Yes, you can stop holding your breath. ZFF2015 has finished and the results of the best film of the festival will be announced very soon, in fact, check out the end of this blog post.
What a whirl it was. Eight films in seven days, that’s just over one a day (or more accurately one every night except for Saturday where there was two in one day). Two in one day! O The Madness.
Quite a bit of popcorn (both salted and sweet) was consumed, and the mini ice creams from the COOP were a hit. The three-seater sofa was so often full we’ve decided to call this year’s inaugural festival a success. Also a hit were the foreign film nights which showcased the charms of films all-the-way from the Antipodes (one of the films was even purchased and brought all the way back from the New Zealand).
And so we reach the end. The ushers have cleaned up the last remnants of the popcorn from the floor, the dishes have nearly been washed and the organiser is recovering quietly on said three-seater sofa reflecting on some of the things she learnt:
- It’s quite hard to write blurbs when you haven’t seen the film and you don’t want to read the reviews because you still want the film to be a surprise
- Everything is ok when there is just an audience of one (obviously not one of the sell out sessions). ZFF technicians experienced some technical difficulties which delayed the screening of The Orator. But as the sole audience member in question decided to make the tomato sauce for the lasagne she was making the following night before the start of the movie, already delaying it, what’s a few technical difficulties?
- ZFF is actually the acronym for the Zürich Film Festival, which is a shame for us as we really liked ZFF as our acronym. We are now accepting ideas on new hashtag. How about #ZFilmFest? One idea which sadly uses up a lot of our character allowance but feels quite Prince-like:
#Zan’s Film Festival (or the film festival formerly known as ZFF)
Zan’s Film Festival (ZFF2015)
9 – 15 March 2015
Following hot on the heels (well one week after, that’s pretty quick) of Glasgow’s more well-known cinematic love fest, Zan’s Film Festival (ZFF) is a homely yet boutique celebration of some of the DVDs she’s had on her shelf for some time but not managed to watch. Nothing like giving something a name to ensure that DVD watching will prevail.
To make it easy on her, all films will be screened in her lounge.
OPENING NIGHT GALA – SOLD OUT
Lounge 1 | 09 Mar 2015 (19.30)
Strewth, the GFF missed a trick when they didn’t include this movie in their “Films of Oz” season. We’re not bigging our scheduling up as to be perfectly honest it’s only been included because one person said they’d like to see it. (That’s how accommodating we are, but how could it not be included???)
We open ZFF2015 with The Castle, so that Mary Anne can attend both this screening and “Seattle Birthday Week”. This movie makes Zan’s top three films of all time. Like the Princess Bride (sadly not being shown during this festival but incidentally also in Zan’s top three), it’s littered with witticisms that leap screaming into your own personal lexicon.
You’ll either love or hate the humour (though how could you not love Darryl Kerrigan?) but by the end of it you will feel the serenity, know what a pool room is (and moreover what goes in it) and if you’re lucky you’ll also understand the Australian legal system a little bit better than Dennis Denuto.
So sit back, feel the vibe and enjoy this Aussie classic. Oh and bring your own pillow, the sofa seats three and it’s going to be busy.
The Castle| Directed by Rob Sitch| Written by Santo Cilauro, Tom Gleisner, Jane Kennedy and Rob Sitch| 1997
Best in Show
Lounge 1 | 10 Mar 2015 (20.00)
I’m not sure how this film ended up on one of my shelves. It’s a movie about dogs and dog owners and a Crufts-like dog show. I’m wondering whether the owners look like their dogs.
Best in Show| Directed by Christopher Guest | Written by Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy | 2000
Nebraska – SOLD OUT
Lounge 1 | 11 Mar 2015 (20.00)
This one’s for the older adult clinical psychologists in your life, of which I have two, and both will be in the audience for this one.
I haven’t seen it yet so I can’t comment on it but I’m going to ask for the ClinPsycs (who will probably be the only other two in the room) for a character diagnosis.
Nebraska| Directed by Alexander Payne | Written by Bob Nelson | 2013
Thursday is Kiwi Night (it’s also foreign film night)
Lounge 1 | 12 Mar 2015 (20.00)
I don’t know anything about this film, except that I bought it from the Warehouse (where everyone gets a bargain) for only $14.99 because my old Drama school classmate Tausili Mose is in it. Actually, I think she got married as the DVD calls her Tausili Pushparaj. Tausili is a really good actress and she can cry on cue which is hard for those who can’t but I think easy for those who can. So I’m wondering whether she gets to show off this talent in the movie. The flick is called The Orator, so it must be about talking. Though it tagline is “The strongest voice comes from the heart” so maybe it’s something to do with your voice.
