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 silent return of the voice of God in documentary

BRITDOC's Luke Moody questions the power of words on screen in recent documentary journalism.   Long and short form documentary film, informed by deep journalism, is encountering a formal challenge. As filmmakers and editors strive to make poetry of complex information, they increasingly find creative anchoring in journalism’s most comfortable medium: the written word. Looking… Continue reading The silent return of the voice of God in documentary

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

TRESPASS: new immersive music pop-up

Brand new immersive live music weekender TRESPASS is the first intimate music event of its kind. This May bank holiday weekend a new immersive live music experience will launch to a secret London location lasting for four consecutive nights from Thursday 26 May until Sunday 29 May 2016. TRESPASS is the ‘lightbulb’ moment of forward thinking… Continue reading TRESPASS: new immersive music pop-up

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

59th BFI London Film Festival roundup

From the water people of Patagonia to the story of Shmilu in Hackney, here are 10 films that intrigued us most from this year’s festival. Georgia Korossi The Ocean is an idea. -The Pearl Button (2015) The programme team behind the BFI London Film Festival declared 2015 the year of strong women. With Sarah Gavron’s… Continue reading 59th BFI London Film Festival roundup

Making it real together

Revealing creative dialogues in nonfiction films, a playful act between filmmaker and subject as early as 1950, are evidence that documentary filmmaking is the art of collaborative conceit.   Last June Robert Greene’s Actress and Måns Månsson’s Stranded in Canton had their UK premieres at London’s blossoming Open City Documentary Festival. Both films use models… Continue reading Making it real together

Foxygen: Electric Ballroom

Review | California’s rock duo returns to London for cosmic psychedelia ...And Star Power performance. Niall McAuliffe Camden’s Electric Ballroom was host to an exhilarating, physical and stylistic performance by Foxygen, the alt-indie Californian band formed by Jonathan Rado and Sam France. Frontman France had all the moves and swagger from the rock n’ roll… Continue reading Foxygen: Electric Ballroom

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