Establishing Shots: June 4-10, 2021

Every week, Establishing Shots offers some further enlightenment on the films that will be screening in-cinema at the VIFF Centre and online through VIFF Connect.

Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

“Hannah Berryman does far more service to Rockfield Studios than the cringe-worthy cheese of Bohemian Rhapsody did. Music fans can breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate the farm-turned-studio where Queen recorded its famous song. Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm is an appropriately fun and freewheeling portrait of the offbeat farm studio that was the birthplace of many hits by iconic bands…” Pat Mullen, Point of View Magazine

“Hannah Berryman’s doc is a music buff’s delight, dipping into the pop music movements of six decades, set in a one-of-a-kind universe dotted with forests, lowing kine and plenty of cussing (I’m looking at you, Liam Gallagher).” Anne Brodie, What She Said

Check out Getty Images’ gallery of Rockfield pics.

Ahead of the Curve

“This isn’t merely a nostalgia trip, or a reverential portrait of Stevens herself (though she deserves one). Co-directed by Rivkah Beth Medow and Jen Rainin, Stevens’ wife, Ahead of the Curve dares to both honour this pioneering magazine’s place in LGBT+ history and interrogate its relevance today.” Laura Venning, Little White Lies

Ahead of the Curve honors… Stevens’ legacy while reaffirming that there is still more work to be done for lesbian visibility and representation that is inclusive of all queer women.” Tracy Brown, Los Angeles Times

Explore the online archive of 30 years of Deneuve and Curve back issues.

Watch a one-hour video interview with director Jen Rainin and Curve founder Franco Stevens.

The Mali-Cuba Connection

“At the heart of the film is the music, the gently driving beat that spins out joy and sadness, familial warmth and solitude, love and life.” Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

Listen to Koyma Hondo by Boncana Maïga, founder of Les Maravillas du Mali.

Our VIFF+ members are currently enjoying free access to more than 30 films and talks on VIFF Connect. Joining the collection this week are Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia and Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict. Memberships start at only $12 a month.

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