Liverpool Film Festival 2018 took place at the state-of-the-art Odeon Liverpool One over the weekend of the 12th-14th October.
The festival opened with a screening of documentary film LADDIE: THE MAN BEHIND THE MOVIES. Laddie sees Amanda-Ladd Jones embark on a journey to better understand her father, Alan Ladd Jr, the producer of such landmark films as STAR WARS, ALIEN, BLADE RUNNER, BRAVEHEART and a staggering 154 more. With big names such as Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck and George Lucas providing insight the film offers a unique look at the world of Hollywood. Opening night also included the short film BEING KEEGAN, which stars Liverpool’s own Stephen Graham as a tormented naval officer returning to the city to face his past.
LIVIFF2018 then continued at ODEON ONE throughout the weekend with an exciting mix of narrative feature and short films, feature and short documentaries, experimental and student and music videos.
Highlights included heartwarming feature film OFF THE RAILS, about three friends who open a bar with no idea of what it takes to do so. The film is directed by Damien Fitzsimmons, a proud Liverpudlian, and stars Otmara Maria, of the Amazon Original show Startup. Both were in attendance alongside the other stars of the film and producer for one of LIVIFF2018’s panels in which they discussed in depth the making of the film and independent cinema as a whole. OFF THE RAILS went on to win Best Feature Film and Best Actress for Maria.
Other highlights included Film of the Festival winner BEATING HEART, which tells the story of a man turning to crime to help pay his debts and stunning selection of Short Film Sessions which included short films from around the world.
LIVIFF2018 came to close on the Sunday evening with a screening of comedy SAY MY NAME. Written by Deborah Frances-White, the film tells the story of a one night stand that turns into a journey to the seedy underbelly of a sleepy Welsh town when it is interrupted by a robbery.
After the success of LIVIFF2017 the festival is expanded to two screens with more filmmakers able to attend and take part in post screening Q&A’s. The move to the Odeon also saw the festival set up shop right in the heart of the city, bringing audiences closer to the films, filmmakers and industry professionals.