Yellow Submarine, Chemical Brothers - Don’t Think, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Watchmen and much more
Having recently unveiled an alluring array of alternative Bestival pleasures including The Grand Palace of Entertainment, the Slumbarave, Time for Tease, the Knees Up Tent, Mazy’s Art Club, Club Dada and myriad sideshows and micro-venues, Bestival have now announced a rather fine selection of silver screen treats to keep you entertained. From out and out classics to cutting edge cinematography as the Nomad Cinema, the Branchage Film Festival Takeover, the Lost Picture Show and the amazing Sol Cinema join the fun at Robin Hill Country Park from 6-9 September.
“2012 may well be the year of Wildflife at Bestival – it’s also the year of cinema down on the site… Our amazing partners Nomad have come up with such a strong bill from the classic Yellow Submarine to the Chemical Brothers insanely good film Don’t Think not forgetting two cracking double bills from David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. If that wasn't enough for any cinephile add in some superb soundtrack cinema from our mates in Jersey, Branchage plus the beautiful Lost Picture Show and Sol Cinema dropping by. Just make sure you remember to catch some bands too!”
Rob da Bank
The Nomad Cinema brings magical and carefully curated film happenings to wide-eyed audiences of all ages and sizes at an inspiring range of beautiful, curious and downright strange screening locations, they bring a selection of guilt-edged cinematic greats for your delectation.
Psychedelic animated treasure Yellow Submarine will kick off the first of Nomad’s twilight double bills in all its vibrant animated Technicolor glory on Thursday evening. Following hard on its heels will be the thumping dance beats of Don’t Think documenting the Chemical Brothers’ outstanding Fuji Rock set, with a special introduction by the film’s director Adam Smith.
Friday’s double bill comes courtesy of Quentin Tarantino, beginning the screening with the iconic and endlessly quotable Pulp Fiction and finishing with the near faultless Reservoir Dogs, where Tarantino first proved his mastery of the marriage of soundtrack and dialogue: no one will ever forget Mr Blonde talking into that ear…
Saturday sees a brace of renowned graphic novels being tackled by the film world, warming up with Zack Snyder’s faithful retelling of the most popular graphic novel of all time; Watchmen. Completing the evening’s entertainment is Sin City which brought the graphic novel into the public eye in a more dramatic way than ever before. Directed by Robert Rodriguez who also worked with the novel’s creator Frank Miller, the film delves into the seedy world of prostitution, late night dingy bars, unsettled squabbles and dark revenge.
Nomad Cinema close their series with a rare double bill from David Lynch, high priest of midnight weirdness.
“It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It's better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it's a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.” - Lynch
Keep these wise words in mind, with these you will survive any Lynch film. Beginning with the near impossible to explain cult screen gem Mulholland Drive, a film that has provoked hundreds of interpretations the most common being that it is a series of dream sequences, and ending with the utterly unforgettable Blue Velvet, which will leave you dazzled by Isabella Rossellini and spellbound by Dennis Hopper, it will be a night of truly compelling big screen pleasures.
Guest programmers Branchage will contribute to a diverse and exciting film line-up, with the Branchage Film Festival Takeover. Branchage is a young, ambitious and imaginative film festival in Jersey, renowned for its cutting-edge commissions and creative programming. The festival specialises in site-specific live sound-tracking, music and film screenings. They will present both a daytime and late night takeover of the brilliant Lost Picture Show.
This ‘Branchage Best Of’ will include mind-bending psychedelic live movie soundtracks with Teeth of the Sea exploring an audio-visual relationship with 2001: A Space Odyssey and Bo Ningen playing to the Manga inspired anime Cat Soup. There’s also a daytime folk special with the Memory Band playing tracks from classic British films such as The Wicker Man, and This Is The Kit playing to a BFI National Archive programme of films from 1912. Plus a live radio show by Jonny Trunk and some raucous cine-literate comedy to boot.
“We’re over the moon to be collaborating with Bestival and we’ve come up with a really cool, diverse bunch of events. A big thanks to Lost Picture Show who are kindly letting us take over their tent for some of the weekend.”
Chris Bell, Branchage Special Events Programmer
Over three days and nights, you’ll be taken on a journey from the Victorian experiments of Georges Méliès to the slick Hollywood product of today, via 20s musicals, 60s psychedelia and 70s schlock horror; Buster Keaton, Marilyn Monroe, David Lynch, Werner Herzog and many, many more.
Some of the treats in store include live rescores, deranged documentaries, very special live performances and an array of wildlife-inspired cinematic oddities.
Last but by no means least in Bestival’s celluloid adventures is The Sol Cinema, a micro movie house powered entirely by the sun. This super cute retro-styled picture house holds just eight people at a time, showing everything from independent short films about the environment and music videos to silly snippets of quirky nonsense and everything in between. Each audience has their own specially selected film viewing curated live by the Sol Cinema team.
Bestival are looking for an outstanding short film to help Keep Bestival Green and Tidy. The winning film will be shown over the weekend on the main stage and the filmmaker will win a pair of tickets to Bestival. More info is available here.
Secondly Bestival are looking for funny, inspiring, uplifting, vintage, political, or just plain daft films to show in our micro solar powered cinema Sol Cinema. If you’ve made a flick that fits the bill then go to the official website to find out more!