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Film buff Jahsh blogs on BIFF movies

Teenage film buff Jahsh Durrant has been cast as the blogger for the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF).

“This is the first time I’ve tried out film reviews,” Jahsh, 17, told

The Royal Gazette. “When I heard the festival was coming up, I decided to ask if I could write about some of the short films they were going to release.”

The festival starts next week. After getting the go-ahead from programming coordinator Andrew Stoneham, Jahsh’s first reviews have already gone up on BIFF’s website, covering ‘Asad’, ‘Victoria Meets’ and ‘Social Butterfly’.

The year 13 Warwick Academy student is keen to pursue journalism, ideally writing about film, after graduation.

He cited last year’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, directed by David Russell, as an example of what he likes in a movie.

“It’s a story about two people who have mental illness — it’s a nice story and I really liked the film.”

On a lighter note, Jahsh anticipates the upcoming science fiction epic ‘Pacific Rim’ by Guillermo del Toro.

“It’s an action movie with giant robots,” he said.

For BIFF, the Warwick teen will be covering the short films in the Bermuda Shorts slot.

‘Asad’, the coming-of-age story of a Somali boy who seeks a life of piracy but ends up a fisherman.

“I really liked it,” Jahsh recalled — and his review cites that none of the actors have previous experience, plus the strong script and musical score.

“I’ll give a description of the film, and say what I think worked and what didn’t work.”

Although he likes writing, it’s also Jahsh’s first foray into blogging.

The 16th annual BIFF opens on April 12. The short films run at 41 minutes or less.

Useful website: www.biff.bm

Jahsh Durrant: BIFF movie reviewer (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published April 06, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated April 05, 2013 at 11:16 pm)

Film buff Jahsh blogs on BIFF movies

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