Listening to the podcast, I am surprised by how surprised some of the programmers were by Caught in the Net. I mean I really expect stuff like this, not just paedophiles but psychopaths are all around the place. If the next Hitler comes along, people will line up to staff the torture chambers. Child pornography is so common that you often won't be arrested for it now, because it's just so common that they would fill the courts up, they focus more on people distributing now. I got that from a CID detective. Maybe that's why I'm surprised it got picked for the festival. YouTube is full of videos of paedophile hunting exploits, this is just the same with production values.
I give you this quote from Hitchcock's Shadow of the Doubt as my touchstone:
You think you know something, don't you? You think you're the clever little girl who knows something. There's so much you don't know, so much. What do you know, really? You're just an ordinary little girl, living in an ordinary little town. You wake up every morning of your life and you know perfectly well that there's nothing in the world to trouble you. You go through your ordinary little day, and at night you sleep your untroubled ordinary little sleep, filled with peaceful stupid dreams. And I brought you nightmares. Or did I? Or was it a silly, inexpert little lie? You live in a dream. You're a sleepwalker, blind. How do you know what the world is like? Do you know the world is a foul sty? Do you know, if you rip off the fronts of houses, you'd find swine? The world's a hell. What does it matter what happens in it? Wake up, Charlie. Use your wits. Learn something.
This is why I'm no good at parties, people don't want this sort of perspective. Obvs I do think what happens matters, the main thing I refer to a lot is the image of the fronts of houses being ripped off and swine being found. That's one of the greatest images in film history, albeit it happens in each viewer's mind rather than on the screen. Although strangely, Caught in the Net does have an image like this where it shows you tonnes of houses across the city, with the same implication, behind a lot of those windows are people enjoying kiddie porn.
I can see why Chris, you were worried that Adoration wasn't going to make it to the Main Slate, as I was a bit closed minded about du Welz, have been underwhelmed by some of his movies.
Beyond the Infinite... I just loved the energy of the actors, it felt like going to a restaurant with really amazing staff.