Bestival have released their line up for this years festival, with a range of films from Yellow Submarine to Pulp Fiction. Here’s the press release:
Having recently unveiled an alluring array of alternative Bestival pleasures including The Grand Palace of Entertainment, the Slumbarave, Time for Tease, the Knees Up Tent, Mazy’s Art Club, Club Dada and myriad sideshows and micro-venues, we are now very proud to announce a rather fine selection of silver screen treats to keep you entertained. Celebrating the very best in moving pictures and sound, we’ve got it all from out and out classics to cutting edge cinematography as the Nomad Cinema, theBranchage Film Festival Takeover, the Lost Picture Show and the amazing Sol Cinema join us at Robin Hill Country Park from 6-9 September.
Rob da Bank says: “2012 may well be the year of Wildflife at Bestival – it’s also the year of cinema down on the site… Our amazing partners Nomad have come up with such a strong bill from the classic Yellow Submarine to the Chemical Brothers insanely good film Don’t Think not forgetting two cracking double bills from David Lynch and Quentin Tarantino. If that wasn’t enough for any cinephile add in some superb soundtrack cinema from our mates in Jersey, Branchage plus the beautiful Lost Picture Show and Sol Cinema dropping by. Just make sure you remember to catch some bands too!”
Pioneers of the migratory movie experience, The Nomad Cinema brings magical and carefully curated film happenings to wide-eyed audiences of all ages and sizes at an inspiring range of beautiful, curious and downright strange screening locations, so we’re over the moon that they’re coming to Bestival with a selection of guilt-edged cinematic greats for your delectation.
Psychedelic animated treasure Yellow Submarine will kick off the first of Nomad’s twilight double bills in all its vibrant animated Technicolor glory on Thursday evening, giving Bestival-goers a unique opportunity to see one of the defining music films of the last century on the big screen. Following hard on its heels will be the thumping dance beats of Don’t Think documenting the Chemical Brothers’ outstanding Fuji Rock set, with a special introduction by the film’s director Adam Smith.
Friday’s double bill comes courtesy of Quentin Tarantino, who single-handedly breathed life back into John Travolta’s career and accomplished what many would consider impossible; two classics in two years. Beginning the screening with the iconic and endlessly quotable Pulp Fiction and finishing with the near faultlessReservoir Dogs, where Tarantino first proved his mastery of the marriage of soundtrack and dialogue: no one will ever forget Mr Blonde talking into that ear…
Saturday sees a brace of renowned graphic novels being tackled by the film world, warming up with Zack Snyder’s faithful retelling of the most popular graphic novel of all time; Watchmen. Truly a sight to behold, Watchmen might not have been able to appease all the fanboys but it’s definitely worth checking out. Completing the evening’s entertainment is Sin City which brought the graphic novel into the public eye in a more dramatic way than ever before. Directed by Robert Rodriguez who also worked with the novel’s creator Frank Miller, the film delves into the seedy world of prostitution, late night dingy bars, unsettled squabbles and dark revenge.
Nomad Cinema close their series with a rare double bill from David Lynch, high priest of midnight weirdness.
“It makes me uncomfortable to talk about meanings and things. It’s better not to know so much about what things mean. Because the meaning, it’s a very personal thing, and the meaning for me is different than the meaning for somebody else.” – Lynch
Keep these wise words in mind, with these you will survive any Lynch film. Beginning with the near impossible to explain cult screen gem Mulholland Drive, a film that has provoked hundreds of interpretations the most common being that it is a series of dream sequences, and ending with the utterly unforgettable Blue Velvet, which will leave you dazzled by Isabella Rossellini and spellbound by Dennis Hopper, it will be a night of truly compelling big screen pleasures.
We are also delighted to be welcoming guest programmers Branchage to contribute to our diverse and exciting film line-up, with the Branchage Film Festival Takeover. Branchage is a young, ambitious and imaginative film festival in Jersey, renowned for its cutting-edge commissions and creative programming. The festival specialises in site-specific live sound-tracking, music and film screenings. So we’re very excited that they will present both a daytime and late night takeover of the brilliant Lost Picture Show.
This ‘Branchage Best Of’ will include mind-bending psychedelic live movie soundtracks with Teeth of the Sea exploring an audio-visual relationship with 2001: A Space Odyssey and Bo Ningen playing to the Manga inspired anime Cat Soup. There’s also a daytime folk special with the Memory Band playing tracks from classic British films such as The Wicker Man, and This Is The Kit playing to a BFI National Archive programme of films from 1912. Plus a live radio show by Jonny Trunk and some raucous cine-literate comedy to boot.
Chris Bell, Branchage Special Events Programmer said: “We’re over the moon to be collaborating with Bestival and we’ve come up with a really cool, diverse bunch of events. A big thanks to Lost Picture Show who are kindly letting us take over their tent for some of the weekend.”
And, speaking of the Lost Picture Show, they invite you to rest your weary wandering legs, sink into a mountain of velvet cushions and enjoy a film programme that spans the very best of the past century – quite literally the greatest films of all time!
Over three days and nights, you’ll be taken on a journey from the Victorian experiments of Georges Méliès to the slick Hollywood product of today, via 20s musicals, 60s psychedelia and 70s schlock horror; Buster Keaton, Marilyn Monroe, David Lynch, Werner Herzog and many, many more.
Some of the treats in store include live rescores, deranged documentaries, very special live performances and an array of wildlife-inspired cinematic oddities. What would you like to see at Bestival? Let Lost Picture Show know on their Facebook page.
