Archive for Edinburgh Film Festival


Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on January 12, 2014 by dcairns

Ace Shadowplayer Anne Billson writes in The Telegraph about Cocteau’s LA BELLE ET LA BETE, and mentions the story that the Beast’s makeup design was based on star Jean Marais’s dog, Moulouk.

I immediately wanted to find a picture of Moulouk to see if there was really a resemblance. There are lots of pics online, as it turns out, but this is the BEST –


The silly joy on the faces of both man and dog makes me insanely happy!

And Moulouk doesn’t look enormously like the Beast, but things don’t have to be literal (which is one of the lessons of the film, by the way).

When Henri Alekan attended Edinburgh Film Festival, Fiona asked him about how he lit the Beast as if he were a beautiful woman, with soft focus, a strip of light across the eyes, etc. “But ‘ee was beautiful, no?”

Liquid TV

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on August 16, 2013 by dcairns

Credits of THE LIQUIDATOR by Richard Williams Films. I’m not sure the walking collar and tie effect is clear enough, but the piece as a whole is grand stuff. The walking in and out of doors which appear only as white rectangles wiping into and out of existence in black is very like Williams’ PINK PANTHER titles.

We were lucky enough to see Mr. Williams at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, where a huge array of his work was screened. THE LITTLE ISLAND was presented in two aspect ratios, spreading out to widescreen as the characters morph into kaiju. As the borders of the screen withdrew in awe, Williams filled the frame with vast blank slabs of intense colour, and I felt I’d never seen anything so vast in my life. It put Imax to shame by skill rather than scale.

Williams had told the projectionist earlier that if he pulled this off, it’d be the first time the movie in its 50 year history had been projected properly.

The show ended and Williams, who is in his early eighties, eagerly vaulted over the front row of seats and ran to the stage to answer our questions. For the first time I felt that his current plan, to make an animated feature film all by himself, might actually be possible. If anyone could do it…

EIFF Aftershock

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on August 9, 2013 by dcairns

Run Wrake’s short film RABBIT, screened in the Scott Ward retrospective tribute at Edinburgh. I love the contrast of innocent design and wicked heart.



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