LONDON SUNDANCE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Following the success of last years event, VELOUR kicks off its coverage of the highly anticipated second London Sundance music and film festival.

MUD

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‘Mud’ is a truly original, exciting adventure story, taking place in the beautiful setting of a small red-neck riverboat town on the Mississippi river and a nearby island. 14-year-old dirty ripped-jean-wearing Ellis and Neckbone discover an abandoned boat, intriguingly positioned up a tree. Claiming it as their own toy, they soon realise that someone else get there first, the mysterious but charismatic fugitive, Mud (Matthew McConaughey).

Captivated by Mud’s story telling abilities and excited by adventure, the boys embark on a journey to in order to help reunite him with the love of his life, Juniper (Reese Witherspoon). Along the way they face some very ‘grown up’ dangers, but Ellis is determined to help Mud, no matter what, all in the name of true love.

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, ‘Mud’ encompasses the rebellious energy and craving for adventure present in young boys, and those who never grow out of it. With its beautiful small town South American location making it visually stunning, ‘Mud’ is a real must-see for all generations, and anyone thats ever dreamt of exploring and adventuring.
words by Isabella Gamble

Mud will be in UK cinemas from May 10th 2013.

 

SLEEP WALK WITH ME

It’s often said real comedy stems from aspects of the truth, and it is on this principle that comedian Mike Birbiglia wrote and directed ‘Sleep Walk With Me’. The film is an autobiographically inspired reconstruction of his struggle in finding his comedic voice. Along the way facing the difficulties of what it means to complete the duties of becoming a responsible adult.

Under pressure to fulfill the life he is expected to through attempting to both find a stable job and get married, Mike is under a lot of stress. This leads to an extreme sleep disorder, where he finds himself acting out his dreams while still a sleep, in an amusing but potentially dangerous series of events.

With cut aways addressing the audience directly, Mike Birbiglia has produced a very personal, relatable and at the same time hilarious fictional interpretation of his own life.
words by Isabella Gamble

 

THE LOOK OF LOVE

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“There’ll always be sex – always, always, always. It’s simple that a normal healthy chap likes to see a pretty girl without any clothes on.” – Paul Raymond

Directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan, ‘The Look Of Love’ tells the real life story of the king of Soho. With his proudly honest and liberal attitude Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) quickly became one of Britain’s leading nude revenue producers, owning most of the clubs and bars in Soho. Raymond sold glamour, luxury and sex as a lifestyle, as much through example as through his businesses. However it takes its toll on his relationships with the women in his life, providing the story with heartache alongside hedonism.

‘The Look of Love’ autobiographically pastiches his life of excess wealth, sex, women and drugs. Accompanied by a cast beautiful cast of leading ladies, including Tamsin Egerton, Anna Friel and Imogen Poots. Raymond’s life was like something from the movies, so making it into one was always going to be a successes.
words by Isabella Gamble

RUNNING FROM CRAZY

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Narrated by Mariel Hemingway, the granddaughter of the renowned American poet Ernest Hemingway, ‘Running from Crazy’ serves as an insight into the struggles the family has faced at the hands of suicide and mental illness.

Produced by Barbara Koople and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the documentary delves into the secrets that have impacted on every member of the Hemingway family. Exploring the challenges Mariel and her daughters face in trying to break away from the families disturbing history, creating a different future from themselves.

Archive footage of Mariels model sister, Maraux Hemingway, paints a detailed picture of the sisters relationship, and shows how growing up with the Hemingway name influenced their lives, for better and worse.

Koople describes that she hopes the film will “give us a new and deeper understanding of the Hemingway family and give those afflicted with depression and mental illness hope for the future.”

‘Running from crazy’ does not explore suicide and mental illness from an informative perspective, but provides a detailed and insightful history of the Hemingways.
words by Isabella Gamble

GOD LOVES UGANDA

Rodger Ross Williams’ ‘God Loves Uganda’ is a emotive documentary, telling the story of how America’s evangelical Christian intervention is majorly influencing Ugandan society.

The narrative focus’s on how extremist preachers and American missionaries forcibly spread the ‘good news’ of the bible in under developed towns and villages within Uganda. Using terminology such as ‘harvesting’ to describe their desire to convert as many believes as possible.

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The documentary tackles the difficult subject matters of homosexuality, AID’s and abortion, including a variety of information and viewpoints, but highlighting the dangerous social and political impacts America’s preachings are having on the third world country, and the economical influences behind it.

This moving documentary is definitely worth seeing, guaranteed to evoke a variety of emotions in any viewer. It’s an eye-opener into a much misunderstood subject matter.
words by Isabella Gamble

THE KINGS OF SUMMER

The Kings of Summer, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, follows the adventure of three teenage boys who are fed up of feeling trapped in their complex but amusing family dynamics. In rebellion, they go on a run-away into the woods together.

The film captures the struggle adolescent boys face in understanding what it means to be ‘a man’ in modern society. They attempt to break away from subordinate masculinity by behaving in a way reflective of mans stereotypical roots, hunting, building, and creating a strong brother-hood like pact.

The plot is filled with a strong sense of nostalgia. The boys struggle with friendship, romance, and their emotions, in a way that we all experienced in our hormone filled teenage years.

The Kings of Summer tackles subjects in a way that is relatable to any teen or adult reminiscing on their youth, but maintains comedic value throughout.
Words by Isabella Gamble

PEACHES DOES HERSELF

The second film of the day is electro-pop opera, ‘Peaches Does Herself.’ Performance artist Peaches is known for being overtly sexual, and this 70 minute production is exactly that. Screen produced by Hau Eins and starring her dance troop, ‘The Father Fuckers,’ alongside a lot of genitalia, hair, blood and latex, the production serves as a reminder that punk and the Riot GRRRL revolution lives on.

It is a modern and engaging take on opera, following Peaches journey, from a girl in her bedroom experimenting with sound, through to her love affair with an etherial she-male, helped and hindered along the way by her not-quite-so fairy godmother. The foul mouthed,  dildo embracing, nipple tassel wearing ‘Naked Cowgirl,’ played by Sandy Kane.

This performance art show is not for the faint-hearted, but if you came to see a sexual, fantastical rock show, that is exactly what you’ll get.

Words by Isabella Gamble