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Mark Kermode Mark Kermode | 14:35 UK time, Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Here my highlights of the Shetland Screenplay film festival which I co-curate and which finished on Sunday. The brilliant Miranda Richardson was our guest as well as Bill Forsyth plus we screened the controversial documentary You've Been Trumped.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Mark, you mentioned that The People vs George Lucas hasn't been widely seen in this country, yeah not 'alf, that was made two years ago and as far as i'm aware it's never been released in any format in the UK. You've Been Trumped still doesn't have release date for the DVD. Some of these films seem to only exist on the festival circuit and if it wasn't for IMDB i would think they hadn't been made at all.

    On Fridays show you talked about the financing of That Sinking Feeling and that you were filming the ledger for a blog. I would love to see how the budget of a £3000 film breaks down as this film pre-dates the term "credit card movie".

  • Comment number 2.

    Hey there Mark. I've discovered your reviews just about last year.

    I know this post has nothing to do with your update on the film festival, but I'm just letting you know how I love your reviews. :)

    Say, I know you reviewed a bunch of summer blockbusters, but did you get a chance to review Brave?

  • Comment number 3.

    People vs. George Lucas is really good actually. I know it's a cliché, but even if you aren't interested in the Star Wars universe per se, the film can still engage you, particularly if you have an interest in copyright, intellectual property and the "ownership" of art. It asks questions about whether or not the creator of a culturally significant artwork has the right to absolute control over his or her works - if I create something, do I have the moral right to meddle with it (or even destroy it) once it's been released publicly? These are questions that need to be dealt with and yet no-one seems willing to try. Ironic that it's so difficult to get a hold of legitimately in the UK...

  • Comment number 4.

    Donald Trump's hair always looks as if it's suffering the ravages of a highland gale whether he's berating would-be-execs on The (US) Apprentice or excoriating Scots peasantry in the Hibernian wilderness. Not so much 'fly-away' as 'hovering with intent'.

  • Comment number 5.

    "Admiral, there be whales here!"

  • Comment number 6.

    It's a shame The People vs George Lucas is not available in the UK, I just watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it - although I did have to do some internet jiggery-pokery to watch it on Netflix from America.

  • Comment number 7.

    I to like Iron Sky I could not wait for it to come out on DVD and when i did i felt the wait worth while.

  • Comment number 8.

    Dear Dr Mark,

    Thanks primarily to you, I've begun to work my way through Cronenberg's back catalogue - I've seen many of his later films - and I must say, watching Videodrome for the first time even now, some 29 years since its release, was akin to some form of epiphiny. I can still remember VHS (I'm 19) and the entire film is hardly dated or hackneyed. It is fantastic; James Woods's performance in brilliant and Cronenberg is just a master of the art form. I think maybe including it onto your film club could be a great idea. Reading your first book and it's very good, keep up the good work man.

  • Comment number 9.

    Thank you for giving the scottish islands some love. We need it.

  • Comment number 10.

    Dear Dr. Kermode,

    Sorry for going off topic. I am a British expat living in Japan. I always wondered given your liking for the film 'The Exorcist' what you thought of Japanese horror films such as Audition.

    Still enjoying the podcast 6,000 miles away!


  • Comment number 11.

    Sounds like a great time. Selfishly, as per my BBC Online moniker, I hope you may eventually recreate Screenplay's success with your homegrown festival in the New Forest. Any chance you can lure Bill Forsyth this far south?

  • Comment number 12.

    Nice Derek and Clive reference with the Nazi's in Iron Sky and Whales...although it may have been unintentional.

    I will try and make it along for next years show as it sounds like a great celebration

  • Comment number 13.

    Has anyone else been having problems watching this?

  • Comment number 14.


    One of Mark's throwaway recommendations is on TV. 'Archipeligo' is the late film on BBC 2 on Friday 14th. Give it a try.

  • Comment number 15.

    Note from a small island (Man) the importance of events like this can not be underestimated.To quote a great film you cant just `eat the scenery`,these events make lives rich and full.Films in Peel gave me Benda Billili on the big screen,Castletown ale drinkers give me the World Tin Bath Championships,local theatre,musicals etc,etc make this a wonderful place to live.

  • Comment number 16.

    I was so crushingly disappointed with last week's show. I can't think of anything more dull or more pointless than 2 hours of James Bond music. Whoopee bloomin' doo! What next, 2 hours of incidental music from your favourite soap? Now I have to wait almost another week for a proper does of wittertainment; I'm feeling withdrawal symptoms!

  • Comment number 17.

    @14 jcarr73729

    I gave `Archipelago` a go .I`m 44 years old, up to this point the most boring film i have ever seen was Havana, but this beats it ,in unbelievable tedium. A terribly posh english family spend 1hour 50 minutes wittering on about absolutely nothing. The camera angles were dull,the lighting dull,the dialogue dull.One of those films where the the director lets the camera keep rolling on and on, and on ,and on without the word cut being in his vocabulary. Made la Quatro Volte (which I liked ) feel like Speed. Bergman without the laughs.
    Oh, it had 100% from critics on rotten tomatoes. The emperors new clothes me thinks.


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