EIFF 2011 - Five to try: Conflict and Reportage

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EIFF Five to try: Conflict and Reportage

Our picks for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's outsider strands

Frontline Club: Martin Bell presents Salvador

Broadcasting and politics’ ‘man in the white suit’ says of this event: ‘I tend to walk out of films about wars that I reported on. I walked out of Oliver Stone’s Salvador when I first saw it in 1986, so that’s why it will be interesting to revisit it. I remember he satirised a female reporter I know in the film and made her out to be stupid when she wasn’t. Maybe time will force me to reassess my opinion of the film.’
Filmhouse, Sat 25 Jun, 12.15pm.

Hell and Back Again

Filmmaker Danfung Dennis followed a US Marine company as they launched a major bloody assault on the Taliban in southern Afghanistan, but it’s what happens afterwards that is the real killer. This powerful documentary is new artistic director James Mullighan’s hot tip for the festival.
Festival Theatre, 7.30pm, Sat 25 Jun (veteran’s screening) & George Square Theatre, Sun 26 Jun, 4pm.

The Bang Bang Club

UK premiere of this drama based on the memoir of two photo-journalists. Ryan Phillippe stars.
Filmhouse, Tue 21 Jun, 10.10pm & Sat 25 Jun, 7.50pm.

Frontline Club: Future of War Reporting

Leading photojournalists Danfung Dennis, Teru Kawayama and Balazs Gardi discuss and demonstrate how technology is changing conflict reportage.
Filmhouse, Sun 26 Jun, 12.15pm.

Frontline Club: Inigo Gilmore – Covering Conflict

Martin Bell in conversation with award-winning independent war journalist Gilmore.
Festivalhouse@Teviot – Debating Hall, Fri 24 Jun, 5.15pm.

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.

Hell and Back Again

  • 3 stars
  • 2010
  • US / UK / Afghanistan
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Danfung Dennis

Photojournalist Dennis's documentary follows US Army Sgt Nathan Harris on the front line in Afghanistan, his attempt to readjust to civilian life, and his relationship with his family. Although sketchy and impressionistic in places, its best moments rank it with Restrepo as an exceptional documentary about an often…

The Bang Bang Club

  • 2010
  • Canada / South Africa
  • 1h 53min
  • Directed by: Steven Silver
  • Cast: Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe, Frank Rautenbach, Neels Van Jaarsveld, Malin Åkerman, Patrick Lyster, Russel Savadier

: Conflict | reportage Based on the memoir of two members of the eponymous club of photojournalists Joao Silva and Greg Marinovich The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, and starring Ryan Phillippe, the exhilarating story explores the motivations of war correspondents and questions when the camera should stop…

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