EIFF Day-by-Day: Wednesday 25 June

25 Jun

Ray Harryhausen

With my Death Defying Acts review for the Evening News sent in, today could be spent watching more films and meeting a living legend.

I started off watching Of Time and the City, director Terence Davies love letter to Liverpool. Archive footage of the city and a highly personal commentary from Davies combine to make this a beautiful ode to a city long gone and yet still going strong, time taking its toll on the man and the streets he knew and loved.

Next up was Dreams with Short Teeth, a documentary about science fiction author Harlan Ellison. Renowned for classic episodes of The Twilight Zone, Star Trek and Babylon 5, as well as a slew of novels, Ellison is a dream subject.

Ellison’s outbursts on the world around him are hilarious and always spot on. Perhaps only of interest if you are a fan of the man, I’d certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in the creative process.

My final festival event of the day was the talk at Cineworld with special effects genius Ray Harryhausen. Infamous for his stop motion filming technique, seen in various Hollywood movies over the years, from Mighty Joe Young to Jason and the Argonauts, this was a great opportunity to hear him discuss his life and career.

Clips were screened, anecdotes remembered and models shown – including one of the skeletons from Jason and the Argonauts – in a two-hour talk that informed and entertained.

Hopefully next year will bring more icons from the world of cinema to town.

Image courtesy EIFF

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