Chatting to a friend recently about the wonderful Ida and the not-quite-so-good Cold War, she said to me “B&W films can seem more real than colour”, a thought-provoking observation about how authenticity doesn’t necessarily come from trying to slavishly reproduce the ‘real world’.
But how come B&W films can seem ‘more real’ than those shot in colour? I certainly find that B&W images often stay with me so clearly and are somehow much more memorable than colour ones.
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:
Three reasons you should come and see The Past tomorrow night in Aberystwyth.
1. The actors are all superb.
2. Director Farhadi doesn't spoon feed the audience but expects you to work out what is going on in the relationships between the characters. So people see different things depending what they bring to the cinema.
3. I've been thinking about it a lot since I first saw it last year, a sure sign of a good adult movie that will leave you something to chew over.
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.
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.
Ken Loach was joined by Michael Gubbins, Julian Tudor Hart, Dai Walters and Ray Davies for a passionate, sold-out Q&A and Welsh premiere screening of The Spirit of ‘45 at Chapter Arts Centre on March 6th.