UK, 1989 (MIFF 1992, Documentaries)
Director: Reece Auguiste
Twilight City won the MFF's Grand Prix for Best Short Film in 1989. Due to airline delays, however, the print was never screened (only a video was available), making this a much-welcomed addition to the Festival, which this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Short Film Awards.
In Twilight City a Sunless-like device has been combined with interpretative commentary from a series of documentary characters to construct a vision of present-day London. The narrative device is an extraordinary poetic letter, which is read over present-day and archival footage, cut with a 'musical' sensibility — visual themes are elaborated in ways that allow audiences a 'speculative' reading, cued in various ways by the 'fiction' and non-fiction commentaries. This is a beautiful and intelligent treatment raising questions of empire and the city, racism and politics, identity and memory.
BAFC founder and Twilight City co-scriptwriter John Akomfrah is a Festival guest and will introduce the screening.
see also: Mysteries Of July, Wlto Needs A Heart