It’s Autumn, my favourite time of year – the perfect weather to head to the cinema and discover new talent, in the UK and across the world. Raindance, Buff, LFF are all upon us from mid september right through to October, and I can’t wait.
Fortunately I’ve been given another chance to cover Raindance and LFF. I’ve selected the films I’d most like to see and I can tell you, it’s a truly mixed bag.
While there is the obvious Gala screenings (Suffragette), indie movie star turns (Nasty Baby and Beast of No Nation, starring Kristin Wiig and Idris Elba, respectively), and even indie movies created by established auteurs with star turns (Director Nicholas Hytner and writer Alan Bennett for ‘The Lady in the Van – starring Maggie Smith) – the essence of the festival remains clear. All film, all filmmakers and lovers – welcome.
Raindance kicks off tomorrow and promises to be an eclectic treat even better than the year before. With a serious selection of films from every corner of the world, this festival is perhaps my personal favourite – because it’s one where filmmakers and the audience get to interact and geek out about the process, the struggles and rewards of making a film.
So please enjoy, and I hope that my excitement and love for film rubs off, and opens your eyes to the independent cinema and the talent behind it that so desperately need continued funding and support.