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Phillip Bergson


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Film Critic, UK,Invited Member  of  The UK Critics' Circle

FIPRESCI abd the European Film Academy.

Visiting Lecturer, Prague Film School.

 

Winner of the  "Student Journalist of the Year" competition in the UK weekly New Statesman, as a Classics Scholar Phillip Bergson then founded the Oxford Film Festival and, on graduating, was selected by "The Sunday Times" as a 'New Critic' and in the same week began broadcasting on film for many BBC Radio programmes. A contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement", "TES",The Spectator,film critic on "The Sunday Standard", "Screen International",Variety, "Film Bulletin", "Film a Doba" inter alia, and on the FilmFestJOURNAL in Berlin and Screen Dailies at Cannes,he also worked for the "European Script Fund", has scripted shorts and features (that have been produced and released) and, fluent in eight-and-a-half languages, currently programmes and advises several international film festivals and is.Casting Consultant on several international features. At the National  Museum of Photography, Film and Television, in his native Yorkshire, he created the "Eurovisions" project, to promote classic and contemporary European cinema,which was inaugurated at the Cine Lumiere in London by His Excellency the President of Iceland.

Presenter and Programmer,London Turkish Film Week, December 2018

Co=programmer, 2nd London Turkish Film Week, April 2019

Artistic Director, 3rd London Turkish Film Week, planned for 1-7 June 2020.

As a FIPRESCI Jury Member

and a member of  International Juries at

Thessaloniki, Europa Cinema (Rimini), Munich Documentary, Manaki Brothers,Cine Jove (Valencia),Chicago, TIFF-ODA


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Short but sweet

When you are summoned to a hospital club, you might be more than a little apprehensive.But an invitation to a screening at The Hospital Club, a sumptuous private members art-hot-house nestling between Drury Lane and Covent Garden ,in the heart of London ,is  a rather more appetising prospect, and means you are to be treated to a screening of a film, and not subjected to a medical investigation.  Thusly , on the evening of Monday 21st March 2011, the pleasure was magnified when the film in preview  in the luxurious screening-room of some 36 seats, was  much shorter than the receptions preceding and following its twin screenings! For it was a preview of the mini-erotic-drama Tourniquet, the fiction graduation project of Irina Mestieva  (noted previously at the year-end showcase of the London Film Academy) which was now being celebrated as a selection at the  forthcoming 2011 East End Film Festival. And sandwiching, as it were, two screenings of this immaculately-photographed tale of romantic rivalries in a smart London house, was a welcoming champagne reception, and a subsequent buffet of tasty snacks and plenty of quality Russian vodka.A snart audience of bankers, Russocrats, the film director Mike Sarne,who studied Russian at Cambridge and after making a name for himself in Hollywood (with Myra Breckinridge) is  now back again in London, directing film and theatre and acting, and the American-born producer-director Mark Forstater, also now Albion-based.Sundry promising actors and the glamorous editor of a glamorous Russian magazine published in Brtiain, also were in attendance.Tourniquet in barely a dozen minutes deftly sketches the conflicts within a too-modern bourgeois family where the son's girlfriend  is somewhat too close to her fiance's father.The soundtrack of Satie is very satisfying and it is encouraging to see a film-school short with such professional polish.

Phillip Bergson

 

 

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