Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates 20th an­niver­sary

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Woody Allen’s Blue Jas­mine. Seem­ingly all she has to do is turn up at the Os­cars and she’s guar­an­teed to win as Best Ac­tress.

There is talk that the BAFTAs, SAG awards and the Globes don’t amount to much in the crys­tal ball-gaz­ing fra­ter­nity of folk who spend much of their pro­fes­sional lives fran­ti­cally fore­cast­ing and en­er­get­i­cally gos­sip­ing over who will or won’t get what. And if that is the case then what price our own red car­pet and the lu­mi­nar­ies that at­tend?

I dis­agree that the BAFTAs are point­less or a poor in­di­ca­tor of where the Os­cars will go. There was some­thing in­trigu­ing about last Sun­day’s awards and much of it was down to the di­vide be­tween old and new.

Old was rep­re­sented by “tra­di­tional” film­mak­ing in the form of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and David O Rus­sell’s Amer­i­can Hus­tle. The stars from both films were present. So were the people be­hind Grav­ity – “new” film­mak­ing that made the best of some eye-pop­pingly im­pres­sive tech­nol­ogy.

As the night wore on so awards were dis­trib­uted evenly with Grav­ity pick­ing up some of the key tech­ni­cal gongs whilst McQueen’s un­com­fort­able por­trait of white-on-black sub­ju­ga­tion won best film and best ac­tor for Chi­we­tel Ejio­for. Rus­sell’s pic­ture had to be con­tent with best sup­port­ing ac­tress (for Jennifer Lawrence), best orig­i­nal screen­play and best make-up. I Rus­sell will fare bet­ter at the Os­cars on March 2.

Gone are the days when movies would sweep the boards. Now it is in­cum­bent on vot­ers to recog­nise the huge changes in the in­dus­try. Grav­ity has proved that. But on the night it may yet be tra­di­tional movie-mak­ing that tri­umphs. FULL de­tails of this year’s Brad­ford In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val will be an­nounced next week.

Or­ganiers have al­ready con­firmed Frank Cot­trell Boyce , who scripted the 2012 Olympic open­ing cer­e­mony, will head­lines the Film­mak­ers’ Weekend and Bri­tish film­maker Sally Pot­ter will be host­ing an af­ter­noon tea dur­ing the fes­ti­val which runs from March 27 to April. How­ever, the full pro­gramme will be re­vealed to the pub­lic on Wed­nes­day. For full de­tails go to www. brad­ford­film­fes­ti­val.org.uk

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