Filmmaking

A Climate Scientist Gets Elected. My Risk Pays Off.

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 06/02/2013 - 12:52

When, on the night of Tuesday 14th May, the results came in for the 2013 election in British Columbia in Canada, it marked the end of what seemed like a very long journey for me.

Around six months earlier, I started documenting University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver's run for election to the provincial legislature. Initially, Weaver's vocal criticism of Canada's record on climate change was what piqued my interest in his campaign.

Crowning Glory For The King's Speech at 2011 Oscars

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sun, 02/27/2011 - 21:16

Surprise! David Fincher didn't win the Best Director award. But King Colin (pictured above, arriving with Livia Giuggioli for the Oscars ceremony) did exactly as everyone predicted, winning the Best Actor award.

It was a night for The King's Speech, which took the top awards for Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and of course, Best Actor, making it a solid 4 wins out of 12 nominations.

Will the Real 3D Experience Please Stand Up

Submitted by Dylan Matthew on Mon, 12/20/2010 - 23:26

A few nights ago I went with a couple of friends to see the new Narnia film in 3D. I found the film a bit disappointing, but overall it’s a pleasant enough way to pass a couple of hours. It’s better than the last effort, but is essentially undemanding entertainment with the dots joined up in predictable fashion and it has a couple of decent scenes.

Two More Films From VIFF: Honeymoons and Pulsar

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Sat, 10/09/2010 - 13:20

I caught a couple of last-minute, random films this week at the Vancouver International Film Festival. On Wednesday evening, I saw a Serbian-Albanian co-production Honeymoons (Medeni Mesec) - another sardonic title although not as dark as Russian film My Joy (which I reviewed earlier). The action parallels two separate stories revolving around weddings in neighbouring countries where the main characters are trying to escape to the West.