Six of the Fest: Comedies
From razor-sharp satire to sidesplitters, have a look at our hilarious half-dozen.
Based on director Justin Edgar's award-winning short (EIFF 2005), this intelligent, witty and provocative film follows the attempts of patronising director-on-the-edge Jasper to teach a group of street-smart disabled kids about filmmaking. This is British comedy at its best.
Year of the Dog
Mike White, the hugely talented writer of Chuck & Buck (EIFF 2000) and School of Rock, makes his directorial debut with this deliciously offbeat and often poignant tale of a lonely women and her love of canine companionship. A bittersweet joy, darkly funny and occasionally subversive: a dog movie with extra bite.
Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance
The mockumentary goes glam in this raucous Aussie satire on the world of competitive dance. A comedy that all the family can enjoy which doesn't skimp on the laughs, complete with a fabulously kitsch 70s and 80s soundtrack, and a barnstorming career-best performance from Brit comedian Ben Miller.
A highlight of this year's Anita Loos retrospective, George Cukor's 1939 all-female classic (135 women – count ’em!) crackles with plenty of biting ripostes and razor-sharp dialogue. Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell are among the acid-tongued Manhattan socialites baring their claws in a gloriously camp tale of backbiting bitchiness.
My Life as a Bus Stop
EIFF favourites Wilma and Duncan Finnigan take a gleefully self-referential look at low-budget Scottish filmmaking in this energetic almost-mockumentary. Brilliantly inventive and fizzing with Scottish humour, even EIFF doesn't escape the Finnigans' satirical gaze!
Believe the hype. Judd Apatow invigorates the classic odd couple rom-com with this raunchy and genuinely heartfelt crowd pleaser. Blisteringly hilarious and packed with snarky wit, bawdy gags and plenty of belly laughs, this is a smart, sweet, comic knock-out.
Winners of EIFF 2014’s short film awards and two of its documentary premieres have been nominated for 2015 BAFTAs.