Supported by a range of illustrious names, including David Puttnam, Mike Leigh, Jim Sheridan, Steve Coogan and many others, the FFF has grown into a fabulous celebration of short film, in all its forms and we are priviliged to have been asked to participate.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Light From the Land’ which reflects the aim of the FFF in bringing about a European Peripheral Festivals Network, linking Festivals from the periphery of Europe. So with that in mind, we’ve carefully (well, carefully-ish) selected a clutch of films that reflect peripheral existences and edge-of-the-world attitudes!
We’ve chosen the deft New Zealand comedy, MADAM BLACK, directed by Ivan Barge, as the film from the most peripheral place on Earth it’s possible to find (at least it is pretty peripheral if you happen to live in County Cork) and features an appropriately globe-trotting dead cat. Apart from featuring at over 50 film festivals MADAM BLACK is also multi award-winning, very funny and heart-warming to boot!
You probably can’t get more peripheral than a guy with a fetish for gas masks, so THE SESSION by Morgane Becceril fits nicely into the idea of marginal existences that we’ve worked around for this programme. A funny, and at times intense, romantic-comedy featuring a trainee Dominatrix (played with naif charm by Ashley Jordyn) and a more worldly but gentlemanly John, (played by Alexei Bondar) THE SESSION was (fascinatingly) shot inside a working S & M Dungeon!
Part 2 of our Fastnet Programme Preview coming right up!