Last but by no means least in Bestival’s celluloid adventures is The Sol Cinema, a micro movie house powered entirely by the sun. This super cute retro-styled picture house holds just eight people at a time, showing everything from independent short films about the environment and music videos to silly snippets of quirky nonsense and everything in between. Each audience has their own specially selected film viewing curated live by the Sol Cinema team.
But that’s not all, as we have two chances to showcase your short film at Bestival! Firstly, we’re looking for an outstanding short film to help us Keep Bestival Green and Tidy. The winning film will be shown over the weekend on the main stage and the filmmaker will win a pair of tickets to Bestival. More info is available here.
Secondly, we’re looking for funny, inspiring, uplifting, vintage, political, or just plain daft films to show in our micro solar powered cinema Sol Cinema. If you’ve made a flick that fits the bill then go here to find out more!
All The Acts Announced So far:
Live Performances From: Stevie Wonder / Florence + The Machine / New Order / The xx / Sigur Rós / Friendly Fires / Nero / 2manydjs – Live / Soulwax / Justice / Two Door Cinema Club / Hot Chip / Miike Snow / Bat For Lashes / Emeli Sandé / Orbital / Frank Ocean / SBTRKT / Warpaint / De La Soul / Roots Manuva / Major Lazer / Sister Sledge / Gary Numan / The Horrors / Spiritualized / Death In Vegas / Doom / Ben Howard / Michael Kiwanuka / Sub Focus / Azealia Banks / Alabama Shakes / Kevin Saunderson Feat. Inner City Live / John Foxx And The Maths / Gallows / Rizzle Kicks / Buraka Som Sistema / Sage Francis / Grimes / Bellowhead / Earth Wind & Fire Experience Feat Al Mckay / Django Django / Little Dragon / Gold Panda / Adam Ant & The Good, The Mad And The Lovely Posse / The Cuban Brothers / Top Cat Featuring Sir Coxsone Outernational / Chairlift / Iceage / Ren Harvieu / John Talabot / Lianne La Havas / Delilah / First Aid Kit / Gesaffelstein / Daughter / Zulu Winter / Ane Brun / Friends / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / King Khan And The Shrines / The Japanese Popstars / Chas & Dave / Dub Pistols / Factory Floor / Charli XCX / Errors / Lucy Rose / Skepta / Alunageorge / Sunless 97 / Congo Natty / King Krule / Toy / Kindness / Dirty Beaches / Drums Of Death / Jessie Ware / Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard / General Levy / Slagsmålsklubben / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / Field Music / Jinja Safari / Kawa Circus / B.Dolan’s Church Of Love & Ruin / 02:54 / Evian Christ / Frankie Rose / Porcelain Raft / Milagres / Three Bonzos & A Piano / Prince Fatty / Liz Green / Trailer Trash Tracys / Forest Swords / Willis Earl Beal / Murkage / Alt-J / The Staves / Skinny Lister / Josh Kumra / Ryan Keen / Stay+ / Jamie N Commons / Nina Nesbitt / Bigkids / Gabrielle Aplin / Kwes / Diagrams / Fiction / Turbowolf / Mary Epworth / Wet Nuns / Misty’s Big Adventure / This Is The Kit / Stealing Sheep / Clock Opera / Young British Artists / Patterns / Ghost Outfit / L.A. Salami / To Kill A King / Dingus Khan / Crowns / Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo / Parma Violets / Gorgeous George / Subgiant / Heath:Ward / Laurel Collective /Jake Bugg /Ahab / Gecko / Model Society / Tom Williams And The Boat / The Other Tribe / Daytona Lights / Biederbeck / Valentine Gray / Charley Macaulay / Sky Sphere / Blackhouse Crow / The Lovely Eggs / St Spirit / Charming / Alonestar / Shepherds / Cherishport / Seán McGowan / A Way Of Life / This Way Up / The Widowmaker
DJs Sets From Rob da Bank and Friends: Annie Mac Presents / Skream & Benga / Four Tet B2B Caribou / The 2 Bears / David Rodigan MBE Presents Ram Jam / Jamie xx / Dirtybird Showcase Feat. Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin & Eats Everything / François K / Moodymann / Gilles Peterson / Redlight / DJ Yoda / Maya Jane Coles / Brodinski / Scuba / Kavinsky / Julio Bashmore / LTJ Bukem /Shy FX / Plastician / Matador / Greg Wilson / Adamski / Doctor P / The Nextmen / MC Wrec / Pearson Sound / Borgore / Flux Pavilion / Mark Jones (BTTP) / Max Cooper / Gemini / Krystal Klear / Pangaea / Reggae Roast / Billy Daniel Bunter / Pariah / Trolley Snatcha / Krafty Kuts / Warm & Electric Minds / Scratch Perverts / Koan Sound / Camo & Krooked / Giles Smith & James Priestley (Secretsundaze) / Mosca / Numbers Showcase: Oneman B2B Jackmaster, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho / B Traits / Dismantle / Killaflaw / Gutterslut / Ben UFO / Melé / PBR Streetgang / Jaguar Skills & His Amazing Friends / Drums Of Death / Blawan / Frank Tope / Leo Zero / Evian Christ / Girl Unit / Zomboy / Luv*Jam / Dr Alex Paterson / Chris Coco / Pete Gooding / Phil Mison / Duff Disco / Sonnyji Presents Bang Bhang / Danny Whitehead / Mixmaster Morris / Rev Milo Speedwagon / Graeme Fisher (Balearic) / DJ Cable / Foamo / Shepdog / The Shellac Collective / Flying White Dots / DJ Charge / Hip Hop Karaoke / DJ@War / Pathaan / Mojo Filter / Fear Of Theydon / Tythe / Sink The Pink / George B / Kaf-Tan / Ben Hoo