My closing thoughts on the EIFF 2011, including my picks of the best and worst the festival had to offer.
Fails to deliver on its intriguing premise.
Unfortunately the film does little, if anything, to break out from the mould and becomes "just another prison drama."
Mixing true-to-life and often black humour with a skillfully crafted feeling of quiet suspense.
Manages very skilfully to convey a simultaneous sense of both hopefulness and hopelessness.
Has a lot to offer in the way of emotionality and quiet power.
Half the time Weekender is plain irritating, but writer Chris Coghill hits some great emotional beats.
The fact that the film has very solid performances from the young cast helps you to overlook its evident shortcomings.
Takes what is now a conventional style of found-footage filmmaking and puts a unique stamp on it.
This is about as preposterous and nonsensical as supernatural horror/thrillers come.