Film, Issue 681

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Bare Behind Bars, Sea Purple, Here Come the Girls 3 and Dare

27 May 2011

LGBT DVD Roundup

If it’s a quiet night on the sofa you’re after, beware Bare Behind Bars (Arrow Video ●●●●). Described as a ‘chicks in chains grindhouse explosion’, we’re given sadistic lesbian guards, a permanently aroused screwball nurse and convicts with cabin fever…

Domino Records host Edinburgh International Film Festival event

27 May 2011

Event aims to showcase effective combination of music and film

A good advert can, sometimes, sell more than jeans, or alcohol, or cars. Think of the 1999 number one song, 'Flat Beat', which gained enormous popularity after a puppet called Flat Eric danced to it in a Levi’s advert. Levi’s shifted their jeans, the…

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2011: The rough guide

27 May 2011

What you need to know about this year's festival

1 The festival has a new artistic director, James Mullighan, who is from Adelaide. Previously he ran the independent filmmakers’ network Shooting People and was a journalist. He says: ‘Throughout its history [the Festival] has been provocative…

EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Conflict and Reportage

27 May 2011

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

Conflict and Reportage Frontline Club: Martin Bell presents Salvador Broadcasting and politics’ ‘man in the white suit’ says of this event: ‘I tend to walk out of films about wars that I reported on. I walked out of Oliver Stone’s Salvador when I…

EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Nokia Shorts Weekender

27 May 2011

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

Vice TV Greatest Hits! The great global magazine’s four-year-old spin-off youth internet TV channel celebrates the story so far. Having enjoyed early endorsement from Spike Jonze it now has a global network of correspondents who report on all that is…

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EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Outside The Box

27 May 2011

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

Duncan Speakman: Our Broken Voice Speakman’s project is a ‘subtlemob’ – ‘A film that’s happening in a public space where you’re both a performer and an audience member,’ he says. Still baffled? Imagine arriving at a designated public location, with an…

EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Reel Science

27 May 2011

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

Oi! Get Your Grubby Hands out of My Brain A film-initiated debate about the growing commercial application of neuro-imaging, epigenetics and other futuristically-named brain technologies. Do you really want to know if you are going to pass on madness…

Interview - EIFF 2011 curator Alan Warner on the films of Jerzy Skolimowski

27 May 2011

Deep End, The Shout and The Adventures of Gerard to screen at EIFF

People started throwing around that name ‘curator’, which gave the impression that Isabella Rossellini and I were ensconced together in a hotel in the south of France devising programmes. Of course, the truth was that I met Mark Cousins in an Edinburgh…

Kim Cattrall, star of Sex and the City, discusses her new film Meet Monica Velour

27 May 2011

Indie comedy about an aging porn star is set to screen at the EIFF

‘To have a role like this in your fifties is quite extraordinary,’ says Kim Cattrall, who is 53 and has made a virtue of playing sexy older women in a business that refuses to equate the one with the other. ‘When Meet Monica Velour showed at the Tribeca…

Profile: Philip Seymour Hoffman, director and star of Jack Goes Boating

27 May 2011

The much-respected actor screens his directorial debut at the EIFF

Born Fairport, New York, 23 July 1967. Background Known as the ‘character actor’s character actor’, Hoffman has been a jobbing actor since the early 1990s. After playing bit parts in television shows, shorts and features, Hoffman got his breakthrough…

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Profile: Sue Bourne - director of Irish dance documentary Jig

26 May 2011

Director's cinema debut profiles World Irish Dancing Championships

Born London, then moved to Ayr, Scotland at one year old. Background Bourne is an award-winning documentary maker who has made her name producing and directing work that sheds new light on familiar subject matter. Her films include My Street…

The Beaver

23 May 20113 stars

Mel Gibson steps closer to redemption in Jodie Foster-directed comedy

(12A) 90min Just when it seemed that Mel Gibson would never work in Hollywood again, The Beaver proves that he might have a future after all. A string of tabloid scandals suggested that Gibson had pressed the self-destruct button on his career.

