Celebrating ‘Bestival’s Summer of Love’, programmers from Jersey’s Branchage Film Festival and London Short Film Festival have artfully selected nightly double bills under the banner of ‘Peace, Love & Harmonies’ for September’s event.
Upping the motion picture magic through the weekend, London Short Film Festival-selected short films will play each night in between the main features, as well as live pre-screening music from Brightonian folk troubadour Ben Parker with plenty of cinema snacks and a bar for good measure.
Rob da Bank says:
“Even though we’ve been doing it for years, I’m still totally amazed by how fantastic it is to wander into the Ambient Forest and chance upon a brilliant little cinema showing loads of ace films.
“This year our Films in the Forest crew have done us proud, showcasing our Summer of Love theme in all its splendour, especially with the inspirational Woodstock, and the scintillating Searching for Sugarman. So throw on your finest fancy dress and get down with us at the pictures”.
Films in the Forest kicks off on the Friday of the event with a double bill celebrating peace, tolerance and political activism, featuring a look at the granddaddy of all music festivals, Woodstock, and the extraordinary story of how two wholly different communities come together for a common cause in Pride.
As the weekend progresses Saturday will see a celebration of Love. Kicking off with Steven Soderbergh’s exploration of flamboyant star of stage and television, Liberace’s secretive five-year love affair with Scott Thorson in Behind the Candelabra, the evening climaxes with mind-bending science fiction comedy-drama Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Films in the Forest concludes on Sunday with an evening of two contemporary classics. The award-winning Searching for Sugarman is a must-see, charting the extraordinary and inspirational story of mysterious 70s musician Rodriguez. And Stephen Frears’ movie adaptation of Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel, High Fidelity brings this year’s Films in the Forest sessions to a triumphant close.