BBC Home

Explore the BBC


26th July 2014
Accessibility help
Text only

BBC Homepage

Contact Us


Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

 
editors review
editor content by: editor
london film festival - a mighty wind

The final week’s highlights at the LFF.

watch trailers and interviews
lff media player

“There were serious people at the time doing great things. And there were people who thought they were serious, doing bad things,” says director Christopher Guest about the 60s folkie inspirations for the superb A Mighty Wind (on national release, 16 January). Along with co-writer Eugene Levy, Guest has created some brilliant characters, from Mitch (Levy) & Mickey to nice-as-pie “neuftet”, The New Main Street Singers, with their lockjaw grins and tank-top singalongs. The comedy is gentler than the likes of Spinal Tap and in the end it’s even a little moving. Genius.

watch watch christopher guest and harry shearer
normal, broadband

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to Amores Perros, 21 Grams (on national release, 05 March), is a little disappointing. Sean Penn, Naomi Watts and Benicio Del Toro ponder the meaning of life after a car crash (ring any bells?). “They say 21 grams is the weight we lose when we die,” mumbles Penn. “The weight of five nickels, of a hummingbird, of a chocolate bar - and perhaps also of a human soul.” Er, yup.

watch watch alejandro gonzalez inarritu
normal, broadband

lff
21 Grams and The Shape of Things.

While making The Dreamers (on national release, 06 February), director Bernardo Bertolucci (Last Tango In Paris) apparently “created a kind of device, a time machine. And I took my actors with me in the time machine to go back.” Clever eh? And the result is either a plotless snoozefest or an evocative hymn to cinematic dreams. Probably both.

watch watch bernardo bertolucci interview
normal, broadband

The best of the rest this week included nasty Neil LaBute’s dispiriting The Shape Of Things (on national release, 28 November) and Catherine Hardwicke’s no-holds barred Thirteen (on national release, 05 December). Holly Hunter plays Melanie, mother of teen Tracy who’s distracted from her studious path by wildchild Evie (co-writer, Nikki Reed). Hardwicke won Best Director at Sundance for her efforts.

watch watch neil labute interview
normal, broadband

watch watch holly hunter and catherine hardwicke
normal, broadband

lff
The Dreamers and Thirteen.

Finally, Grand Theft Parsons chronicles the road trip made by alt country legend Gram Parsons’ manager, Phil Kaufman, in 1973. Parsons had OD’d so Kaufman took the body, drove to the desert and burnt it at Joshua Tree. Allegedly. You can watch our LFF interview with Kaufman for the full story.

watch watch phil kaufman interview
normal, broadband

Jonathan Carter 07 November 03

useful links
www.lff.org.uk
warner bros: a mighty wind
fox searchlight: thirteen

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


 conversations
Read members' comments.

archive

collective's dead...
Long live Collective. Read our editor and member features.
bbc news
news entertainment


About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy