The day began with the directorial debut of Gia Coppola, the film ‘Palo Alto’ which screened at this year’s 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival. Today, Latitude gave a unique opportunity to see an early screening of the film before it is released in October. The film exceeded our expectations, a nostalgic and cinematic window into the lives of young teenagers, making the transition from being children to young adults. Based on a set of short stories written by James Franco, the film wove the different stories of the four teens together. “Shy, sensitive. April is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy. Emily, meanwhile, offers sexual favours to every boy to cross her path - including both Teddy and his best friend Fred, a live wire without filters or boundaries. As one high school party bleeds into the next - and April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection - Fred’s escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos.” Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer In particular gave outstanding performances, this along with the incredible cinematography from Autumn Durald, the film stood out as being more than a mere chick flick.
Glass Animals were set to play the Alcove stage at 7pm, a few hours after we got a chance to sit down and chat to them about their debut album ‘ZABA’. The Alcove stage is tucked away underneath the trees and offers a more intimate setting, outside the main arena. This was found to be packed full of fans who sang and grooved along to Glass Animals distinctive sound. They ended the set with their most well-known track ‘Pools’ which caused an explosion of salsa mayhem within the crowd.
After leaving an extremely calm set by Bombay Bicycle Club, we headed down to watch Catfish and the Bottlemen play on the Lake Stage. Steve Lamacq introduced the band, praising their sound and how far they have come in such a short amount of time. The set was packed full of crowd pleasing tracks along with ‘Homesick’ and ‘Kathleen’ – their humble appreciation for their fans and followers only enhances their likeability for many. The lead singer, Van McCann, electrified the growing crowd and sent the audience of all ages into a frenzy. His charisma was palpable and strikingly different to the humble, funny guy we bumped into this afternoon in the press tent.
Laura Wadha & Rianne Kate Thompson