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An elderly couple in reduced circumstances join a pensioners' group holiday which they can barely afford. They hope to get away from it all for a week, perhaps make new friends. But reality still pursues them. Victor Schonfeld is the producer/director of THE ANIMALS FILM. ... Read more
A solitary mole man's routine existence is rocked by the arrival of a potential companion. With his desire for contact at war with his suspicion of others, the mole man makes a series of attempts to stare down his fears. ... D/S Grigoris Leontiades P Camilla Bray WS NFTS L No Dialogue TD Video/Col/2003/10mins ... Read more
Saffron invites her new boyfriend to live with her— and her de facto. In this Birmingham love triangle, messages are mixed and no one ever reacts in quite the way they're meant to. Strong performances, a hand-held camera style and a slightly surrealistic edge underpin this amusing comedy. ... Read more
12 Views of Kensal House is a documentary portrait of a working class housing estate built in 1936 as a model of enlightened planning, and which now stands as an archetypal example of inner city decay. The estate's downward path since idealistic conception (under the influence of Le Corbusier, the Bauhaus and the Socialist ... utopianism of the 1930s) is traced through interviews with the architec... Read more
A beautifully twisted moralistic tale evolves during a drug induced ride through the English countryside with a burly biker. ... Read more
In Official Competition at Cannes this year, the latest film from Michael Winterbottom (The Claim, MIFF 2001) is an energised, chemical-fuelled trip through the birth and heyday of the dynamic Manchester music scene. Inspired by a seminal Sex Pistols gig, Tony Wilson set up record label Factory Records, signing bands like Joy Division, New Order and eventually The Happy Mondays. ... What ensues is... Read more
In 1963 Granada Television commissioned Michael Apted and Paul Almond to produce 7 UP — a 40 minute documentary based on interviews with 14 seven-year-old children from diverse class and regional backgrounds. The children talked candidly about their ambitions, their hopes and their plans for a career, a family and marriage. 7 UP was immensely successful and Apted revisited his subjects every seven... Read more
Created by The Guardian newspaper, 6 x 9: An Immersive Experience of Solitary Confinement places users in a virtual cell that replicates those currently housing more than 80,000 US inmates. Offering an extraordinarily visceral and eye-opening insight into the psychologically damaging conditions of a practice condemned by the UN, but still widely used, this is hopefully the closest you'll ever come... Read more
The original film that began Michael Apted's lifelong obsession to follow the lives of 14 seven-year-olds documented at seven year intervals. (28UP his latest instalment, is also being screened at this Festival.) In 7UP the extremes of the British class system are already obvious — from working class children to precocious, aristocratic readers of The Financial Times, The Urns as "enthralling ... ... Read more
An all-star cast tell the tale of how a faulty, primitive hunk of plastic and metal changed music forever. ... The Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer launched in 1980. It didn't sound much like an organ. Or a drum. It had defective transistors. It was only in production for three years. But this clunky gadget helped create hip-hop, modern R&B and techno, and permanently altered the face of pop and rock... Read more
“90º South” is a documentary film record of Scott Antarctic Expedition of 1911. Herbert Ponting, an Englishman, was the official photographer attached to the exploration party. ... He developed this film by melting polar ice in a bucket over a small stove in a snow &ndash: bound tent, darkened to keep out the rays of the midnight sun. ... The film includes shots of all the members of the Expeditio... Read more
The remaining features of an empty shop are choreographed to make a kaleidoscopic light film. Depth and scale constantly shift, and the camera mixes colours blindly as exposures multiply. ... Not in competition. ... D/P Sophie Michael L no dialogue TD 16mm/2010 ... Read more
A Bigger Splash is a feature film without professional actors. Rather, real people appear as themselves, and their relationships with each other are more or less as in reality. The film was made over a period of three and a half years, with the characters speaking in a vernacular of their own, but on themes suggested by the director, Jack Hazan. ... The plot follows loosely the experiences of Davi... Read more
A Bit of Scarlet is an imaginatively constructed, painstakingly assembled and highly amus­ing montage of gay-themed cliches and stereo­types from 60-odd years of British cinema. Director Andrea Weiss sets out to entertain first and enlighten second; individual scenes are not tied to historical context, but are instead juxta­posed to hilarious and ironic effect, and to illus­trate various 'rules' a... Read more
... ... From Errol Morris, the director of the daz­zling The Thin Blue Line, comes this won­drous and wonder-filled joumey into the life and work of Professor Stephen Hawking, the world-famous physicist and popular author. ... ... ... Like in the earlier film, Morris rejects the traditional orthodoxies of documentary film­making for an approach that is highly stylized, mediated and interpretative.... Read more
A CANTERBURY TALE a 1944 black and white production by Powell and Pressburger. was the first of their productions to be restored by the British National Film Archive The American release version of this originally 124 minute film was cut by 30 minutes The full English release version was restored and presented in London in 1977 at the National Film Theatre, and this occasion was attended by Powell... Read more
The spirit of commercialism pervades this Christmas Eve. In a busy bottle-shop, the tireless sales assistant quietly serves alcoholic solace to the cheerless customers. The menial work and her unfriendly employers incite humiliation. In the silent night revenge is afoot, justice eked. ... Read more
A film adaptation of the tale by Charles Dickens. ... Read more
The film looks at the work now being done throughout Britain to draw up contingency plans in the fight against oil pollution. ... Read more
A picture perfect memento to hang on the wall becomes a ‘happy' family snap from a family about to snap. ... --- ... D/S Joseph Pierce P Mark Grimmer, Aneil Karia WS Film London TD digibeta/2009 ... --- ... D/S Joseph Pierce P Mark Grimmer, Aneil Karia WS Film London TD digibeta/2009 ... Read more
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