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'Festival' is a black comedy set during the annual Edinburgh Fringe festival. The film is based around both the judging of a major comedy award and the performers at one of the smaller venues. Various plot strands interweave, including the bitter relationship between a famous self-obsessed British comic and his ever-suffering assistant, an actress debuting at the festival with a one-woman show about Dorothy Wordsworth and a depressed, rich housewife who spies on the stoned Canadian theatre troupe to whom she has rented out her house. Written by
There's some nice sly comedy in Annie Griffin's film 'Festival', about the Edinburgh Fringe, and an ambitious storyline following numerous different characters, but also a lot of clichés. Now the Edinburgh festival may be one place where all the old clichés are actually true, but they're not leavened here by any true sympathy for the creative process. Watching stuff at the fringe can be excruciating, but it can also leave one gasping in amazement at what can be achieved, and some of the material is pretty professional: by not acknowledging that, this film fails to really earn its right to the cheaper shots. An unremarkable movie.
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