Bath Film Festival 2012

The wonderful Bath Film Festival took place in November and here are all the films I saw. Once again I had a great time at this local festival -- it's well run and contains a great mix of films.

I saw films #1 to #7 below at the festival itself and then #8 onwards played at Bath but I have seen them elsewhere. Including here so you can appreciate the range of films at the festival.

I also attended a BAFTA producer's masterclass presented by Stephen Woolley which was packed with interesting stories, clips and tips.

On the last day it was also the IMDb New Filmmaker Award where the winner was Head Over Hells (2012).
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1.
Robot & Frank (2012)
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Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team. (89 mins.)
Director: Jake Schreier
“ Originally seen at Sundance so this was a re-watch for me so Karen could see it. ” - Col Needham
 
2.
Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962)
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Cleo, a singer and hypochondriac, becomes increasingly worried that she might have cancer while awaiting test results from her doctor. (90 mins.)
Director: Agnès Varda
“ A retrospective screening with a great Q&A hosted by Peter Bradshaw from The Guardian ” - Col Needham
 
3.
Flying Blind (2012)
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A stylish mix of erotic love story and political thriller. Helen McCrory stars as a brilliant aerospace... (93 mins.)
“ Another great film from the iFeatures project ” - Col Needham
 
4.
Barbara (2012)
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A doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital. (105 mins.)
 
5.
Sightseers (2012)
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Chris wants to show girlfriend Tina his world, but events soon conspire against the couple and their dream caravan holiday takes a very wrong turn. (88 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
“ Originally seen at Toronto so another re-watch for Karen. This played very well to the audience in The Little Cinema (where I saw Kill List at last year's festival). ” - Col Needham
 
6.
Death Watch (1980)
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Roddy has a camera implanted in his brain. He is then hired by a television producer to film a documentary of terminally ill Katherine... (130 mins.)
“ Screening of newly restored print ” - Col Needham
 
7.
Quartet (2012)
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At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. (94 mins.)
Director: Dustin Hoffman
“ First of the closing night films! ” - Col Needham
 
8.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
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Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ Sundance ” - Col Needham
 
9.
Amour (2012)
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Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. (127 mins.)
Director: Michael Haneke
“ Cannes ” - Col Needham
 
10.
8 Minutes Idle (2012)
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Based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel about life in a call centre, "Eight Minutes Idle" is a... (86 mins.)
“ UK premiere in Bristol ” - Col Needham
 
11.
End of Watch (2012)
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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves. (109 mins.)
Director: David Ayer
“ Toronto ” - Col Needham
 
12.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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From the Boer War through World War II, a soldier rises through the ranks in the British military. (163 mins.)
 
13.
Duel (1971 TV Movie)
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A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer. (90 mins.)
 
14.
WarGames (1983)
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A young man finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III. (114 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
15.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ Watershed Bristol ” - Col Needham
 
16.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
“ AFI Film Festival LA ” - Col Needham
 
17.
Great Expectations (2012)
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A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor. (128 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ London Film Festival ” - Col Needham
 
18.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
“ Toronto & AFI Fest ” - Col Needham
 
19.
The Hunt (2012)
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A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. (115 mins.)
“ London Film Festival ” - Col Needham
 
20.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
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A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Toronto ” - Col Needham