Monday, June 23, 2008

More Edinburgh

Greetings from chilly, damp Scotland, and a quick update of films and stuff.

I've been to a couple of good panels, one on the relationship between writers and producers, with Jeremy Brock and Buncan Kenworthy giving some very good advice and insights, and one with Warp X talking about their model of film-making and distribution. Also been to a couple of staged readings of screenplays at the Traverse Theatre, which have been really enjoyable; they're an odd thing, though - not a play, because the actors are seated and reading a screenplay complete with directions, but not a film because it's happening on stage. They give quite a good idea of how the film might shape up, and are a useful exercise for the writer, though.

Saw two films on Saturday - "Married Life", starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, and "The Wackness" starring Ben Kingsley. Sue really liked "The Wackness" but I was bored rigid and thought it was dull and overlong. I quite liked "Married Life" but it has a very old-fashioned feel to it, and not just because it was set int he 1950s. The cars and costumes were lovely, though.

The highlight of the festival so far was seeing Brian Cox "In person" yesterday, being interviewed about his life and career by Hannah McGill, and showing clips from some of his films. It was a really interesting talk, and he's a very entertaining speaker.

Last night's film was "Paris", starring Juliette Binoche, a film about intertwining lives in Paris and my favourite film so far. The stories were really engaging, the people felt real, and the city itself becomes a character in its own right. The director (will come back later when I have my catalogue with me to add details) said in the Q+A afterwards that he was inspired by Robert Altman and films like "Nashville" and "Short Cuts".

I'm still waiting for my "oh wow" film though - this year's selection is nowhere near as good as the previous two years. But I'm having a couple of days off the festival from tonight because A is coming up - hoorah!


Blogger Stacie said...

Hope your "wow" film comes along soon! :)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Paris" reminded me of a wonderful little 2006 film, "Paris, je t'aime!". And I love Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Hadn't heard of "Married Life" though. Something to look forward to. Don't you and A have too much fun now...wish A were moi!


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