I am counting down the weeks until Bradford International Film Festival returns to the National Media Museum. Last year I attended several events at the festival and formed some wonderful memories and had some very insightful experiences. I watched Mark Kermode interviewing the sensational Ray Winstone about his career and reflections upon it. Winstone proved to be a very open and fascinating interviewee with Mark Kermode asking all the right questions. I was privileged to then enjoy a screening of That Summer; an early film that featured Winstone. Not only that but I was also treated to an introduction by the director himself, Harley Cokeliss.
The highlight of the festival, for me, was seeing Mark Kermode perform with his skiffle band, the Dodge Brothers. The highly talented and entertaining ensemble accompanied the thoroughly enjoyable silent film Beggars of Life. So, unsurprisingly, I was thrilled today to find out that the Dodge Brothers will be returning to Bradford Film Festival in April. This time they will be accompanying the not particularly well known The Ghost that Never Returns. A soviet film from 1929 that, in the words of Kermode himself, “once seen, will never be forgotten.”
Bradford Film Festival was my first experience of any sort of film festival. Now, one year on, I can not wait to go back. Not only are there countless things to do and explore at the National Media Museum, but the festival is filled with an excitement and enthusiasm that rubs off on everybody. I thoroughly urge you to check out what’s going on at the festival. Have a look at the website and keep checking back over the following weeks as more and more will be revealed as the event draws closer. I, for one, can not wait.
Thanks for reading and let’s all keep supporting our beloved film industry.