Sunday, February 19, 2006

the BAFTAs

Just been watching the BAFTA's on tv. Stephen Fry was funny/surreal as ever - I'm not sure how many of the American's in the audience 'got' his humour. Oh well.

Of the five films up for best film I'd seen three of them - Crash, Good Night and Good Luck and the Constant Gardener (never got round to blogging about that one). I've yet to see (the much talked about, and rather successful) 'Brokeback Mountain' or 'Capote'.

But for me, as for a number of people in the audience it seemed, the best/most moving bit of the evening was the acceptance speech by the winner of the BAFTA Fellowship, David Puttnam. He was producer on all number of great films, including 'The Mission' and 'Chariots of Fire'. Amongst the moving things he said during his speech, he spoke of the power of films to heal, to speak into people's lives, into the parts of people's lives they consider secret, hidden from the rest of the world. I think this is so true.

I can hardly remember the number of times I've been in tears watching films. I don't get emotional because of soppy love stories (as beautiful as the may be), rather, on reflection, I think I get emotional when something in a film resonates with what I consider to be important in life. I blogged about some of this a while ago. It still stands.

Basically, I think what I'm saying, is that I like films. I like stories in films. I like stories which resonate with me, and who I am.


Youthblog said...


definitely agree about films that resonate ... although I still prefer happy endings on the whole.
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andrew said...

Hi Phil,

Seeing as we're back in Sheffield, for now, I thought I'd drop by your blog and say "Hello!" : )


Roy said...

missing your posts Phil - hope you are well.