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

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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

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

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