60th BFI London Film Festival roundup

Groundbreaking debuts and genre-bending gems that coloured the reflective quality of this year’s festival.   No idea can be built without sacrifices. -Sieranevada (2016) It is time for our turn to introduce you to the films we admired and loved from the 60th BFI London Film Festival. With 245 films, it’s impossible to include every single best… Continue reading 60th BFI London Film Festival roundup

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The realist cinema of Ken Loach

Film critic-curator Georgia Korossi celebrates two-time Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach’s 80th birthday with some entry points to his filmmaking output. In a recent Q&A at Curzon Soho following the screening of Louise Osmond’s documentary about his life and films, director Ken Loach explained his filmmaking as: “We try to say in the simplest way… Continue reading The realist cinema of Ken Loach

Patricio Guzmán on The Pearl Button

Have the strongest people always dominated everywhere? We look into Patricio Guzmán’s new film The Pearl Button, ahead of its UK release this week.   “I’d love for these water people not to have disappeared.” Patricio Guzmán, The Pearl Button Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán was held in solitary confinement in Santiago’s National Stadium and… Continue reading Patricio Guzmán on The Pearl Button

The Artists Cinema 2016

Guerrilla-style distribution brings back experimental film in cinemas across UK. The Artists Cinema, a collaborative project by LUX and the Independent Cinema Office (ICO) returns this year with its unique form of distribution. A selection of five new commissions will be presented with mainstream feature films in cinemas, guerilla-style. The films will be paired up… Continue reading The Artists Cinema 2016

The best of LSFF 2016

Starting the new year with new visions, the 13th London Short Film Festival rounded up last Sunday with the announcement of its award winners.   “Life is great. Without it you’d be dead” Carrying on from last year’s ethos –“we’re not here to entertain you, we’re here to make you feel uncomfortable” – and growing from the Halloween… Continue reading The best of LSFF 2016

Kim Longinotto on Dreamcatcher

The master director of films on women’s rights talks to us about her picture based on Brenda Myers-Powell and the girls on the street corners of Chicago.   Documentarian Kim Longinotto returns this year with a film about prostitution. Perhaps, an obvious and depressing subject about sex victims wouldn’t appeal to many people at first.… Continue reading Kim Longinotto on Dreamcatcher

Films about artists

To celebrate the general release of director Mike Leigh's film Mr. Turner, we've compiled a list of films, biopics of artists from the 1930s to the present day.   The last years in the life of English Romantic landscape painter, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) is the subject of director Mike Leigh’s latest film starring Timothy Spall,… Continue reading Films about artists

58th BFI London Film Festival roundup

Tell the world about Philosophy! 15 films from around the world that inspired our imagination during the festival in London this year.   The present is a strange beast. - Jean-Luc Godard Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage, 2014) Αnother festival of imaginative films closed its curtains last week. Our focus this month was the BFI London Film… Continue reading 58th BFI London Film Festival roundup

Independent spirit: 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest

Continuing its reputation as the biggest international documentary film festival in UK, the 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest welcomed documentarians and activists from the public domain with a fierce independent spirit this year.   The past is always with us. But who wants to live in an antique shop? - Ian McShane in How We Used To Live… Continue reading Independent spirit: 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest