That’s right, Succulent Fans, it’s a Christmas musical. We will be shooting a proof-of-concept short in March and then developing the feature script thereafter.
Of course, it won’t be the first musical we’ve made (c.f. the seminal Last Babacus). But this one will be set in the ‘real world’ and the budget will be considerably more than £2000. It’s shaping up to be a corker.
Once a year, Bydgoszcz (Poland’s 8th-largest city) receives a massive influx of filmmakers and camera folk who proceed to GORGE THEMSELVES on Zywiec, dumplings and beautifully-shot movies. The festival does not have a ‘best film’ category: only Best Cinematography.
I don’t recall who won this year (Google it) but my single favourite film was Hans Petter Moland’s Aberdeen. It actually came out in 2000, but was screened again this year as part of the Norwegian Cinema strand. It’s an extremely touching black comedy about a father and daughter on a road trip from Norway to Scotland, anchored around a convincing, humane depiction of an unreliable alcoholic. The cinematography was entirely subservient to the story and it offered an outsider’s perspective on the UK, which is always fascinating.
Also had time to travel to Toruń for the David Cronenberg exhibition.
What a wonderful time at the 2016 OFFline Film Festival. They treat their guests *really* well, there were some cracking short films (Particularly by Sylvain Chomet and Oonagh Kearney) and it feels like a great big, welcoming family. A great big welcoming family that plies you with beer!
While in Ireland, I also took the opportunity to go and scout a genuinely spooky forest. The moment you set foot in there everything falls silent and it feels like you’re being watched…