Three portraits of life on the modern edge at the London Film Festival – Something Better to Come, Songs My Brother Taught Me and Sailing a Sinking Sea – brought us hardy images of liminal struggles, reports Harriet Warman.
Women were in the spotlight at this year’s London Film Festival, from Suffragette’s opening-gala platform to the Geena Davis Institute’s campaign on gender representation. But did the emphasis on symbols overshadow subjects and sensibilities, asks Simran Hans?
Jez Stewart on the atavistic native visions at Bristol this year, from Richard Williams’ hand-drawn rendition of ancient-Greek warfare to an EDL dad, a neanderthal id, a sad young wool-mation cannibal and an anachronistic woolly mammoth.
Punk springs eternal as America’s Jennifer Reeder won her second consecutive Grand Prix for Blood Below the Skin, but otherwise the spirit of mittel-European social realism stood tall at Bristol’s short film festival, reports Tim Hayes.