Tomorrow! That’s right, it all starts tomorrow! Bath Film Festival 2012 is only one day away. It has been almost a year in the making, and all of the hard work of the many people who dedicate the much needed time and effort is about to pay off.
Don’t panic! Stay calm; there is still time to buy tickets. But they are selling fast. To help you decide what to watch, we thought we’d give you a quick round up of the different types of films showing in this year’s festival.
Documentary filmmaking is one of the staples of modern culture, choosing to tell stories that others don’t, shinning a light on others’ passions and injustices. Bath Film Festival has shown a wide range of documentaries over the last two decades, and this year is no exception. From the award-winning I Am Eleven, a look at the views of eleven year olds from around the world, to The Moon Inside You, which instead looks at the inner workings of the female cycle and the taboos surrounds it; from the fascinating world of Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present where art is everything and The Making Of The Peasant Girl in which it is all about the music, to the corporate greed and corruption of Big Boys Gone Bananas!* in which a filmmaker struggles to be heard; from the streets of Birmingham in One Mile Away where a filmmaker tries to help two rival gangs settle their differences, to Maggie’s Centre Dundee where a group of women band together in Tuesdays to cope with their second stage cancer. These are all powerful and moving features which capture a moment in time.
The Retrospective films give you a chance to once again experience the thrill of seeing some of the great moments of cinema on the big screen. Powell & Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp shows off the very best of British filmmaking with a story so honest that Winston Churchill banned foreign distribution of it during the war (frightened that it illustrated how broken and soft the Brits had become). Death Watch is a European film from 1980, shot almost entirely in Glasgow, startlingly ahead of its time with a story based around the horrors of reality television. Another wonderful film from the 1980s is WarGames, about a boy and his computer who accidentally begin World War 3. Animal Farm on the other hand is the animated version of George Orwell’s legendary satire about revolution and corruption. Nothing compares to the cinema experience, and whether you’ve seen them a hundred times or whether this will be your first, there is a reason these films have become classics.
Bath Film Festival prides itself on showing great films which have passed Bath by. Keyhole, a film that uses a collection of styles to make something truly unique, tells the mythical odyssey of a gangster trying to find his wife, as the police surround his house. Sci-Fi has taken a back seat in previous festivals, but this year it has a strand of its own with films such as Sound of My Voice – a fantasy twist to the story of a modern cult, and Manborg which takes the action, sci-fi flicks of the 1980s and creates the modern equivalent on a smaller budget. These films all show filmmakers taking what they have, taking what the audience expects and making something that will leave many wondering “why haven’t I heard of this before” and “how can I find out more”. It is a magnificent collection of what makes modern filmmaking so very exciting.
If you are interested in getting involved in the industry, why not take a look at some of the once-in-a-lifetime workshops and master classes the festival is running this year? This is not just a festival about movies; this is a celebration of talents old and new, the people who watch films, the people who make films and the people who love film. This is a festival for you.