Best of the fest
If the thought of a musical festival summons images of muddy fields, windswept tents, toilets from hell and ticket prices that require a re-mortgage, you’ve obviously never heard of All Tomorrow’s Parties. These independent weekenders held throughout the year at British holiday camps are the genius of Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, who invite musicians and other creatives to curate three days of live music, movies and arts and the results are – according, at least, to this excellent documentary – a slice of hedonistic heaven.
Modern childrens’ films often have a difficult time blending the colourful action necessary to hold the kids’ attention and the moral core essential to make their parents happy; hitting on the winning formula can prove to be absolute box office gold, as demonstrated by the behemoth that is High School Musical. Despite starring HSM’s Ashley Tisdale, Aliens in the Attic won’t come close to achieving that level of success thanks to its struggles to combine edgy CGI adventure with a sugary message of tolerance and the importance of family ties, it does enough to keep its target audience of the under-10s entertained.