The Big Picture

23 May 20114 stars

Romain Duris turns out an excellent performance in French drama

(tbc) 114min This adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s novel relocates the setting from New York and Montana to Paris and the Adriatic Coast. Its plot involves murder, identity theft and abandonment but this is not so much a thriller as an investigation…

Books on cinema - round-up

23 May 2011

How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh, Tough Without A Gun, The Faber Book of French Cinema

As is always the way in Scotland, summer is kind of here, and now is the time to lie in the grass with that growing pile of tosh novels. But let’s face it, you are going to win a lot more kudos from your film-obsessed mates if you create a tower of…


23 May 20114 stars

Kristen Wiig writes and stars in sharp Apatow comedy

(15) 125min Kristen Wiig (Adventureland, Whip It!) comes close to grasping the comedy crown from her Saturday Night Live colleague Tina Fey with this hilarious reinvigoration of the chick flick. As co-writer and star, Wiig disposes of traditional…

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Countdown to Zero

23 May 20113 stars

Documentary highlights the problems with nuclear weapons, but proposes no solutions

Following the success of last year’s Oscar-nominated Waste Land, British filmmaker Lucy Walker returns with a persuasive argument for nuclear disarmament in her latest documentary, Countdown to Zero. Featuring a range of high-profile talking heads…

The First Grader

23 May 20112 stars

Biographical drama has good intentions, but lacks purpose

(12A) 102min The importance of free education may be a perennial political hot potato, but films like Justin Chadwick’s The First Grader add little to the debate other than good intentions. Based on a true story, Chadwick’s film seeks to inspire and…


23 May 20114 stars

Franco-Canadian drama is a deserving award-winner

(15) 130min This commendable and impressive Franco-Canadian drama arrives fresh from scooping of seven Genies (Canada’s Oscars). Set in the Middle East and dramatising an endless cycle of violence and retribution, it’s an unashamedly didactic piece…


23 May 20114 stars

Cult director Gregg Araki returns to his B-movie roots with comedy-sci-fi-horror

(15) 86min Cult director Gregg Araki (The Living End, Mysterious Skin), one of the leading figures in the New Queer Cinema of the 90s, returns to the style of his earlier work for Kaboom, a gloriously trashy, insane ride of a film that wears its…

Life in a Day

23 May 20113 stars

Kevin Macdonald's documentary is an ambitious global undertaking

(12A) 94min This film is the result of a massive YouTube project, directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Ridley Scott, that asked people around the world to make a film of their life on a specific day, 24 July 2010. From the 80,000 videos…

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Mother's Day

23 May 20114 stars

Rebecca De Mornay stars in rare example of a horror remake done well

(18) 112min Following on the heels of bloodless remakes of cherished 1980s slasher flicks like The Stepfather and Prom Night, Mother’s Day is a nastier but more accomplished beast. This home invasion drama is a reboot of the 1980 Troma original, and…

The Pipe

23 May 20114 stars

Risteard O’Domhnaill's stirring documentary shows a community's fight against big business

(12A) 83min In 1996 natural gas was discovered off the west coast of Ireland. Shortly afterwards, Shell UK announced plans to run a pipe through the waters and land of Rossport in County Mayo to an inland refinery. Risteard O’Domhnaill’s remarkable…

Point Blank (A Bout Portant)

23 May 20114 stars

Director Fred Cavayé's French thriller is engaging and well-paced

(15) 84 min Fashion photographer turned filmmaker Fred Cavayé (Anything For Her) would have thrived in the old Hollywood studio system. His films operate with the speed and single-mindedness of a runaway locomotive. Give him a high concept premise…


23 May 20114 stars

Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu star in playful French comedy

(15) 103 min Catherine Deneuve has a gift of a role in this deliciously subversive farce from the prolific François Ozon. Deneuve is Suzanne, the ‘potiche’ or trophy wife, blithely content to be a domestic goddess in the shadow of insufferable…

Profile: Gregg Araki - director of Kaboom

23 May 2011

A wild, sex-filled ride heavily influenced by the B-movie genre

Name Gregg Araki Born 17 December 1959, Los Angeles Background Araki came to prominence in the 1990s as one of the leading figures in what was labelled New Queer Cinema (a collection of films by directors including Derek Jarman and Todd Haynes…