My third day began with Andrea Arnold's exquisite "Wuthering Heights" at Capital Hill's Harvard Exit theater, built in 1925--- a charming theater and a long film to watch on a sunny Seattle afternoon, but it was well worth it. Most impressive is how much of Emily Bronte's novel was translated into this adaptation with so few words. The cinematography is startlingly effective, providing intimate access into Heathcliff and Cathy's vicious love. The collaboration between Arnold and cinematographer Robbie Ryan (who also did "Fish Tank," "Red Road" and her Oscar-winning short "Wasp") is endlessly rewarding.
Next I interviewed "I Am Not A Hipster" director Destin Cretton and star Dominic Bogart. As I mention in Diary 1, Bogart's performance and singing is the real deal, and Cretton has delivered an assured directorial debut. In the video below, we discuss the festival experience (the film debuted at Sundance) and the concurrent development of the script, character and music (the album is available and you can pre-order the DVD on Kickstarter to support the film's release, but do it quick because the campaign ends today, June 11 at noon). Also check out Bogart and composer Joel P. West doing an acoustic performance of a song from the movie below.
On a glorious Sunday morning the festival wrapped up with the awards brunch in Seattle's iconic Space Needle, complete with view. The full list of winners of the SIFF Competition and audience-voted Golden Space Needle Awards is below.
The narrative competition winner was Megan Griffith's "Eden," which also won the audience award for best actress Jamie Chung. Keith Miller's "Welcome to Pine Hill" won the Fipresci critics' prize. Narrative audience award-winner was "Any Day Now" and its star Alan Cumming. Kirby Dick's Sundance hit "The Invisible War," about an ongoing epidemic of sexual assaults on women in the military, won the audience award for best doc. The Seattle crowds also voted for "Beasts of the Southern Wild" director Benh Zeitlin, who continues on a roll heading into Fox Searchlight's June 27 release.