Elliott Hasler: I’d grown up hearing tales of my great-grandfather’s experiences

Elliott Hasler, whose feature debut, World War II: A Long Walk Home is released on October 26, wrote the script at the age of 16, and is the youngest director to have a film play at the Berlin Film Festival. He’s now 20 and in production on his second feature, Vindication Swim, the story of Mercedes Gleitze, the first British woman to swim the English Channel. Elliot spoke with The Fountain about World War II in more depth, as well as how Vindication Swim is working out for him.

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Kuan-Ping Liu: It has been great to witness the global surge in interest in Taiwanese cinematography

The producers of Taiwan Film Festival Edinburgh have announced their plans for the first ever, free to access Festival, taking place digitally between 18 and 27 of September via their website. Originally planned as a physical event, the Festival was repivoted to a purely digital form in light of the global pandemic of Covid-19, and the chief curator, Kuan-Ping Liu, spoke with The Fountain about what to expect from this digital offering.

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Matt Lloyd: We’ve been able to crystallise some of their innovations and learn from what did or didn’t work for them

The Glasgow Short Film Festival is proud to announce its 2020 programme, the festival’s first as an independent charitable organisation, which kicks off entirely online tonight. This special online even does not include the full programme as they intended to present back in March. Instead they have placed their competition selections – the six programmes of the Bill Douglas Award for International Short Film and one of our strongest ever Scottish Short Film Competition line-ups – under the spotlight. Each programme includes exclusive filmmaker interviews, bringing context to their cross-section of the most vibrant new cinema from Scotland and across the world. The online festival will also include a focus on Thai filmmaker Sorayos Prapapan, thematic programmes Black Spatial Imaginaries and Urban Palimpsests, the early shorts of Nobuhiko Obayashi, and so much more. Matt Lloyd, GSFF Director, spoke with The Fountain about the changes that GSFF have had to make this year, and the positive impact of these.

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Review: The Grump Rating 84%

Review: The Grump

The good old days, when a man and wife had clearly defined roles and all you needed to be happy was an Escort. That’s where The Grump lives, when men were men and the idea of duty was something someone took up rather than questioned. It was the responsibility of his generation to repopulate and rebuild the country after World War II, he says.

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Review: Lucas and Albert Rating 70%

Review: Lucas and Albert

If you like thrillers laced with dark humour, Lucas and Albert is right up your street. The National Film Award nominated film follows the story of two hitmen, Lucas and Albert, who are hired to tie up loose ends from a robbery-gone-wrong twenty-odd years ago.

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Review: The Assistant Rating 94%

Review: The Assistant

Jane is the first person in the office and the last one out. She also wipes the stains off her boss’s couch. She’s an entry level assistant for an unseen and influential figure in the film world with a conveyer belt of young women visiting his office, a nod to Harvey Weinstein. The Assistant is a day in Jane’s life.

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Josh David Jordan: You always want more but this film needed to be just this

With its echoes of Inside Llewyn Davis and Once, Josh David Jordan’s debut feature This World Won’t Break sets the unknown singer-songwriter’s struggle for recognition in the hot, dusty hues of the director’s hometown Dallas, Texas. The Fountain (TF) caught up with Jordan to chat about lessons learned, family projects and why making it big doesn’t necessarily prove you’re a great artist.

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Review: Billie, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Rating 75%

Review: Billie, Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Without fully realising the story and background of jazz singer, Billie Holiday, it felt relevant to be going to explore her past with this James Erskine documentary of her life. This was prior to uncovering the facts, and those that journalist and Billie fan, Linda Lipnack Kuehl, had unearthed as she set out in 1971 to write a full biography on the artist. Over the course of eight years, Linda tracked down and recorded over 200 hours of interviews with the people that knew the jazz musician personally. The book was never finished nevermind published, and the tapes never before heard until now.

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Review: White Riot, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Rating 78%

Review: White Riot, Glasgow Film Festival 2020

Rock Against Racism was formed in 1976 by Red Saunders, prompted by Eric Clapton. White Riot is a film that was produced to give the organisation a voice, that is still needed over forty years later. Screening as part of the Glasgow Film Festival, the documentary juxtaposes fresh interviews with archival footage along with snazzy graphics and imaging to convey the hostility of the environment between anti-NF and National Front marches.

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Peter Sant: And like the land, the human characters remain nameless

Australian director Peter Sant’s Maltese-language debut feature Of Time and the Sea, which follows a small family living underground on a mysterious island, boasts gorgeous cinematography and reuses various abandoned filmsets dotted all over Malta. Talking to The Fountain, Sant shares his thoughts on genre, cinematography as a means of storytelling and the power of film.

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Review: Screaming Masterpiece, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Rating 73%

Review: Screaming Masterpiece, Glasgow Film Festival 2020

With Glasgow Film Festival’s Country of Focus this year being Iceland, it would be blasphemous not to have work that concerns the music that is embedded in the land. Albeit released in 2005, Screaming Masterpiece was incorporated into 2020’s Film Festival programme, and focuses on the strength and diversity of Iceland’s music, as well as the culture that determines the style and output. This documentary covers some of Iceland’s most talented and well-known musicians and was followed by a live performance from the Glasgow Percussion Collective, covering the music of their most celebrated, Bjork.

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Review: About Endlessness, Glasgow Film Festival 2020 Rating 80%

Review: About Endlessness, Glasgow Film Festival 2020

About Endlessness is the fourth film of Roy Anderssons I have now watched, and certainly fits with what we anticipate from the work of this auteur, his delves into relativity but more that reflective nature of his work. Screening at the Glasgow Film Festival, About Endlessness is highly anticipated, moving to a larger theatre to accommodate all that wish to see it.

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