Raindance Film Festival Preview
The indie festival throws up some interesting genre pieces.
The Raindance Film Festival opens today, showcasing some of the worlds most interesting and varied independent cinema. Now, even though the immediate connection may be with a bunch of long, boring films about attractive Europeans gazing wistfully over a windswept beach whilst meditating on the nature of love, fear not, for there are a number of potential genre gems in this year’s line up.
Another Earth opens the event, Mike Cahill’s science fiction having picked up a lot of early buzz from the festival circuit. The premise is that another, duplicate Earth has been discovered in the solar system, and the film examines the effect this has on the lives of a group of connected characters. The moody trailer won us over earlier in the year, and we are looking forward to seeing what this can bring to the genre.
Perhaps more kinetic is the Australian thriller X, about two prostitutes who go on the run after witnessing a violent crime. There seems to be a heck of a lot of grimy crime films coming out of down under recently, and X sounds like it will continue this trend.
Hollow has us intrigued, an English countryside-set horror which apparently concerns a cursed tree – this may be yet more found footage, but there’s no denying that this is a formula that works if done properly, so we’ll be on the lookout for this frightener.
We are absolute suckers for the “trapped survivors” plot, and State of Emergency sounds like delivering on our expectations. A group are stuck in the wreckage following a chemical plant explosion, set to fend for themselves against the now infected population.
There’s an excellent horror event planned in two parts, with Kaidan Horror Classics 1 and 2, an omnibus showing of some haunting Japanese horror films. Japanese horror was all the rage a few years back, and it’s easy to see why. Frightening through a combination of ghostly imagery and a seeping sense of dread, the genre in that country is steeped in tradition, and we would love to check out an all-nighter of this, if only our nerves could take it...
Monk3ys sounds like the sort of feature that could go either way – a trio of subjects are locked in a cell for psychological study, with the results shown on screen. This is certainly an interesting, if unoriginal premise, so it will be interesting to see whether Monk3ys can throw the audience with something unexpected. Plus it has an awful title.
Black comedy horror Forest Creatures looks like a winner, with a corporate team-building day of paintball livened up by the introduction of some highly unsavoury figures, and this Croatian/Slovenian co-production certainly has our attention.
Overall, Raindance looks like throwing up some interesting alternatives this year - we can’t wait to check out the festival, and will bring in the reviews as the event goes on. For tickets visit www.raindance.co.uk.