The Orator | Directed and written by Tusi Tamasese | 2011
This movie was almost brought to you by Maplin because this NZ DVD only plays on zone 4. As I don’t particularly like watching movies on the computer screen the ZFF2015 team investigated being able to play it on the TV via the computer (I know, fancy!) But no, it was going to cost £19.99 to get the video connection and a further £7.99 to connect the sound. The cost savings of not investigating this option further has been extended to you. *
Friday night Flamenco
Lounge 1 | 13 Mar 2015 (20.00)
Carmen da da da da da da da da da! Carmen!
Enough said. Hopefully music is by Bizet as well. Flamenco on a Friday night with Lee-anne (who’s actually studying Spanish!), I cannot wait.
Carmen| Directed and Choreographed by Rafeal Aguilar | 2003
Kids of all ages screening
TMNT – SOLD OUT
Lounge 1 | 14 March 2015 (16.00)
That’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the rest of you. This film is sponsored by John and Lidl. This screening may make up for the fact I couldn’t find my collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coins when my nephews asked for them last time they were in New Zealand. This treasure was collected for me each week from New World supermarket (First in Food) by my (long-suffering) mother. I’m really not sure which box they are in. Because yes, I did keep them. Who wouldn’t? Cowabunga dude!
TMNT | Directed and written by Kevin Munroe | 2014
Pride – SOLD OUT
Lounge 1 | 15 Mar 2015 (20.00)
(Not the U2 song). At the time of going to press this film has not been distributed to ZFF operations department yet. Will ZFF2015 suffer the same fate as Toto in Cinema Paradiso (unsurprisingly also in Zan’s top three) when he had to cycle between two towns to get the reel of film for the crowd hungry to see the second half? We’re hoping that the one person definitely booked in to see this movie doth not constitute a baying mob but we have Zan’s ill used bike at the ready in the garage should she need to cycle to Amazon headquarters somewhere in the UK or HMV on Argyle Street to procure this film.
What? It was delivered last week? On time too? Well then, the only drama you’ll be seeing will be on the big-ish screen. And the film, thanks for asking, it’s about Gays and Lesbians helping the Welsh Miners during the 1984 strike. You’ll love it.
Pride| Directed by Matthew Warchus| Written by Stephen Beresford | 2014
CLOSING NIGHT GALA – SOLD OUT
Sunday Scary Sci-Fi (SSSF)
Under the Skin
Lounge 1 | 15 Mar 2015 (20.00)
This film is on Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw’s “Shoulda been a contender” for a best picture Oscar 2015 so it must be good. The loss of a well deserved Oscar nomination aside, no doubt writer Michael Faber and director Jonathan Glazer will be comforted to know that their baby is being showcased at ZFF2015 as their SSSF movie and closing night film.
On a more personal note, the unread book sits on Zan’s shelf. Will she read it after viewing the film on Sunday? Or will she be too scared to? Who knows? Tune in next week when she turns into a bug, gets shot by a space cowboy and comes back to life as a new alien…
Under the Skin| Directed by Jonathan Glazer| Written by Michael Faber| 2014
ZFF2015 would like to thank Hickford Lodge for the lease of their premises, John for being an usher and Conrad for bringing his popcorn maker to the screening of TMNT – it was most appreciated.
ZFF2015 is also grateful to Rich for spotting the “deliberate” error in the programme. ZFF googled “1884 miners strike” and although there was a strike by Ohio coal miners in 1884, we agree, this was 100 years prior to, and not the subject of the film, Pride.
Congratulations Rich, you get this year’s “spot” prize; there’s a free ticket for next year’s (yet to be branded) film festival winging its way to you now.**
AND NOW, THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:
(Trumpets, drumroll, cue folk music…)
Please bear in mind this was not a democratic process; the concept of the best film was only conceived of by the sell out crowd on day six while watching the crowd pleaser Pride. Not everyone voted or was even aware that there was going to be a vote, but as I was present at every screening (and it’s my film festival), I get to decide who won.
So Zan’s undemocratic film choice for 2016 was:
Under the Skin
Michael and Jonathan will be pleased to know that the best film trophy has not yet been created otherwise it would be a disappointing blight on their mantelpiece but nonetheless, great film guys. (P.S. this blog post is late because after movie I did read the book).
Well, that’s it for 2015. Thanks for the memories, missing you already.
From Zan’s Film Festival (or the film festival formerly known as ZFF) 2015 team, who are now off to do those dishes.
* Tickets for this screening were going to be £27.98 but now they’re a steal at the normal price of £15!
** Subject to there being a ZFF2016