Monthly Archives: June 2020

Matinee (1993) – A love letter to cinema, theatre and imagination

Mention the name Joe Dante, and some of the films that immediately spring to mind include Gremlins. Explorers and Innerspace. However, few people mention his sublime 1993 homage to cinema ‘Matinee’. A film that joyously celebrated the power of the big screen; the end of innocence and final years of monster driven exploitation filmmaking. While taking inspiration from the real-life …

Keith Haring: Street Art Boy – The power of activism and art

When does art become political activism or political activism become art? This is a question embedded within both creativity, culture and community from the dawn of human history to now. From the rise of graffiti art through to sculpture and protest. However, one artist rarely mentioned in the same breath as Banksy or Ai Weiwei is Keith Haring. Despite a …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Invisible Man

From the award winning success of Get Out through to disappointing paint by numbers horror of Ma. Blumhouse Productions has provided a mixed bag of quality and innovation since its launch in 2010. However, nobody could dismiss the shear creativity of the modern horror platform that Blumhouse has created. One that has ensured horror in all its forms has continued to thrive on …

Fanny Lye Deliver’d (2019) – Film of the Week

Thomas Clay’s third highly anticipated film ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’ has had a long and challenging journey to the screen. Languishing in post production for almost three years due to funding pressures. However, after much delay it premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2019. With Vertigo Releasing now bringing the film to a wider audience via streaming services. But …

Everything coming your way on BFI Player June/July

BFI Player is the greatest global cinema on demand. You can rent the latest releases, subscribe to classics and explore the best from the BFI national and regional archives.  SPECIAL EVENTS – BFI AT HOME ON BFI YOUTUBE GIRLS ON FILM PODCAST Tue 23 June, 18:30 BST, BFI YouTube Explore Girls on Film: https://podfollow.com/1439182513/view Girls On Film is a film review podcast …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Dark Waters

The legal drama/thriller has been a mainstay of cinema for a number of years. Enthralling audiences with stories of the lone legal professional taking on the military, government or business for public good. However, these drama’s are often simplistic in tone, summarising long and bitter legal battles in 150 minutes of screen time. But with Todd Haynes (Carol) latest film …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – True History of the Kelly Gang

History is full of figures who have fought institutionalised oppression by breaking laws, and even taking lives only to become legends of folklore. Whether they be Dick Turpin or Jesse James, those who target the very foundations of a countries inequality. Often find themselves raised onto pedestals mixing truth with fantasy long after their death. In Australia, Ned Kelly and …

Us Kids: The bright light of youth activism in a broken political system

On Valentines Day 2018 a 19-year-old ex-student walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Armed with a semi-automatic rifle he proceeded to murder 17 people; 14 students and three staff. The tragedy marking yet another grim milestone in mass shootings across America. Shootings that have surpassed 230 incidents in schools since the horror of Columbine in 1999. …

Welcome to Chechnya: The atrocities of state orchestrated hate uncovered

Welcome to Chechnya changed the names and facial details of all those victims interviewed. In order to protect their human rights from further state persecution. As someone who has spent my adult life fighting for LGBTQ equality, I watched the growing persecution of LGBTQ people in Russia with horror. The introduction of the 2013 ‘gay propaganda law’ a mere tool …

Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) 2016 – Film of the Week

At what age does the freedom and innocence of childhood become consumed by the mists of adolescence? The answer, of course, differs for every person, the journey to adulthood one of personal self-discovery. It’s jarring and uncomfortable dawn bringing with it the realities of adult life, sex, and relationships. Creating a transition that is often both painful and joyous in …