FILM PLUS Q&A WITH THE FILMMAKERS
June 11 2014. Drinks: 6.30pm. Film starts: 7.00pm
A Little Bird didn’t make it to Cannes this year – or any other year to be frank – but one of the things we loved most about working at a glossy magazine were the trips to various film festivals. Not for the glamour or movie star quotient but for the pleasure of sitting in an intimate cinema and seeing a film we knew nothing about, before reviews, before buzz, before even a word of mouth thumbs-up or down. The films had all been through a selection process to get to the festival, so you knew you were going to see something of value, and they were usually followed by a Q&A session with the filmmakers and/or actors. It’s a wonderful way to discover movies, but hard to do unless you have access to a film festival pass. So what a great idea The Bright Young Things (BYT) Film Club is. The brain child of two film lovers, Bridget Arsenault and Fatima Martinez-Moxon (who both have full time day jobs, Arsenault at Vanity Fair, Martinez-Moxon for the luxury Mexican jewellery company Tane), it delivers the film festival experience, and then some.
BYT Film Club is interested in films made by young, up and coming filmmakers, rather than anything too mainstream, so it’s a great chance to see a hand-picked movie that you might not otherwise see, and certainly well before anyone else (which is always nice). Plus, each film is followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers (though of course you don’t have to stay for this bit). What makes The BYT Film Club really special, though, is the way its been organised, and the attention to detail. So, the venue, The May Fair Hotel, immediately puts you in a good mood. It’s luxurious and chic and just the right size. The cocktails that are on offer as soon as you arrive make you feel even peppier. The BYT Film Club is partners with Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka, so the drinks are taken very seriously, and they keep coming – to you, too, on trays, delivered by really nice waiters. There are snacks, and when you go into the screening room (very comfortable; the right size) there is a paper bag waiting on your seat filled with treats: Propercorn Popcorn, Unoco Coconut Water and a tub of Green & Black’s ice-cream. You get all this for not much more than you’d spend seeing a film and buying a drink at a multiplex. We went last month and lapped up the whole experience. Best of all was seeing the revelatory film, Sweet Dreams, a documentary about a group of women drummers in Rwanda, all of whom have been through the genocide, who form a co-operative to open the country’s first ice-cream parlour. (You must see this film).
This month’s film, which is being screened on June 11th, is entirely different. Called, UWANTME2KILLHIM?, it’s based on a true story which first appeared as a Vanity Fair article by journalist Judy Bachrach. It’s about an unusual friendship between two teenage boys and what happens when they decide to avenge the murder of Rachel, the girl who connects them. The film has already won awards at various festivals, and producer Simon Crocker, screenwriter Mike Waldon and the young star of the film, Toby Regbo, will all be there, and the director, Andrew Douglas and journalist Judy Bachrach will participate in a live Q&A via Skype after the film. Word is, too, that the cocktails are prosecco (by the lovely British brand Scavi and Ray) and peach vodka bellinis. What are you waiting for? Book now!