REVIEW: Banff Film Festival, Brighton, 11/09/2015

As I sit down in the Brighton Corn Exchange, a man behind me says with enthusiasm, “I think they could fill this place up every week if they showed films like this”. There is a wide mix of people at the event, not just your wannabe explorers, but also perhaps those that once were traversing the more inhospitable parts of the world, and those that soon might be taking gap years. As well as, I’m sure, a vast number of couch potatoes, anticipating an exciting showcase of films. A member of the Banff staff introduces us to the festival tour, she explains a little about the festival, its scope, history and the plan for the afternoon. The tone of the films requires your absolute attention and as expected the films are undeniably wonderful. If David Attenborough turned his hand to documenting the nature of humans, then I think some of these films would have a spot in his oeuvre. This is because of the good nature, the tested human spirit and the stories of occasional triumph over adversity – heart breaking, life affirming, and for me, a definite motivating message to go out and engage my wanderlust.

From the Film Sufferfest2 © Cedar Wright (2)

 

Ready to rock?

As expected the film that had me bawling and broken-hearted was Tashi and the Monk – but there was also an ear-to-ear grin or two in there. The short-film genre is overlooked, or perhaps it’s primarily an internet facet that doesn’t make it to a screen near you. I believe the economics of the whole film industry – drilling back profits from cinemas, is what limits our access to this film form, so I am thoroughly in support of this film festival and recommend the beautiful films of arctic surfers, daredevil mountain bikers and 84-year-old skiers. You definitely get to live a little through the lenses of these awesome productions. I wish I could also go every week too.

By Lou Clement

The remaining dates are as follows:

22 April Harrogate, Royal Hall

24, 25 April Keswick, Theatre by the Lake

27 April Truro, Hall for Cornwall

28 April Cheltenham, Town Hall

30 April Swindon, Wyvern Theatre

01 May Watford, Colosseum

02 May Torquay, Babbacombe Theatre

06 May Matlock Bath, Grand Pavilion

07, 08 May Whitley Bay, Playhouse

09 May Yarm, Princess Alexandra Auditorium

10 May Glasgow, SECC (matinee & evening programmes)

13 May Wimborne Minster, Tivoli Theatre

16 May Norwich, Theatre 1

21 May Kilkenny, The Watergate

22 May Dublin, Helix

23 May Cork, Everyman Theatre

26 May Galway, Town Hall

27, 28 May Belfast, Theatre at the Mill

30 May Milford Haven, Torch Theatre

05, 06 June Poole, Lighthouse Theatre

 

The Verse Staff

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