Be bold for change: 11 international women in film

Gallery | To mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate women in film from around the world in March every year. Here are 11 women to honour and admire in 2017.   Radical simply means grasping things at the root. – Angela Davies Close-up Chris Marker’s “Petite Planète” guides, each dedicated to a different country, which he initiated… Continue reading Be bold for change: 11 international women in film

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Jimmy’s Hall: interview with director Ken Loach

Highly respected for his outstanding work by the British and international arts community, director Ken Loach returns this year with his latest film Jimmy’s Hall.   Ken Loach and his regular collaborator, writer Paul Laverty (The Angel’s Share, The Wind That Shakes the Barley) return to Ireland to feature the story of a dynamic and charismatic character, Jimmy… Continue reading Jimmy’s Hall: interview with director Ken Loach

Archipelago connected: 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Coinciding with the events in Thessaloniki as the European Youth Capital, the screens in the northern Greek city wrote ethics, truth and literacy on the wall.   Peter Wintonick once wrote: "We should attempt to pour our work and activism into the forge of human service. Let us become our own masters, re-appropriate our media away… Continue reading Archipelago connected: 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Animal features: new nature documentary

As Leviathan hits London cinemas this month, Luke Moody compiles a list of animal features and talks about the endoscopic camera eye in the new nature documentary.   I’ve never worked a wave beaten shift on a night time fishing trawler in the North Atlantic. I will never become a motor-powered boat nor squirm like… Continue reading Animal features: new nature documentary

57th BFI London Film Festival: Luton

Screening at the 57th BFI London Film Festival's First Feature Competition, Luton is an insightful film and an alarming tour de force about personal responsibilities. Director Michalis Konstantatos talks about his debut feature.   The world of Luton, the debut feature of Michalis Konstantatos, is common people in their everyday lives. The three lead characters… Continue reading 57th BFI London Film Festival: Luton

Act normal: hybrid tendencies in documentary film

On the release of Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing in UK cinemas, some excitement is emerging about the possibilities of new hybrid forms of documentary.   "All great fiction films tend towards documentary, just as all great documentaries tend toward fiction.” Jean-Luc Godard Aside from this admiration, the film has provoked reactions of both… Continue reading Act normal: hybrid tendencies in documentary film

Monument and memory: Jean-Luc Godard

The recent proliferation of social, personal and reflexive documentaries that has seen a range of experimental approaches towards found footage editing, has increased the frequency of essay films leading towards the innovation of a new factual form of filmmaking.   Historians don’t search, they find. To shield all these images from language means to actually… Continue reading Monument and memory: Jean-Luc Godard