Top 5: Sundance 2018

There’s nothing quite like walking along Main Street, Park City on the first morning of Sundance. The crisp sunshine, the excited chatter, the boundless promise of cinematic adventures, the fact the snow hasn’t seeped into your boots yet… With the 2018 festival now upon us, here are five selections from the ever-fresh programme that the…

LFF2017: First Time Up

What’s the best part of going to a film festival? The endless discussion in the queues? The wealth of talented filmmakers presenting themselves for Q&As and talks? The booze? Close, but no. For me it is the chance of discovering a diamond; of watching a filmmaker’s first offering and knowing you could enjoy their movies…

LFF2017: Brits at home

It’s a weird time to be British, right? Brexit, rising xenophobia, a governing party with the competence of a drunk baby trying to conduct major surgery. And yet we still have our artists. British filmmakers are amongst the finest in the world, & over recent years at LFF have showcased brave, innovative work. This year…

London Film Festival 2017: Catch them first

You can’t start Christmas festivities until Halloween is out the way. But when can you start the Halloween fun? For me it’s after the preceding major event is done, and that’s London Film Festival. The 2017 edition is almost upon us; some of you may not have selected your cinematic gifts, whether for your nearest…

LFF2017: Female directors

The good news: a quarter of the films at this year’s LFF were directed by women! The bad news: a quarter of the films at this year’s LFF were directed by women. Yes, it’s a step in the right direction, but we’re still a long way off. And no, boneheads, we don’t want an exact…

Sundance 2017: Preview

For so many films, the journey begins here. The preparation has been done, the music tweaked, that shot of a neanderthal reality star being inaugurated as President removed because it’s too damn unrealistic. The film is ready for Sundance. But are you ready for the Sundance films? You will be, once you’ve read this preview, featuring…

The Witch: GIF Special

It’s here! After months of anticipation rising to extreme levels, today is the day UK moviegoers can experience the pure terror that is Robert Eggers’ The Witch. This New England woodland horror was reviewed on this blog over a year ago, & we showed the nerve-shredding trailer in August, so to celebrate the release of THE BEST FILM…

Oscars 2016: Preview

Hollywood’s gilded centrepiece is upon us again, and Tinseltown is tingling with anticipation. This time, though, the focus is rightly (finally) on what is missing; namely ANY nominees of colour in the acting, directing, writing, editing – well, most of the categories. With several high-profile figures including Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith, Spike Lee &…

Sundance 2016: Preview

Another Park City film fiesta is upon us, with tens of thousands of talented folk gathering in the Utah mountains for a celebration of independent cinema from across the world. Here is this writer’s pick of what looks good in each category from the most mouth-watering cinematic menu. Be prepared to hear these names again…

Preview: Free Fire

Ben Wheatley is one of the most inventive directors making films right now. From family crime drama Down Terrace through horror hit Kill List, my personal favourite Sightseers and psychological Civil War thriller A Field In England, he has an astonishingly high level of quality and originality. Mr Wheatley currently has two films in the…