brighton’s dedicated wes anderson festival returns

Eccentric characters, a beautiful, instantly recognisable aesthetic (hello symmetry and restricted colour palettes), deadpan dialogue and insanely catchy soundtracks. Put all that together and what have you got? Well, a string of words, but if you do it in the right way as only one man can, you get a Wes Anderson film.

We love us a bit of Wes here at BOTI Towers (our favourites are The Royal Tenenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel in case you’re interested) and we’re not alone: after the success of last year’s inaugural Wes Fest, film party experts The Brighton Film Party Society have teamed up with White Wall Cinema to bring us another helping. We’ll see the second outing of the festival dedicated entirely to all things Wes on the August Bank Holiday weekend. (You may well wonder how many times we can say ‘Wes’. Answer: a lot and we’re not even done yet.) You can have a peek at what went down last year below.

Some of the format’s the same: there will be three whole days of Wes-themed events, from film screenings (of course) and fancy dress parties to immersive parties that recreate set-ups from some of the man’s best films. But there’s an extra kicker this year, in the form of a live post-screening Q&A with the lead actor from Anderson’s much-loved 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom: Jared Gilman (he played runaway boy scout Sam Shakusky in the film). Attend one event, attend them all, just keep it Wes. 

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August; from £16 plus booking fee
All locations are in the city centre, exact details will be revealed nearer the date