Review: Collective Consciousness, ESFF 2019

Does film have the power to change society? With Ken Loach’s latest film, Sorry I Missed You now in cinemas, this seemed to be a very pertinent question when considering this selection of short films entitled Collective Consciousness. Co-hosted by the Cyrenians, it was clear from the start that there was an agenda: these films were intended to expose human rights abuse and exclusion, and to provoke discussion.

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Review: Love Be Damned, ESFF 2019

In my first review of Edinburgh Short Film Festival, I criticised the audience more than the films! For the second screening, at Summerhall, there was a whole different atmosphere. It felt more like a festival, and the audience were in the right mood. This was helped by the choice – and theme – of the films.

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Review: Out of Frame, ESFF 2019

The good thing about a Short Film programme is that it’s a mixed bag. If you don’t like one film, you might like the next. If your concentration wanes at one point, you might soon re-engage. This said, if a programme is well-curated, the ebb of flow of moods and styles ought to keep anyone who loves ’films worth talking about’ rapt throughout.

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