Monthly Archives: February 2020

The Lossen – From the streets of rural Bedfordshire to the silver screen

Bedfordshire may not immediately spring to mind when thinking about filmmaking. But the County actually has a long history of supporting high quality filmmaking both big and small. From the outstanding The Dark Knight at Cardington Hangers to Eyes Wide Shut at Luton Hoo. Bedfordshire has played host to number of big productions over the years. And now following in …

True History of the Kelly Gang (Review) – The hormonal energy of rebellion in a brutal new world

History is full of figures who have fought institutionalised oppression by breaking laws and even taking lives only to become legends of folklore, from Dick Turpin to Jesse James. With those who target the foundations of a countries inequality often raised onto pedestals long after their death. In Australia, Ned Kelly and The Kelly Gang have become a part of the …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Monos

The clouds roll in under the summit of a mountain somewhere in Latin America. The foreboding landscape home to a group of teenagers named Boom Boom, Rambo, Dog, Smurf, Lady, Swede, Bigfoot and Wolf. All of whom are being schooled in the art of combat by a short mysterious muscular man. After training has ceased the man introduces the teenagers …

Is the BBC a British institution worth defending?

Over the past ten years the BBC has faced more and more criticism from a British public increasingly divided into right-wing and left-wing political camps. Bringing accusations surrounding the BBC’s impartiality in both news and programming. With the right-wing claiming the corporation has a left bias and the left claiming it is in the pocket of the right. Attacks that …

Visible: Out on Television – A defining exploration of LGBTQ+ lives on American TV

As we mark LGBT+ History Month here in the United Kingdom. Apple TV’s new documentary series Visible: Out on television explores LGBTQ+ representation on the small screen. And while the five-part documentary series focusses on US TV history. Watching you can’t but find important links back to the British media experience. As we are taken from the dark days of …

Waiting for Anya (Review) – A compelling story that sings with sincerity, while often lacking bite

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …

BFI Flare 2020 – Special Presentations announced ahead of full programme launch

As we gear up for the full programme launch of the 34th BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival later this month. The folks at BFI have kindly whet our collective appetite by announcing this years Headline Galas and Centrepiece Screening. With the films selected once again highlighting the diverse content Flare brings to London each year. Including two first time features, …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Giant Little Ones

High school coming out movies are a staple of LGBTQ cinema. Creating a challenge for new films in offering audiences themes and topics not already covered in a wide collective of films already within the genre. However with Giant Little Ones director Keith Behrman brings us a fresh twist on the genre while maintaining a high school movie aesthetic. Franky …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Little Monsters

In a modern age of film and TV where zombie stories have sat front and centre in popular horror. Developing something new and inventive is not always easy. However, with Little Monsters Writer/Director Abe Forsythe manages to deliver something truly fresh and different. A relentlessly funny comic book tale of a slacker and a teacher fighting American created zombies at …