Looking over my final list I’ve noticed a conspicuous absence of documentaries, which isn’t to say that there weren’t some fantastic films which just fell outside of this final ten. OK, so now I’ve cleared my documentary conscience, here are my favourite features of 2013:
Spending a lot more time watching short films this year, once again 2013 has seen my feature film viewing decrease somewhat from previous years – making this annual compilation process considerably easier this year. I’m sure there are some glaring omissions but these are the ones I watched and the ones I loved:
I’ve hardly done any film this year. Instead I’ve been seriously hooked on TV – Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Returned, Game of Thrones, Top of the Lake, The Walking Dead, Orange Is the New Black and The Good Wife to name just a few. Little time for film you see, but I promise to try harder next year.
When MarBelle asked me for my Top Ten of 2013 I wondered if I should bother. He’s seen 12 Years a Slave and I have not. However, it would be churlish of me to junk it all in for a film I suppose I can be blown away by in 2014 so here is my Top Ten.
What a year for viewing. It feels odd to be picking a top ten list exclusively from films as 2013 for me was the year of astounding television – both broadcast and online. I know how strict MarBelle gets about these things and it’s willpower alone that has allowed me to not break the rules this year. Here are the ten that have stayed with me:
A strange year for me personally and professionally. Living in Cornwall now and finishing my doctorate means I’ve missed many films that would normally have contended but getting a job teaching film at a university has reinvigorated my love of cinema and leaves me excited for 2014, a year in which I hope to return […]
Taking the festival circuit by storm, Tomasz Wasilewski’s second feature Floating Skyscrapers, tackles the themes of searching for one’s true identity and fighting for love where ever you may find it. We sat down with Tomasz to discuss his attraction to broken, mysterious characters and why emotions trump answers in cinema which truly affects audiences.
After teasing the project a year ago on the podcast, Jeff Broadway and Rob Bralver return to DN with their latest feature documentary, Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton; a deep dig into Stones Throw Records, the passion fuelled, avant-garde label founded by DJ Peanut Butter Wolf. Jeff & Rob join us to discuss picking up and reforming the movie from another team of filmmakers and mining Peanut Butter Wolf’s extensive archival footage, as well as the label’s collection of enigmatic artists, to craft a film which conveys both the ethos and history behind Stones Throw.
Nottingham director Benjamin Wigley is no stranger to the pages of DN, having joined the ranks of our interview alumni back in 2010 with his Paul Smith documentary PS Your Mystery Sender, reported back from Hot Docs in 2011, and last year gave us an early insider peek at the development process of his feature documentary Paa Joe & The Lion. Now Ben’s fast approaching the final stages of production needed to complete Paa Joe & The Lion and is reaching out to the film community with his Kickstarter campaign to help him get there:
In Jill Soloway’s psychosexual comedy Afternoon Delight, a married mother decides it’s her duty to rescue a stripper but along the way discovers that the person most in need of rescue is herself. Jill joins us to discuss how the project shifted tone after the filming of a key scene and playing against cinematic conventions by exploring a narrative through the heroine’s journey.