If anyone ever required evidence of the bounty of delights offered by UK and international female filmmakers, they need look no further than the London Film Festival programme, which was launched earlier today.
Some of the films spoken about in the BEV Cannes blog – including Flora Lau’s Bends and Rebecca Zlotowski’s Grand Central – will make their UK debut. Also on offer is Night Moves from Kelly Reichardt. For those unfamiliar with her work can we point you in the direction of the Soda Pictures website to check out (my personal favourite) Wendy and Lucy (2008), as well as the highly original Meek’s Cutoff (2010). Night Moves stars Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard as eco-terrorists.
Probably enough has been said about Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant (which we’ll be returning to in depth on the BEV blog for its nationwide theatrical release next month). If you care about women directors, see this film. If you care about the future of elegant storytelling, see this film. Heck, if you care about ponies, see this film.
So, in the spirit of honesty the following are films not yet seen by Team BEV, but ones that we’re excited about…
The Last Impresario (directed by Gracie Otto)
So Young (directed by Vicki Zhao)
Suzanne (directed and co-written by Katell Quillévéré)
A Street in Palermo (directed and co-written by Emma Dante)
And because we offer a fair and balanced overview we are picking a film by a male director too. Hope you don’t mind. It’s Don Jon, directed and written by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It got the biggest laugh at the launch, and JG-L is too darn cute. It’s true. There are, as far as I can tell, few women on the production team and it’s about a porn addict. So really not a BEV-friendly picture, but it does look funny. And it’s got Tony Danza in. Yes people, Tony Danza. Get that Taxi box set out now for a bit of nostalgia!