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EIFF – Days 4 & 5: The Good, The Bad and the BBC

I’ve just come out of a screening of ‘My Brothers’, thought it was a lovely little movie from first time writer Will Collins and first time director Paul Fraser.

Fraser directs a tale about kinship that would have been a perfect movie for a public screening on Father’s Day yesterday, a missed opportunity? Whatever the case, Fraser was here in 2008 with Somers Town, he had written the screenplay and Shane Meadows directed, but he’s probably best known for assisting with the writing for ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ and penning ‘Once Upon a Time in the Midlands’.

This time around he’s firmly behind the camera though. Shots of Ireland’s idyllic Cork countryside play off against the nostalgic arcades and bespoke Star Wars toys of the late 1980’s. The young actors all give solid performances, but most specially Paul Courtney who debuts as Paudie; his obsession with Bruce Grobelaar reminded me of my own distant memories of following Liverpool as a lad. The story here is what really leaves the lasting impression. As the boys set out to replace their dying father’s watch, what unfolds is touching as well as amusing and credit is due to writer Will Collins for weaving such a fine tale.

But enough talk about films, what about the festival as a whole? It’s the start of week two and I thought I’d take a look at how the festival is going down in the wider world. The buzz around the place since opening night has been very much focused on what’s different this year, what’s working and what isn’t. The BBC film programme’s Jane Graham gave a damning verdict of the festival so far, and while we’re only just coming to the half-way point, it’s interesting to take stock of where things are standing.

Graham suggests that Mullighan (and you can read my interview with him from a few weeks back here) has been struggling to sell the festival adequately, suggesting:

“The tone, in terms of what Mullighan has promised us, has changed almost month to month. Sometimes he sounds like he’s apologising.”

You can listen to the show here to make up your own mind, but she pulls no punches when she says “We’re almost at crisis point” and the Twitter community that has sparked up around the EIFF took great notice of the fact she said “Something is very wrong in Edinburgh”, it seems she is not alone in thinking that. There were a lot of articles, in the same vein as this one from Variety, that had written the film festival off. The Irish Times even stated it wouldn’t bother attending based on what it had heard. For some people there is still all to prove at this stage.

There is a great deal more to come from the festival over the next week and closing weekend; more events, more great films that are most certainly worth seeing and inexorably more points of view about just how this year’s showcase is being received.

My Brothers is showing at The Cameo on 22nd of June at 17.45 and on 23rd of June at 20.15. Tickets are £9 (£7.50 CONC).

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  1. 23/06/2011 at 07:07

    in terms purely of number of great films I’ve seen (around 13) and the proportion of total films I’ve seen that I’ve really enjoyed (probably over 90%) this is the best Film festival ever. But i do have different tastes in film than most people…..

    Juliet
    Crafty Green poet
    http://craftygreenpoet.blogspot.com

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