It’s that time of year when many of us like to settle down to watch a festive film so we thought we’d ask our students for some alternative suggestions to the typical fare shown over Christmas and they’ve come up with some crackers!
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, directed by Peter R. Hunt - 1969
Editing MA student, Conor Meechan: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” is the rogue bullet in the Bond canon, presenting a scaling down of gadgetry and stripping James Bond of his treasured masculinity. The Alpine photography is stunning and the ice cold finale remains true to the Fleming novel.” The film soundtrack also includes “Do you know how Christmas trees are grown?” by Nina.
Carol, directed by Todd Haynes - 2015
Henry Young, Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing Diploma student: “The film plays out against the backdrop of Christmas and New Year, and the beautiful images created by Ed Lachman A.S.C. make you feel warm and cosy inside - just like any good Christmas film.”
Love and Peace, directed by Sion Sono – 2015
Giada Liu, Film Studies, Programming and Curation MA student: “My favourite alternative Christmas film would be Love and Peace by the Japanese director Sion Sono. It tells a fantastic Christmas fable about a wish-realising turtle and how it grows bigger and bigger as the protagonist's wishes come true. The film depicted an alternative imagination of Santa, while showing a deep reflection on greed and loneliness. A refreshing family film that kids would see more of the fantasy and the adults more of the allegory.”
Hook, directed by Stephen Spielberg - 1991
Briony Tanner, Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition MA student: “Just reminds me of being a kid and the family getting together to watch the film. I now watch the film each year with my daughter.”
Dans Paris, directed by Christophe Honoré - 2006
Carine Hejazi, Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition MA student: “A story about two brothers before Christmas at their father's house in the course of a day. The eldest, played by Romain Duris, has just moved back home after a break up and spends the day in bed, depressed while the younger (Louis Garrel) merrily goes from girl to girl.”
Labryinth, directed by Jim Henson - 1986
Stephanie Bradshaw, Assistant Directing and Floor Managing Diploma student: “Labyrinth reminds me of my childhood and watching this over and over! David Bowie and his tight pants are legendary!”
In Bruges, directed by Martin McDonagh - 2008
In Bruges is recommended by both Directing Fiction MA student, Ben Hunter, and Sound Design MA student, Odinn Ingibergsson. Ben picks it for its irreverent quote: "You're an inanimate f***ing object" and Odinn because “it is set in a beautiful fairytale-esque old town and Brendan Gleeson's character is warm and forgiving, just like Santa(!)”
Bad Santa, directed by Terry Zwigoff - 2003
Bad Santa also gets two recommendations. Film Studies, Programming and Curation MA student, Roberto Gonzalez loves it for its “irreverence” and Editing MA student, Stella Heath Keir picks this quote: “Next, goddammit. This is not the DMV, alright? Move it along” and describes Billy Bob Thornton’s character as “the best scrooge there ever was!”
Fanny and Alexander, directed by Ingmar Bergman - 1982
Producing MA student, Ludovico Zanette: “Fanny and Alexander is not only one of the director's masterpieces, but it also features one of the most wonderful and fascination representation of the Christmas celebrations. The way Bergman manages to capture the spirit of Christmas from the prospective of his two young protagonists, while at the same time showing the tension, jealousy, and conflict within the family is unique and unparalleled.”
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, directed by Larry Roemer - 1964
Katia Lom, Directing Animation MA student: “Under the guise of a children's film, this movie is truly an allegory. With a gay elf and a reindeer with a shining red nose as protagonists this film highlights the issues raised by the civil rights and gay rights movement in the US and is an anthem to how being different is a gift and is the makeup of society and community. In light of the current political and cultural climates around the world, this film is more pertinent than ever!”
Scrooged, directed by Richard Donner – 1988
Directing Commercials Diploma student, William Markarian-Martin picks Scrooged simply: “Because Bill Murray!”
Merry Christmas from everyone at NFTS!