Edfilmfest 2018 - part 3

Posted on: 06 Jul 2018 by Philip Wyn Jones

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13: Azougue Nazare (Tingo Melo, Brazil, 80 minutes). This film presents a contrast between evangelical Christianity and Brazilian folk traditions that date back to the era of slavery. It’s not as serious as that may sound. The film is packed with sly humour, mostly at the expense of the local pastor, lively music and a use of colour that exceeds old-fashioned Technicolor.

14: Flammable Children (Swinging Safari) (Stephan Elliot, Australia, 97 minutes). Elliot wrote and directed The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert back in 1994. Introducing his latest, hilarious, film at the Festival, he claimed that it’s all true, apart from one event. Might it be the exploding whale? He said it’s the story of his youth in Australia. It’s easy to spot him. He’s the lad who takes his movie camera wherever he goes. In addition to recording what he sees around him, he also uses the camera to make short films, most of which involve ridiculously dangerous stunt work done by his friends.  The second title refers to the parents, their recreation and their favourite LP.

15: Calibre (Matt Palmer, UK, 101 minutes). This award-winning film is set in the Scottish Highlands. Two friends go there to hunt deer. The more nervous of the two causes a terrible accident. His friend, acting instinctively, makes matters much worse. The next step they take could be their last. The film fully justifies its award, the Michael Powell prize for the Best New British Feature.

16: Zombillenium (Arthur de Pins, Alexis Ducord, France, 80 minutes). I found this animated film on the children’s page of the Festival brochure. Having seen the film I don’t think it fits in that category. The Zombillenium is a pleasure park where the star attractions are the zombies. Now vampires are mounting a take-over bid. What we have here is a kind of parody of big business wheeling and dealing and it’s not terribly interesting. In the film’s favour, the visual effects are striking but would have been even better if seen in 3D, as the makers intended.

17: Winterlong (David Jackson, UK, 90 minutes). This film’s background is similar to that of Weightless, shown earlier in the festival. A son, abandoned by his mother, has to be cared for by his father. Francis Magee puts in a good performance as the nomadic father. The other actors aren’t so good and some are positively weak. Several themes are introduced and then forgotten and the film is simply not convincing. This is particularly true of the ending.

18: Swimming with Men (Oliver Parker,UK, 97 minutes). This gently humorous film has in it distinct echoes of The Full Monty. A group of unhappy men decide to set themselves a target which requires a lot of hard work. This time it’s synchronised swimming in the Olympics. We learn why most of the men are unhappy, and then the hard work commences. Several familiar faces can be seen, such as Jane Horrocks, Rupert Graves and Rob Brydon. In addition to its over familiarity, the film has one major fault; the final sequence seems to go on for ever.

Philip Wyn Jones

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