Empire of Light – BFI London Film Festival 2022 Review

by Robbie Jones Sam Mendes’ cinematic output for the last 10 years has sat comfortably in the category of spectacle, from the thrills and kills of the James Bond franchise to the Oscar-winning WW1 epic 1917. With Empire of Light, Mendes returns to a far more intimate level of storytelling. Sadly, his latest effort gets off to a strong start before it falls on its … Continue reading Empire of Light – BFI London Film Festival 2022 Review

The Whale – BFI London Film Festival 2022

by Robbie Jones TW: Please be advised that this review, and the film itself, deals heavily with the subjects of fatphobia and eating disorders. They say Hollywood loves a comeback story, and that couldn’t be more true for Brendan Fraser; beloved for his action and comedy roles in the 90s and 00s, things went south for Fraser’s career as his personal life became plagued by … Continue reading The Whale – BFI London Film Festival 2022

Mr Malcolm’s List – Review

by Sarah Cook Period dramas are certainly in their heyday once more, Thanks to the Netflix sexy series Bridgerton, everyone is clamouring over themselves to make and watch shows set in the Regency era. For better or for worse, I might add. Certainly, for every Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Emma (2020) which are both a glorious adaptations, there is a ghastly Persuasion (2022,) So, … Continue reading Mr Malcolm’s List – Review

7 to 10 – Short Film Kickstarter

by Sarah Cook Ana Pio. That’s a name you should look out for. Ana Pio. Director extraordinaire.  The successful filmmaker is a celebrated and award-winning filmmaker. In 2014, having studied for her master’s at the Met Film School in London, her short film Eden won the Women in Film Achievement Award at the New Renaissance Film Festival. Since, Pio has gone on from strength to strength including … Continue reading 7 to 10 – Short Film Kickstarter

Bergman Island – Review

by Chris Connor The cinematic legacy of Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman is close to unparalleled in World Cinema, Bergman’s name is of course synonymous with the likes of The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, and Fanny and Alexander. The latest film from Mia Hansen-Løve, Bergman Island, uses the legacy of Bergman as a central focus, depicting a filmmaking married couple as they journey to Bergman’s … Continue reading Bergman Island – Review

Ali & Ava – Review

by Sarah Cook British director Clio Bernard’s previous works have been near-perfect depictions of human life across the United Kingdom. Part-drama and part-documentary The Arbor tackled a playwrights return to the council estate in which she grew up whilst The Selfish Giant looked at a young boy’s relationship with a stallion.   With Ali & Ava, Bernard tackles a romance that is every bit as … Continue reading Ali & Ava – Review