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    BFI London Film Festival 2015: ‘Suffragette’ impactfully chronicles a long, hard struggle

    Suffragette Written by Abi Morgan Directed by Sarah Gavron UK, 2015 As the high-profile spearhead of UK film culture, the London Film Festival thrives on promoting the heritage films that its indigenous industry clings to so dearly: the historical and period dramas which keep the production designers, wardrobe wranglers and most of the Royal Shakespeare Company solvent throughout another procurement drive of Elizabethan ruffs, […] More

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    BFI London Film Festival 2015: ‘Parabellum’ offers a minimalist take on the Apocalypse

    Parabellum Written by Ana Godoy, Esteban Prado and Lukas Valenta Rinner Directed by Lukas Valenta Rinner Argentina/Austria/Uruguay, 2015 Cinema is certainly no stranger to Armageddon scenarios. Whether it’s environmental collapse, zombie uprising, or alien infestation, these CGI-stuffed extravaganzas aren’t exactly known for their subtle charms. Parabellum, the debut film from Austrian director Lukas Valenta Rinner, proves that […] More

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    BFI London Film Festival 2015 – Top Ten Films To Watch

    After a decade of attending the prestigious high profile BFI London Film Festival this might be strongest line-up yet, with a particular emphasis on female narratives and performance supported by the BAFTA academy and organisers. With over 238 films representing 71 countries the selection can seem overwhelming so here’s my pick of the ones to watch next […] More

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    BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

    THE 59TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL 2015 PROGRAMME You can peruse the programme at your leisure here. The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film […] More

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    THX 1138 – Asian Dub Foundation Soundtrack 2015 UK Tour

    Asian Dub Foundation: THX 1138 Nationwide tour to 10 UK cities Musical innovators Asian Dub Foundation will perform their latest live soundtrack to George Lucas’ 1971 visionary cult sci-fi classic THX 1138 at ten venues nationwide in October 2015, following its UK premiere at the Barbican on 19th June. Retaining much of Lalo Schiffrin’s distinctive score […] More

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    ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’ avoids a literary reading of Cobain’s life

    It was 2004 and I was fifteen years old when I read Charles R. Cross’ Heavier than Heaven. I remember finishing the last chapters, sprawled on the floor of my family’s cottage as I cried so hard I started to dry heave. At the time I was unaware of the controversy that surrounded the adaptation, both in how Cross took liberties in certain facts (some information was later disproved, or at least not substantiated) and the decision he made to create what was ultimately a fictional take on Kurt’s final days up until the point he killed himself. Like many teenager before and since, Kurt Cobain represented a romantic and ultimately tragic figure to look up to – for better or for worse. More

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    ‘Storm In The Andes’ (2015) offers insight into neglected 21st Century conflict

    Storm In The Andes Written & Directed by Mikael Wiström Sweden, 2015 After her death in 1988 the Guzmán family spoke little of Aunt Augusta, and before her passing she was rarely discussed in the family home. Along with her husband Abimael she was one of the founding members of  Shining Path, the Maoist guerrilla movement who engaged in a long and […] More

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    ‘Le Scaphandrier’ will make you yearn for the Scrappy-Doo era of Scooby Doo

    Canadian cinema seems endlessly intertwined with the fringe appeal of horror genre. The first boom of horror happened in the 1970s when Canada’s tax policy allowed producers to take a fee of production costs before the film earned back its production costs (which is not allowed in the States), driving many low quality projects into theatres. Horror was always a safe bet because it was particularly cheap to make, and if they happened to land on a success the return on the investment would generally be a lot higher than for more “prestige” pictures. As that tax-shelter eventually closed up, there still remained a rather strong legacy of horror in Canadian cinema and to this day Canadian horror leans towards the adventurous and the innovative. More

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    RVCQ 2015: ‘Les Loups’ is the first great Quebec film of 2015

    The dark unforgiving waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the mouth of the St. Lawrence river provide the backdrop to Les Loups, a beautifully crafted melodrama. Set in a small island Quebec town during the spring thaw, a stranger arrives during the height of the controversial seal hunts. Vibrant and mysterious, many suspect that Elie, the young woman from Montreal, is not who she says and is likely a reporter or an activist bent on portraying the townsfolk in a bad light. More

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    RVCQ 2015: ‘Miraculum’ feels like a failed pilot

    Miraculum Written by Gabriel Sabourin Directed by Daniel Grou Canada, 2014 Daniel Grou (affectionately known as Podz by the Quebec public) got his start in television, directing a number of very successful shows for Radio-Canada, the national channel. In 2010 he made his cinematic debut with two films and has since been working exclusively for […] More

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