The year in 11 films: 2019

Cinema in 2019 was punk, powerful and passionate. It was difficult to limit my list down to 11 films but after long thinking, I chose the ones that found a pulse inside the film theatres this year. Plus what to expect in 2020 and a wildcard. The Souvenir Dir. Joanna Hogg Joanna Hogg’s powerful semi-autobiographical… Continue reading The year in 11 films: 2019

10 best art exhibitions of 2019 (London)

It was a long and tumultuous year for London. People stormed the streets to demand a fair, non-racist society, to protect the NHS and defend human rights. Extinction Rebellion protesters spoke out loud for the safety of our planet. There were unlawful arrests and protest halts but in November hundred of protesters were given the… Continue reading 10 best art exhibitions of 2019 (London)

10 film discoveries from the BFI London Film Festival 2019

It’s awards day at the BFI London Film Festival today and while we’re approaching the final days of its 63rd edition, these highlights we’ll get you inspired and eager to hear about their releases. Eight feature length films, half of which are directed by women, and two shorts from an exceptionally good short films programme… Continue reading 10 film discoveries from the BFI London Film Festival 2019

Dominga Sotomayor Castillo on Too Late to Die Young

Following on from her 2012 debut road trip drama Thursday Till Sunday and 2014’s Mar, Chilean writer-director Dominga Sotomayor Castillo is back with a new feature that visits memories of what she once called home. Unfolding as close as possible to nature, Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) is set in the… Continue reading Dominga Sotomayor Castillo on Too Late to Die Young

Long Live the Cinema: 69th Berlin International Film Festival

It’s been an astonishing programme at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. It was also the year when Dieter Kosslick bid farewell after a successful 18-year cycle as festival director. But his legacy has marked the festival’s paramount reputation and transparency regarding gender distribution in the Berlinale programme. In 2019 this encompassed direction, production, screenplay,… Continue reading Long Live the Cinema: 69th Berlin International Film Festival

Capernaum: give children the right to speak up

  Director Nadine Labaki, also starring as the 12 year-old Zain’s lawyer, powerfully speaks up and on behalf of children’s rights with her fourth feature Capernaum. Picked up for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination and winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes in 2018, Labaki's Capernaum is an astonishing portrait of children in today’s… Continue reading Capernaum: give children the right to speak up

Jonas Mekas: reflections on avant-garde cinema

Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, poet and curator Jonas Mekas died peacefully on the morning of 23 January, a month after his 96th birthday. He was born in 1922, on Christmas eve. Mekas arrived in New York City with his brother Adolfas in 1949, where he bought his first Bolex camera with borrowed money. In 1954 both… Continue reading Jonas Mekas: reflections on avant-garde cinema

London Short Film Festival 2019 preview: new radical world

Get ready for the 16th edition of the UK’s premier independent short film festival running for 10 days from 11-20 January 2019. Celebrating the energy of ’80s culture this year, the London Short Film Festival (LSFF) presents a rich programme of UK and international short films from across the platforms of music, culture, politics, LGBTQ+… Continue reading London Short Film Festival 2019 preview: new radical world

The alternative list of 11 best films of 2018

These filmmakers spoke the truth. You only have to dig out their works and 2019 already looks hopeful. Being Blacker Dir. Molly Dineen A rare portrait of black lives, Molly Dineen’s documentary follows record shop owner, renowned music producer and Brixton’s hero, Blacker Dread. Filmed with the warmth of their friendship, the starting point of… Continue reading The alternative list of 11 best films of 2018

The 11 best art exhibitions of 2018 in London

Photography and the medium of film had a dominant place in major London galleries and art museums in 2018 – a year fuelled with political uncertainty in UK due to its impending exit from the EU. Major works by a number of powerful artists of unparalleled vigour from across the globe were shown in the… Continue reading The 11 best art exhibitions of 2018 in London