Cardiff filmmaker Jay Bedwani made has been acclaimed for his powerful documentary 'My Mother', which won Best UK Short at the Iris Prize Festival in 2013.
This was his first dip into documentary filmmaking, and he has followed up his great start by going on to make more films, which include 'Quixotic Player' in 2015, and 'Pink Suede Shoes' earlier this year.
Jay is currently living in San Francisco, California, but (lucky for us!) has gladly managed to take time from his busy schedule to share with us his experiences of Edinburgh Film Festival 2016...
It’s easy to let most film festivals pass by in a blur of beer and socialising, but the schedule at Edinburgh International Film Festival is so good that I was determined not to let that happen.
Edinburgh hosts some charming independent cinemas, with Filmhouse being the most popular. That’s where I started, with Mom and Me, directed by the charismatic Ken Wardop, keeping me transfixed. I could blame it on the red wine, but it moved me to tears. A touching, offbeat and at times very amusing exploration of Oklahoma men and their relationships with their mums. Although some of the subjects appear on screen just fleetingly, they talk with such intimacy that it’s impossible not to be drawn into their complex relationships. From the disabled teenager and his overprotective mum, to the touching portrait of a middle aged man guiding his mother through Alzheimer’s disease, we see this unique bond through many different angles. Every shot is composed with care, and his subjects relate with such candour that I wanted this to play on and on.
This was my first time at Edinburgh Film Festival. Set amongst an architecturally stunning cityscape, with a varied and inspiring selection of films and some very congenial hosts, this has everything I love about indie film festivals in spades. I’m looking forward to coming back again.
You can watch Android in La La Land (followed by a Q+A with Rob Alexander) on the 10th of August at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff. Tickets available here.