A review from Down Under by Matt Neal, ABC radio film critic, about ELFS’ next film BELFAST:
… the story provides a child’s-eye-view of The Troubles. Branagh stand-in Buddy (Hill) tries to understand why the Catholics and Protestants of his neighbourhood are at war with each other, and the impact living in Belfast is having on his family. … The humour is important. Not only does it lighten the heavy load of the film, but it helps capture the Northern Irish charm, spirit and heart in the face of adversity. Belfast is as much a love letter to a lost youth and a loved city, as it is a snapshot of The Troubles. You will laugh out loud throughout this film, just as you’ll be wowed and even moved to tears. …
Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast is a film about the Troubles that, when you dig into it, isn’t so much about the Troubles at all. A twinkly-eyed childhood memoir – and rigorously fashioned to be an Oscar frontrunner – it’s set during the cold months of 1969, when outbursts of sectarian violence across Northern Ireland marked a change in the air. It’s now recognised as the very start of a three-decade conflict, leaving scars still far from healed.
Get ready for a nice movie night right after your Easter holidays, and this might also be one for your teenage kids.
DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER “is good on the details of the tiny defeats and embarrassments of being an adolescent. … It’s a film that understands that one of the most humiliating experiences in a teenage boy’s world is going shoe-shopping with your mum. … It’s a clear-cut .. dynamic — heavy metal-loving sulky son versus dowdy, knitwear-wearing librarian mum.” (reviewed by Ian Freer in empireonline.com)
** DAYS of the BAGNOLD SUMMER ** ** Thursday 21st April, 8 pm ** ** Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol **