Features - Reverse Shot | My London Film Education by Julien Allen
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Social media has transformed the discussion: we see the signs of a genuine film community in Britain now, largely active online and being led by the regions, with notable festivals—Edinburgh, Leeds, Bradford, Cambridge, Sheffield docs, Bristol silents—gaining vital word of mouth from year to year and pop-up screenings such as Secret Cinema, Joanna Hogg’s A Nos Amours, the new ArtHouse in Crouch End, and the devoted Badlands Collective (who recently screened The Long Day Closes with a riotous guest appearance by Terence Davies, and are currently keeping Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D alive on British screens). The improving stature of the London Film Festival (which though based at BFI, uses screens all over the City to showcase its venues) testifies not to a renewal—there was not much to renew—but to the gestation of a tangible, organically proud, and democratically accessible film culture. The time will soon come to revive the revival houses.