Sundance London 2013 Film Festival – Day 3
Today’s thought for the day, from a (presumably) faux Bill Murray Twitter Feed – ‘After committing a crime, always carry a fire extinguisher. No one gets stopped while running with a fire extinguisher’ – genius. Anyway, another successful day has just elapsed with a trio of films which increased in quality as the day lengthened, Sleepwalk With Me was rather tedious but it did crack a few smiles, I can’t help thinking it would have worked better as a This American Life monologue, stretched out to feature-length this exceptionally slight rom-com tested my comedic patience. Mumblecore matriarch Lynn Shelton’s dramedy Touchy Feely took a while to get into its groove but was manipulatively charming by the end, and she was in attendance for a post screening Q&A which was quite illuminating. The first real find of the festival however is Mud, Jeff Nichols clearly establishing himself as a major talent with this terrific take on innocence lost against a post biblical backdrop. After Take Shelter he is clearly adept at building a sense of place and atmosphere, and it was terrific to see Joe Don Baker back on-screen – I thought he’d retired.
Full reviews of Mud and Upstream Color will follow next week, I must give the latter a second watch on Sunday to crystallise my thoughts, suffice to stay it has throughly infected the cerebral cortex since Thursday’s contagious revelations. As for Saturday I did want to mix things up a little by attending some of the side panel and discussions on the production side of movies, the best I could schedule was a screenwriting panel with Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Tideland, In This World, Death Defying Acts), the aforementioned Lynn Shelton (Touch Feely, Your Sister’s Sister, Humpday), Peter Straughan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Debt, Men Who Stare at Goats), moderator Mia Bays, Oscar-winning producer (Six Shooter, 30 Century Man) and others, all of whom should make for an interesting debate I think? Should be a bit like this;
A shorter schedule follows with only one further screening in the evening, the public premiere of Emanuel And The Fishes followed by yet another director Q&A;
And finally here’s yesterday’s official little video diary;
Now, should I be worried that Upstream Colors farmyard manipulator Andrew Sensenig has started following me on twitter? Rewatching the trailer after seeing the film makes me…..