Thursday 19 March 2009

Festival opens today!

The fog's lifted... for the launch of Borderlines 2009 with three comedy screenings this evening in three village halls across South Herefordshire.

Remember The Station Agent? The Visitor, showing at Gorsley Village Hall, is director Tom McCarthy's latest film and stars Richard Jenkins (another one of this year's nominees for Best Actor Oscar) as a professor who keeps himself to himself until he's forced, by a pair of unexpected lodgers, to dip his toe in new waters.

Burn After Reading at Garway Village Hall (where I'm heading) is sheer unalderated fun wih Clooney, Pitt, McDormand, Swinton and Malkovitch revelling in the opportunity to play for laughs. That's the joy of caricature, you don't have to worry about LIKING any of the characters. Quite liberating!

Meanwhile in Dorstone, Justin Edgar's Special People - with its ensemble cast of disabled teenagers - pokes fun at the preconceptions - from people in general and filmmakers in particular - surrounding special needs.

The first week of the festival takes place in Flicks in the Sticks venues all over Herefordshire and Shopshire as well as at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. The sheer variety is part of what makes the event a unique experience - 'different films in different places' says it all. So give it a try if you haven't already and let us know what you think.

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