Editorial – Post-Festival Blues


We reach the halfway point with our ten film examination of this year’s London Film Festival today. The festival itself closes later tonight with a screening of John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks, but for the me it ended somewhat abruptly and unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, as I missed the 1am bus back to London on Friday morning for one planned last run! While a shame (especially so once the general reaction came out of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave) content wise I caught more than enough to complete the task at hand. Articles will run thru Tuesday on the site, while a broader round up will feature in the next Periodical, courtesy of Craig Williams.Ordinarily in the wake of a major festival I’m left feeling with a real case of the post-festival blues. While strictly a lonesome moviegoer for much of the year (in a previous life, whilst working for an international film festival I garnered the nickname of the “reclusive cinephile” from a boss, such was my preference for being alone when watching films) the come down from daily screenings with a pack of like minded individuals is really quite something.

Mid-LFF tho I was offered a glimpse of hope en-route to my return to normality: the Leeds International Film Festival offered me a place on their festival jury. The festival begins next month, and I’m honoured and excited to be in such a position. 2013 has been a great year for the site, and this is the perfect end capper.

On a similar note, the arrival this week of Matt Zoller Seitz’s new book on the work of Wes Anderson for review helped to distract from any woes. It’s a beautiful piece of work, one worthy of it’s very particular subject, and will be looked at in greater detail on the site this week. I’ll also be at the premiere of the new Thor movie mid-week, so keep an eye on the site for a review forthwith.

Adam Batty – Editor

Further Reading – The LFF award winners.
This week’s Criticwire Survey. On game-changers.

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