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BFI London Film Festival: EVERYDAY


EVERYDAY (yes, all caps as seems to be the way everyone is writing it) is the latest film from Michael Winterbottom, the director of 24 Party People, Cock and Bull Story and the truly fantastic The Trip TV series.
Suffice to say my expectations were high going into this especially considering the inclusion of John Simm, Shirley Henderson and the intriguing idea of filming over the course of 5 years.

The story follows a family who are struggling to move on with life and cope with the absence of their father, Simm, who is incarcerated for an unspecified crime. I say story but there isn’t really a story at all. It’s more of a snapshot of life in this family and the relationship between the two parents over a certain period of time. You watch as Henderson struggles with 4 children, the boys of which are fast becoming independent and at times troublesome, trying just to get through the days bringing them up while making regular visits to their father in prison and trying to find her own identity without him. It’s certainly not a criticism that the film has no real story. In fact, that’s the film’s biggest strength; somehow the mundane becomes interesting and gripping even though its just, well, life. The lack of a script means the dialogue is very realistic and Winterbottom’s very ‘observing’ style of shooting makes for very accessible viewing, almost like you’re being invited to sit in on the family. The performances are excellent although the children, at least in the early stages, really are getting getting upset or making jokes or reacting to situations.

It’s endlessly watchable stuff and I could certainly watch another 5 years worth of the family’s life.

EVERYDAY is not getting a full theatrical release but will be shown on Channel 4 later this year so there’s no excuse not to see this. It’s free!

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The other night I finally got round to watching the documentary ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’.
It’s a fascinating look into the big man’s world and really showed more than I expected from what was essentially a behind the scenes of his tour he undertook across America after leaving NBC.
It showed, quite openly, how much he was obviously hurt by the experience but more importantly how he just couldn’t let that stop him performing, entertaining or joking around for people whether it was for a room consisting of his incredibly sweet, hard working assistant and Andy Richter or for several thousand at the Bonaroo festival.
The reasons for this constant need to do this seemed to be a mixture of pure built in energy, addiction to the buzz from an audience and a quite noble view that if the people had come then they should get what they want. Whether that meant signing autographs, posing for pictures, chatting, joking or whatever; as long as the people went away happy, his job was done. Sometimes at the expense of his own sanity.

It’s a great film and I highly recommend it as an insight into the mad life of a entertainer who treats people how he would expect to be treated. Even if that wasn’t the case with a certain network.