Here is a look at the films at this year’s Festival, which have “local flavor.”
In the Hour of Our Victory
by Lucinda Spurling and Andrew Kirkpatrick
Untouched for fifty years, a family finds a bundle of letters setting them on a journey into their past, and the rediscovery of a tragic love story amid the turmoil of World War II. Bermudian, Major Anthony F “Toby” Smith (1907 – 1944) lost his life at the Battle of Overloon during the final Allied push for victory.
The book weaves a haunting portrait etched in Toby’s own words through the letters he lovingly and dutifully wrote his wife and five children as he agonized over loyalty to them and the war against the Nazis during four years of service abroad. This first hand account uniquely re-captures the wartime era and its impact on a family, leaving a lasting legacy of what it means to serve one’s King and Country.
The book is a classic war story and a love story combined with haunting tales of war, love, family, loneliness and heartbreak. The book has been subject to excellent reviews and has now been recreated in film version. Applications have been submitted for its appearance in several North American Film Festivals in the Fall 2012 – Spring 2013 season.
The book and film has already appealed to interests outside of Bermuda as far as the United States, Canada, UK and New Zealand.
‘In the Hour of Victory’ can be found on Facebook.
The film intro is available on YouTube.
Osbourne’s Day Out
by Milton Raposo
Documentary Short (16 mins)
Osbourne the dusky shark has lived in the North Rock tank at the Bermuda Aquarium for six years. After having outgrown the tank and regularly sparring with a giant grouper named Vader, it was decided that for his aquarium staff’s and the other tank inhabitants’ own safety, he should be returned to the sea. But can a shark be returned back to the wild and survive after living for 6 years in captivity? Dusky sharks are considered “vulnerable” in the Atlantic and “near-threatened” around the world because of commercial and recreational fishing. What are Osbourne’s chances of making it in the wild? And does this heighten public fears about sharks in local Bermuda waters?
Watch the film here:
by Kara Smith and Karli Powell
Documentary Short (11 mins)
Life [Anonymous] chronicles a day in the life of urban drug addict Arthur O’Neal. L[A] is the first in a series of mocumentary style films depicting the autobiographical realities of society’s subversive.
Appetite for ExtinctionBy Robert Zuill
Documentary Short (30 mins)
Human blundering has kicked off a massive and catastrophic invasion of Lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean. These small, voracious predators are wiping out entire reef fish populations by eating the juveniles of nearly every species. Worse still, lionfish breed in spectacular numbers and have no natural enemies in the Atlantic. And now, armed with their fearsome stingers, this oceanic army has reached Bermuda’s shores.
Entry by Sea, by Kev Lombard, Bermuda, 2012