Last year's festival was great fun if a little pricey (you pay extra for being in a town of posh people), so this year we're just going for the first four days. Ms. Plants has upped the ante this year by matching me film for film, so her poor eyes will be falling out as much as mine will. And we've got to get back to our B+B about 2am after one particularly long film session, which should be fun. A couple of diet cokes should get her suffciently buzzing enough to make it through :)
Plenty of films on, as always, and I'll be reporting back on our days over there as normal. If you have some time to spare between 17 and 27 September, there will be plenty to amuse and entertain. I recommend heartily Mary and Max, my current favourite 2009 film, which unfortunately is on long after we've left for chillier climes, along with the sumptuous, if a little long Seraphine about the unlikely French painter, and Humpday which though undeniably rude does look like a big laugh. There's also a fresh set of reprints of classic films, such as From Russia With Love (the best of the Bond films), The Red Shoes (often cited as the most beautiful film made), The Third Man and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.
There's also an event called Science on Screen, organised by the New Humanist magazine, which will show a number of films connected with various controversies in the science-religion-ethics area of things. Creation is a timely Darwin biography, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is an infamous film regarding the criticisms of those who want ID taught in schools as an alternative to Evolutionary theory, House of Numbers, regarding the source of AIDS epidemic, and The Nature of Existence, a documentary exploring the wide diversity of belief in the world. We'll be trying to catch as much of it as possible, and up on here it will go.
Oh, and a not-unrelated upcoming post will explain where I've been all this time. Stay tuned.