends with such a satisfying moment.”
Moments: I love the concept of shooting a live action Disney musical. The production value was fantastic and the scope of the film and dance sequences was very impressive.”
Film of the month for February
Jack Thorne is an English Screenwriter. His first feature film, 'The Scouting Guide Book For Boys', won him the Best Newcomer at BFI London Film Festival. He has also written for notable TV Shows such as 'Skins', 'Shameless', 'This Is England 86, 88', 'The Fades' and the recent E4 programme 'Glue'. His short film 'A Supermarket Love Song' was made through Shooting People: "The first short I ever made was as a result of a posting on Shooting People. Ended up going to Sundance. Great times." - Jack
A great short that really uses everything at it’s disposal. I loved the use of sound and music to take us into other worlds. Maybe I’m bias as an ex-McDonald’s employee but I found it really touching too - the first of a new genre of fast food romances perhaps. Exceptional lead performance by Thea Beyleveld too - full of intensity and longing, she’s got a real Anne-Marie Duff quality to her.”
A hymn in praise of Woking. Nicely written and shot with a real efficiency. A sort of Before Sunrise for the home counties- and it even allowed itself a happy ending, which I think is quite rare in shorts. Oh, and I now really want to see the War of the Worlds tripod in Woking.”
I thought this had a lovely tone and sense of place and admired it’s silence, it really had a confidence in what it was trying to say and do.”
Film of the month for April
David Oyelowo is an acclaimed English Actor whose past films range from indie darlings to blockbuster greats with roles in ‘A Most Violent Year’, ‘The Butler’, ‘The Paperboy’, ‘Interstellar’, and ‘Lincoln’. Most recently he blew away critics and audiences alike with his powerful, Golden Globe nominated performance as Dr. Martin Luther King in this past years Oscar nominated film ‘Selma’.
This is a tender, imaginative and truthful take on the joys and challenges of caring for an impaired loved one. I was surprised and moved.”
Beautifully performed and nicely shot, this film satisfyingly and impressively plumbs deep emotional depths in a very short time.”
A sweet story about words that may have benefited from less words and a bit more onscreen chemistry.”
Film of the month for May
Drake Doremus is an American film director and screenwriter best known for his films 'Like Crazy' which won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2011; and the emotionally poignant 'Breathe In'. A filmmaker with some real indie cred, he has premiered more films in Sundance than out of it! Next up for Doremus is his film “Equals”, a futuristic love story, starring Nicholas Holt and Kristen Stewart.
Asks a very simple question in a highly original way. Tightly packed with emotion and honestly. This short exemplifies what a great short can and should be. Makes you think about the question it poses hours after you've seen it. Precise, well executed and from the heart!”
Beautifully shot with wonderful performances this felt like the beginning to a very good feature film. Kept you guessing the whole way through. I bought every frame of this as if it were a reality.”
Delightful and sweet this short is packed with production value and human spirit. This is a fun and uplifting journey that I enjoyed being on!”