Hosted by Angela Peters and Zara Symes, Tweetfest is a great short film festival, which recently had its Gala Awards ceremony at the Hackney Picturehouse in London. Now in its third year, the festival is organised by the UK branch of ‘Actors Tweetup’, a cross-Atlantic networking organisation, with groups in Los Angeles, New York, and London.
Over the years there have been many films that have used miniaturisation as a plot device: The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Innerspace (1987), Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) And Ant-Man (2015). With Alexander Payne’s new film ‘Downsizing’ we tread some familiar ground, but with a wider perspective.
If you were to look at tackling a popular American comic strip that had endured for 50 years (at the time), you might not choose to hire maverick director Robert Altman, have the main character played by a cocaine fuelled Robin Williams, and hire an enigmatic, binge happy musician to write the songs; especially in a co-production with Walt Disney Pictures!