Teenage flicks

The all-new Lights Out! film fes­ti­val is a chance for young film buffs to get closer to the art of film-mak­ing, writes Michael Dwyer

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - film -

IRE­LAND’S NEW na­tional film fes­ti­val for young peo­ple, Lights Out!, opens at the IFI in Dublin on July 12th and runs for eight days. Se­lected films and work­shops from the pro­gramme will go on tour to Dun­dalk, En­nis, Kilkenny, Moate, Youghal and three Co Leitrim lo­ca­tions, Bal­li­namore, Car­rick-on-Shan­non and Manorhamil­ton.

The fes­ti­val is de­signed for au­di­ences aged from five to 16, and the cat­a­logue grades each film in terms of suit­abil­ity for dif­fer­ent age groups.

The open­ing pre­sen­ta­tion is The Fox and the Child (Le Re­nard et l’En­fant), the new ad­ven­ture from March of the Pen­guins di­rec­tor Luc Jac­quet. It draws to­gether two red­heads – a fox and a young girl – for what is de­scribed as “a mag­i­cal, life-chang­ing en­counter”. The film has al­ready reg­is­tered more than two mil­lion ad­mis­sions in France.

The clos­ing film in Dublin on July 19th is The Black Bal­loon, an Aus­tralian com­ing-ofage drama writ­ten and di­rected by Elissa Down. It fea­tures Home and Away vet­eran Rhys Wake­field as a 16-year-old stu­dent put in charge of his autis­tic older brother (Luke Ford) when their fam­ily moves to a new town and their mother (Toni Col­lette) is preg­nant.

The ti­tle char­ac­ter in Bel­gian di­rec­tor Nic Balt­hazar’s well-re­garded Ben X is a young man (Greg Tim­mer­man) liv­ing with Asperger’s Syn­drome. Bul­lied at school, he re­treats into his own world, play­ing an on­line com­puter game in which he acts hero­ically.

Ado­les­cence is a re­cur­ring theme on the fes­ti­val pro­gramme, and ad­dressed in an Ir­ish con­text in writer-di­rec­tor Mar­ian Quinn’s Dublin-set first fea­ture film, 32A. The ti­tle does not re­fer to a bus route but to the bra size of the movie’s 13-year-old pro­tag­o­nist (Ail­ish McCarthy). The adult cast in­cludes Orla Brady, Jared Har­ris, Kate O’Toole and the di­rec­tor’s brother, Aidan Quinn.

Gifted English di­rec­tor Shane Mead­ows re­unites with Thomas Tur­goose, the re­mark­able young lead­ing ac­tor of his pre­vi­ous film, This is Eng­land, for Somers Town. Tur­goose plays a run­away boy who ar­rives in Lon­don and has a chance en­counter with a bored Pol­ish teen (Pi­tor Jagiello) that leads to them pur­su­ing money-mak­ing scams.

The sec­ond fea­ture film from 19-year-old Ira­nian di­rec­tor Hana Makhmal­baf, Bud­dha Col­lapsed Out of Shame is set in Afghanistan when a six-year-old girl in­sists on get­ting an ed­u­ca­tion. In this pointed para­ble, she is ha­rassed by boys play­ing games in which they play Tal­iban roles.

The new film from Kung Fu Hus­tle di­rec­tor Stephen Chow, CJ7, fea­tures Chow as a poor Chi­nese con­struc­tion worker strug­gling to pro­vide for him­self and his young son. He finds what he thinks is a toy but is, in fact, an alien crea­ture with re­gen­er­a­tive pow­ers.

The line-up also in­cludes the en­gag­ing, re­cently re­leased Son of Rambow; Ja­panese di­rec­tor Hayao Miyazaki’s 1988 an­i­mated marvel My Neigh­bour To­toro; and a com­pi­la­tion of clas­sic 1940s car­toons di­rected by such mae­stros as Tex Avery and Chuck Jones.

A panel of 18 young con­sul­tants se­lected two pro­grammes of short films for the fes­ti­val, one for view­ers aged six and over, the other for the 15-plus age group.

Work­shops will cover a five-day prac­ti­cal film-mak­ing course with Film­base, telling a short story through television drama, cre­at­ing an­i­ma­tion flick­books, per­form­ing for the cam­era, and us­ing make-up to cre­ate spe­cial ef­fects.

A scene from CJ7, the new film from Kung Fu Hus­tle di­rec­tor Stephen Chow

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