Here's the 2015 WOW Festival trailer, carefully crafted by Jacob Whittaker, an artist and filmmaker based in Cardigan. The rather catchy tune is taken from Where is My Friend's Home?, Abbas Kiarostami's classic 'kid quest' movie, which features in our Iranian season, starting on March 21st. Enjoy!
WOW audiences from a couple of years back may well remember the stunning live soundtrack performance by Bronnt Industries Kapital. They are now releasing their new album Turksib on Monday 19th January 2015 on I Own You Records. The album is comprised of music from Bronnt's soundtrack to the acclaimed Russian film Turksib (1929, dir. Viktor Turin), commissioned by the British Film Institute and originally released as the centrepiece of The Soviet Influence: From Turksib to Nightmail, a collection of films looking at the influence of Soviet propaganda on British filmmaking. We wish them well with the new album and look forward to future projects.
I had a great time at Sheffield DocFest, meeting up with a number of colleagues, making some new contacts and seeing a dozen films. This was the first time I had been to the DocFest and among my highlights were:
Only in west Wales could you go to a nomadic film festival that begins in the village hall, travels to a workers cottage, the pub, the old school and a mansion before ending with a dance party!
Curated through an open call, 'Bodies in Land' is bringing an international line up of artist, moving image, experimental and dance film to the north Pembrokeshire village of Abercych.
These images capture perfectly last night's joyous celebration of the best of Bollywood film at the Samaj Community Centre with Bollywood Brass Band. The event sold out over a week ahead and we must say a huge thank you to the centre's secretary Anoup Kerrai and all the volunteers involved at the centre who gave WOW and our sister project, the WOW Women's Film Club, such a warm welcome, making it a night to remember.
Mark Cousins joined us last night for a Q&A Following A Story of Children and Film at Chapter Arts Centre. It was a great evening and I thought that you'd enjoy these photos of the event.
Today it's the turn of Anoup Kerrai from Grangetown's Samaj Community Centre and Sita Thomas from the Bollywood Brass Band, who tell us about their favourite childhood films.
Sita: My favourite childhood film is Disney's The Parent Trap. I've watched it so many times that I know all of the words. A brilliant Lindsay Lohan (before she went bad) playing the coolest twins Hallie and Annie; the plot made me hope I'd be reunited with a long-lost twin - I'd take her place in India, she'd put on a Welsh accent and be me!
Anoup: This is probably the hardest question I've ever had to answer! My brothers and I would forever burn through tapes of John Candy Films, Superman, The Jungle Book and a Hindi film called Hum. They all stuck inside the VCR and cost my Dad a small fortune in repairs. If I had to narrow it down though it has to be Star Wars, we have all grown up as huge tech and sci-fi enthusiasts from the original Star Wars trilogy. We never really understood quite why Darth Vadar was so evil as he seemed amazing to us all that power and a red light sabre, he was the only bad guy we all wanted to play.
In the lead up to WOW's screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we have been asking our friends and supporters for their favourite childhood films.
Here are BAFTA award winning Welsh director Kieran Evans's replies:
What's your favourite children's film?
This is tricky as having two young boys, I've probably seen nearly every film aimed at children over the last eight or so years (some of which have scarred me, and not in a good way...) and so I feel a little more qualified to comment and discuss this topic further. For me a good children's movie is something that goes beyond stereotypes and focus grouped script devices and lets its story unfold before your eyes, making you forget your age and who the target audience is and just let the film take you on a journey, regardless of the fantastical qualities it may have. So, for this answer I'm going to have to give you three answers as they fall in to three different formats and categories...
In the run up to our festival screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we're posting a daily blog on our friends and supporters' childhood experiences of cinema. I thought it would be nice to start things off with why The Jungle Book is my favourite children’s film. Aged 11 I was taken to see The Jungle Book as a Christmas treat by my grandmother in a huge old Odeon in the middle of Birmingham. We had to queue to get in and the cinema was packed with excited kids. An atmosphere more like the circus or pantomime than the empty, echoing cinemas I’d been used to up till then. It was a hugely influential experience on the rest of my life. Why couldn’t we all be happy with the “simple bare necessities of life”? It seemed to me unarguably true that hanging out with Baloo, playing in the jungle and living free was more fun than going back to school.
For the 2nd post on 'Women in World Cinema', WOW interviewed Kenyan director Judy Kibinge, who spoke about her childhood cinema memories, her latest film Something Necessary and what motivated her to become a filmmaker.