Let’s All Be Free Film Festival begins tomorrow, pretty much doing what it says on the tin. An exploration of the nature of freedom, and what it means to different people, told through a series of short films, it’s also appropriately free of charge.
The festival opening night gala will include a screening of documentary Between Two Worlds by Dutch director Marijn Poels, who made eight films in one year portraying eight different developing nations in crisis. This will then be followed by a Q&A with Poels and artistic director of the festival, Tariq Nasir, and a complimentary drinks reception.
The remainder of the festival will be given over to a mixture of short fiction and documentary films, among them BAFTA-nominated The Voorman Problem, starring Martin Freeman as a doctor examining Tom Hollander’s prisoner who believes himself to be a god, followed by a Q&A with director Mark Gill. Also catch Belgium science-fiction film A Better World, which gets its UK premiere at the festival, in which a dedicated citizen of a ruthless dictatorship finds himself adrift once the regime collapses.
The documentary subjects range from the serious, such as Gariteros, a film examining those risking their lives in Argentina by working in security fields, to the more frivolous. The gloriously-titled Tits looks at women’s right to be topless in public, while More Than Ice Cream, a story of a 90-year-old ice cream salesman in Hong Kong sounds like just the sort of warm character portrait that plays well at festivals. And if you’re in need of a little winding down after the festival, there’s a closing night party at the Phoenix Artist Club on Sunday night.
Let’s All Be Free Film Festival runs 5-7 April at the Brunei Gallery at the School of Oriental and African Studies, near Russell Square. Tickets can be reserved from the website.