Here are all my reviews on The Reviews Hub from Leeds International Film Festival in one handy place. Just click on the blue links to read the full review!
This event at LIFF had real appeal, whether it was for Brontë fanatics, lovers of avant-garde film or just here for the role play. Jim Finn is obviously passionate about his work and this rubs off on the participants too.
Whether you are a long-term anime fan, or new to Japanese animation, Penguin Highway will have you chuckling and being wowed in equal measure. A delightful story and a visual treat.
The casting for the ensemble is perfect, and the film is certain to earn itself a number of filmic awards and critical plaudits. Quite simply a tour-de-force.
Louis Malle says it was “the first of his films he was completely happy with,” and quite rightly so given the masterful direction and Ghislain Cloquet’ s stunning cinematography.
This year’s Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is as radically eclectic as ever with events to attract all tastes. The opening night is a treat for clubbers with a special event to mark the publication of Hacienda resident DJ Dave Haslam’s memoir; entitled Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester & More. Dave will be interviewed by Jon McClure from Reverend & the Makers. After a short break Haslam and McClure will DJ together (for the first time ever!) from 9.30pm into the early hours.
As Arts Editor at Leeds Guide I had the privilege of interviewing poet John Hegley to much hilarity and he even wrote us a special limerick about Leeds! So I am really looking to seeing him on the 23rd with songs, poems, drawings and joining-ins devised with adults in mind but acceptable to many nine year olds wearing spectacles. New and Selected Potatoes includes work from a dozen of Hegley’s genius collections 1984-2013.
Another favourite interviewee of mine is Cosey Fanni Tutti, originally a performance artist in COUM Transmissions, co-founder of Industrial avant garders Throbbing Gristle and then partner with Chris Carter in CTI (Creative Technology Institute. Art, Sex, Music is the autobiography of a musician who has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades and whose work continues to be held at the vanguard of contemporary art, some of which resides as part of the Tate permanent collection. Cosey is interviewed by my ex-colleague at Leeds Guide Elizabeth Alker, now broadcaster on 6 Music.
And finally there is a chance to stretch your legs and have a sing-song with the Commoners Choir, led by Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley. This is a choir dedicated to singing the news: local, national and international. Based in West Yorkshire, they sing their own songs, about theworld immediately around us, about inequality, hope, and Tory politicians.
This is just a taster so log onto http://hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk/whats-on/ and make the most of this scintillating series of events.