Bill Douglas called his film Comrades “a poor man’s epic”, and the special screening at Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix reinforced the epic qualities of this too-much overlooked film. But then the film does tell the story of the too-much overlooked tale of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and highlights the humanity of their struggle.
This week the Exeter Phoenix announced the winners of its 2017 film commissions.
It’s a testament to a film that it always seems to resonate whenever it’s rediscovered, dusted off for special occasions or unwittingly stumbled upon, which makes the special screening of Bill Douglas’ epic Comrades all the more tantalising.
Exeter’s Summer Film School is about to enter its four edition, which gives another chance for young filmmakers aged between 10 to 14 to explore movie creation.
Entries are now open for one of the South West’s most vibrant and longest running film festivals, Two Short Nights.