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SUN 8 WED 11 18:30 SOHO 15:30 NFT2 DOC BRITISH BRITISH ARCADIA THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS 90 CREATE FRI 13 SAT 14 18:30 VUE5 15:45 ICA Dir-Scr Paul Wright. Prod John Archer, Mark Atkin, Adrian Cooper. UK 2017. 78min. Prod Co Hopscotch Films Scouring 100 years of footage from the BFI National Archive, BAFTA®-winner Paul Wright constructs an exhilarating study of Britain’s shifting – and contradictory – relationship to the land. Wright (For Those in Peril) crafts a dense poetic essay of wonder, hope, horror and decay – drawing on inspiration from The Wicker Man to Winstanley. Through an intoxicating array of material, we follow an unnamed protagonist from the future as she travels through the metaphorical ‘seasons’: Spring’s romantic agricultural idyll long gone; Summer’s innocence of a village fête side-by-side with dark earthy folk rituals and eruptions of Britain’s Pagan past; Autumn’s abandonment of the land, the emergence of urbanisation and the creation of new towns; and Winter’s political turmoil, extremism and division, as nature reacts with violent storms. Set to a grand, expressive score from Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp), Wright’s captivating film essay was conceived before Brexit, but it’s impossible not to see the film through the prism of it. Tricia Tuttle SAT 7 SUN 8 21:00 NFT3 15:00 VUE7 FRI 6 SAT 7 20:45 ICA 13:00 PCC Dir-Scr Jung Yoon-suk. Prod Jo Sona. With Kwon Yong-man, Jang Sung-gun, Park Jung-geun. South Korea 2017. 119min. Sales M-Line Distribution Dir Rob Curry, Tim Plester. Prod Paul Williams. With Shirley Collins, Stewart Lee, David Tibet. UK 2017. 93min. Prod Co Fifth Column Films DOC DOC Embracing nihilism, protest, politics, rebellion and a strong sense of humour, young Korean band Bamseom Pirates give a masterclass in punk activism. A grindcore duo in the Lightning Bolt style – drummer and singer – and miles away from the bubblegum of K-pop, Bamseom Pirates play at political benefits and occupations protesting privatisation. They often face violent opposition, with hired thugs paid to smash up their gear. But it’s their hilariously sarcastic lyrical content, including the ironic championing of Kim Jong-il, that gets them into deep trouble, especially when their manager is arrested for jokingly re-tweeting a North Korean Twitter account. Accustomed to using humour as a Trojan horse, will the band compromise the ‘never explain’ ambiguity they prize? An audience hit at Rotterdam Film Festival, this is energised lo-fi documentary filmmaking, offering an alternative perspective on Korean life and highlighting the perils of political activism in a censorious society. Kate Taylor The remarkable story of one of the great British folk singers whose voice, once lost, makes a welcome return. Shirley Collins, widely regarded as the 20th century’s most important singer of English traditional song, mysteriously lost her voice in 1980. Rob Curry and Tim Plester’s documentary tells her story as a salutary reminder of the importance of the cultural folk tradition. It makes fertile use of authentic 1959 audio-archive to recount the tale of Shirley’s seminal road-trip around America’s Deep South alongside her then-lover (and preeminent ethnomusicologist) Alan Lomax. They balance the story of her early life with live recordings that detail her will to sing again. The result is a remarkable account of loss and redemption, sacrifice, healing and rebirth. And the film suggests that during these turbulent and increasingly untethered times, we might just need Shirley Collins’ wise, weathered and comforting voice. Stuart Brown BAMSEOM PIRATES SEOUL INFERNO BAM-SEOM-HAE-JEOK-DAN SEO-WUL-BUL-BA-DA DOC DAVID STRATTON: A CINEMATIC LIFE Dir-Scr Sally Aitken. Prod Jo-anne McGowan. With Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe. Australia 2017. 97min. Prod Co Stranger Than Fiction Films This heart-felt portrait of Australia’s beloved film critic includes tributes from Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush, George Miller and many more. Deftly combining interview footage, archive material and clips from over 100 Australian films, filmmaker Sally Aitken traces British-born Stratton’s journey from the Wiltshire town of Melkham, through his years as director of the Sydney Film Festival (1966-83), to his impressive career as film critic and TV personality (most notably his 28-year stint with on-air sparring partner Margaret Pomeranz). Stratton in turn details his passion for Australian cinema, telling his own fascinating story through deeper analysis of classic Australian films such as Wake in Fright, Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mad Max, Muriel’s Wedding and Samson & Delilah. This testament to the legacy of a man whose contribution to film culture had a significant impact on the Australian film industry is essential viewing for film lovers. Clare Stewart Buy tickets bfi.org.uk/lff 020 7928 3232 (10:00 – 20:30 daily)


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