Congratulations

– to my newly graduated students Anders and Jamie, who just won the McLaren Award for New British Animation at Edinburgh Film Festival for SPACE TRAVEL ACCORDING TO JOHN, part of their THE WORLD ACCORDING TO series (TWAT for short). This more than makes up for the Fest’s strange decision to only show one of the series.

This WILL be the first of many awards as long as the guys get the films out there to be seen.

Watch out for those fellows!

“You like me! You really like me!”

In other news, the Michael Powell Award went to the new Shane Meadows film, SOMERS TOWN, which kind of disappoints me on principle. I’ve often felt the prize goes to films that Powell himself wouldn’t have thought particularly revelatory (and revelation was something Powell REQUIRED of cinema), but I haven’t seen the Meadows film, so that isn’t the problem. This year the ground rules have been changed — it used to be that first or second features by new directors in the U.K. were eligible. Now Meadows is in, with his sixth feature, and Martin Radich’s CRACK WILLOW, a genuine first feature, wasn’t even considered. The Festival is perfectly entitled to change the rules as it sees fit, but it would be nice if we could understand what the qualifying conditions actually are.

Enough griping — congratulations to the winners, and to the rest: “Try again. Fail again. Fail BETTER,” as Samuel Beckett would say.

Also, congratulations to festival director Hannah McGill and her team for a very enjoyable Fest.

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5 Responses to “Congratulations”

  1. Hi David -do you know where I can see the film Space Travel According to John or where I could perhaps get a copy of the directors’ showreel.

  2. Yes, I’ll email you Jamie and Anders’ email addresses.

  3. Hi David- Am also trying to get an email address for Jamie or Anders. Saw their two ‘World According To…’ films at the Magic Lantern 2nd birthday party a couple of weeks ago and was blown away. I am a composer looking for collaborators. I play trumpet for Belle and Sebastian, and am now composing for screen too. Cheers, Mick http://www.toomanycookes.co.uk

  4. Hello David,
    Let me be the latest in a long list to ask for Jamie and Anders’ email addresses.
    I’m planning a mini-festival in Amsterdam next year and would like to programme at least one of their films.

    All the best,
    Andy

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