Film festival of the week: Take One Action Film Festival, various venues, Edinburgh & Glasgow
Saturday 15 September 2012
After a summer dominated by films of an escapist hue, this "values-driven" festival marks its fifth birthday with a celebration of cinema at its most engaged.
Over two weeks, film-makers from around the world share issues of global concern, opening with the Martin Scorsese-produced Surviving Progress, a meditation on where evolution is taking us.
Also included are Lucky, which investigates HIV in South Africa; The Dancing Forest, a study of sustainable food production; The Price of Sex, an exposé of sex trafficking; Chasing Ice, an account of the National Geographic snapper James Balog's Extreme Ice Survey, an attempt to create a photographic record of climate change; and We're Not Broke, a crack at corporate tax-dodgers.
Q&As, bike-powered screenings, workshops, shorts and street theatre also feature, as does fun stuff including a ceilidh and – presumably because a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down – a family screening of Mary Poppins.
(takeoneaction.org.uk) Fri to 6 Oct
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
- 1 Disabled people are trapped in assessment 'nightmare' by PIP benefits regime, says Dr Stephen Duckworth
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Queen turns 88: David Bailey captures another side of the Queen in birthday portrait
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers