Berlinale 2022 review: Rewind & Play

Alain Gomis’ portrait of composer and jazz musician Thelonious Monk is a clever comment on shallow media.

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