Brits screened out
Quite a few national noses are out of joint at Cannes this year because certain countries have been shut out of the festival competition for the Palme d’Or, among them Italy, Spain, Australia and Britain. The unkind joke doing the rounds on the Croisette is that the only British film to screen in the Grand Auditorium of the Festival Palais this year is the home movie made by the Rowan Atkinson character and inadvertently shown at the Cannes festival in a sequence from the recent Mr Bean’s Holiday.
Still, the president of the festival jury is British, for only the second time in the event’s history. The first was Dirk Bogarde in 1984, and this year it’s director Stephen Frears, fresh from his success with
This week Frears recalled making the 1997 TV documentary, A Personal History of the British Cinema. call it Bollocks to Truffaut, but Channel 4 wouldn’t allow me.” His original title was prompted by François Truffaut’s observation that there was “a certain incompatibility between the terms ‘cinema’ and ‘British’.”