Yes, perhaps we should be working harder on our headlines…
This, however, is unlikely to taint them in the eyes of the viewing public, few of whom will have made it to Cannes, Venice or Berlin this year. As Artistic director, Sandra Sandra Hebron told Screen International, "This is primarily a festival for our audience."
The critics may have seen it all before, but this is a festival for the people, and it’s giving them what they want, an eclectic mix of the best films from around the world.
For us, the London Film Festival is mostly an interesting way to see how the British critic mass, who can differ sharply in opinion from our regular round of US critics, reacts to the big festival films of the year. Plus, we do love to see critics blog, and there are at least three options out there: the London Times‘ has a current favorite fest blog here, while the Guardian and Empire magazine are also going at it here and here.
In real life, of course, hell-raising rock chick Courtney Love dropped a bombshell this summer when she announced not only that she had had drug-fuelled romps with Coogan, but also that she was going to have his love child. Steve was "a fucking sex addict", she said. "And has a major substance problem."
So, I ask, does he remember anyone called Courtney? "Let me just say something before that," he says. "The Guardian tends to have its cake and eat it. It waits for the tabloids to dish the dirt and then it talks about the tabloids dishing the dirt while enjoying it themselves. So put that in."
Right – I have done. Now, does he remember anyone called Courtney? "Yes, I do remember someone called Courtney but I’m not prepared to talk about it because I don’t talk about those kind of things."
Also see Sylvie Simmons piece on "You’re Gonna Miss Me," Keven McAlester’s doc on Texan band The 13th Floor Elevators, credited with inventing psychedelic rock, and their glorious wreck of a lead singer, Roky Erickson.
+ What’s the motivation? (Guardian)