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Film Festival Reports

ROTTERDAM 2019: PRESENT.PERFECT. BY ZHU SHENGZE

By Aldo Padilla

To analyze the audiovisual consumption in social media is something that poses many alternatives beyond viral videos and youtubers. The irruption of videogame streaming showed that a streamer can monetize its content despite being sponsored, by donations or subscriptions. In the west, Twitch is the platform that better represents this. Its popularity has allowed people to earn money while just talking or making personal diaries, an idea that takes the relay of blogging, which was trending a decade ago.

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Film Festival Reports

ROTTERDAM 2017: SUPER DARK TIMES BY KEVIN PHILLIPS

By Tara Judah

First time feature filmmaker, Kevin Phillips, captures the sweet mundanity of suburbia well; the meaninglessness of the boys’ conversations as they discuss wanking, set against beautiful sunsets, are the kinds of motifs that form the backbone for nostalgia and evoke the notion of ‘formative’ experiences. But, and let’s be clear that the male characters are all unrepentant and abhorrent, Phillips’ film is no Stand By Me (Rob Reiner, 1986); the boys have no future. Instead, this dramatic horror is characterised by absent fathers, failed morals, self-interest and extreme violence.

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