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Welcome To The Bathtub

After winning both the Grand Jury and Cinematography Prizes at Sundance 2012, it’s fair to say that Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts Of The Southern Wild garnered a fair bit of attention. Having found distribution under the Fox Searchlight banner, the first trailer and poster have been released for what can only be described as one beautiful looking film.

Focusing on central character, Hushpuppy (who I’m already dubbing Little Miss Magnetic), Quvenzhané Wallis plays the six-year-old who lives with her father, Wink, in ‘the bathtub’, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Sundance’s description goes on to tell us the following:

‘Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unravelling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack – temperatures rise and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother.’

With no UK release date as of yet, Beasts Of The Southern Wild will hit the US on the 27th June. Check out the trailer and poster below. The wait for an international release is already hurting me.

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Sundance 2012 Film Festival Awards

Ahhh, Sundance. The Festival I wish I knew more about to make me sound cooler. This was the first year I’ve watched the Awards and it definitely gives you a real sense of the incredible humility and appreciation every single recipient had for the opportunity to even be considered as an applicant – something that a lot of other ceremonies could learn a lot from. Speeches were requested to remain short so that everyone could meet in the bar afterwards and amongst them came the gem, “thank you and have a lot of sex”, from one of the screenwriters of Young & Wild. Priceless.

The unfortunate illness Parker Posey was struck down with led to a rather off the cuff, spontaneous show thanks to John Cooper (who could be Ed Helms’ flamboyant brother) and Katie Aselton, but the 2012 Awards weren’t all sweetness and light due to a very moving tribute to the late Bingham Ray that opened the ceremony. Cooper struggled to keep it together, proving what an incredibly supportive family Sundance is and how they look after their own, Ray’s ‘poker partners’ providing anecdotes for the tribute.

Some very interesting projects and impressive talents were brought to the forefront during this year’s Festival and I pray we get to see a lot of them achieve distribution. Oh, and lastly, Malik Bendjelloul may be my new favourite person.

Check out the winners below (I’ve put all the Grand Jury winners at the end), as I’m sure it’s not the last we’ve heard from a lot of them: Continue reading