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 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

Le Guess Who? Eclectic sounds from a truly fine music festival

This year’s edition of Le Guess Who? heralded eclectic music with excellent programming by the festival themselves and those of the aptly selected curators Moor Mother, Devendra Banhart and Shabaka Hutchings. Where does one begin? The most instantly commercial names on the bill were Banhart himself, his fellow American rockers The Breeders and Neneh Cherry.… Continue reading Le Guess Who? Eclectic sounds from a truly fine music festival

Cork Film Festival 2018: teen spirit, 90s energy and graffiti love

After ten days of exploding cinema, Ireland’s premier film festival wrapped a programme packed with cutting-edge films last week. My first but short-length attendance to the festival was a wonderful discovery of, what felt like, one of the most inclusive events in the city of Cork. In its 63rd edition this year, Cork Film Festival… Continue reading Cork Film Festival 2018: teen spirit, 90s energy and graffiti love

The female gaze: 13 women on and off-screen at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Suburban Birds (2018) Dir. Qiu Sheng Qiu Sheng’s debut is a treatise on capitalism, an astonishing poem about the loss of nature and eventually the loss of our trust to her. With a superb eye for close-ups, low-angle camera shots and astonishing photography, it’s a raw and at times hypnotic account of two worlds: that… Continue reading The female gaze: 13 women on and off-screen at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Another look: 68th Berlin International Film Festival

Argentinian director-screenwriter Alessia Chiesa’s debut feature, The Endless Day, enters the world of children’s play without grown-ups in sight. At first glance it’s life through play, reading stories and walking in the woods with Claa, Tino, Fan and Coco the dog. Careless and throwback days are followed by close-ups and superb cinematography until food supplies… Continue reading Another look: 68th Berlin International Film Festival

Unsane: a psychiatric care horror

Claire Foy confirms her talent as a major actress in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Unsane. Her extraordinary role as victim Sawyer Valentini who is stalked by a psychokiller (Joshua Leonard) for two years, gradually grows stronger in a mental health system to which she's submitted unwillingly and turns out to be corrupt and full of lies.… Continue reading Unsane: a psychiatric care horror

The 11 best films of 2017… and their posters

My list of best films of 2017 opens with Maren Ade’s Oscar nominated comedy Toni Erdmann, a brilliant (and surreal) film that genuily illustrates our capitalist lives with perfectly balanced comedy. Featuring an amazing rendition of 'The Greatest Love of All' and perhaps the warmest fatherly love, Ade's film stole our hearts. Then Finnish director-screenwriter… Continue reading The 11 best films of 2017… and their posters

The 11 best exhibitions of 2017

In London an exhibition uncovered an entire lost history – and brilliance – of the sorrowful, shattering art of black power in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern. Music and immediacy dominated EVERYTHING AT ONCE, the ambitious group exhibition presented by Lisson Gallery and The Vinyl Factory… Continue reading The 11 best exhibitions of 2017

Six outstanding films by women filmmakers at the 61st BFI London Film Festival to understand our world

Of the total 242 feature films and 128 shorts from 67 countries screened at the 61st BFI London Film Festival, a quarter of the directors are female. It’s a depressing proportion but as the festival director claimed at the press launch of the programme, it’s rising. Over 12 days in October, I saw outstanding works… Continue reading Six outstanding films by women filmmakers at the 61st BFI London Film Festival to understand our world