Drama

Essential Pick of the Week – Benny’s Video (1992)

As a director Michael Haneke is well known for producing films that reflect and challenge our notions of social development. While in turn polarising audiences and critics alike with tough and often uncomfortable reflections of our own humanity. His films having ranged from the Piano Teacher to The White Ribbon, each one wrapping audiences in themes of isolation and estrangement. …

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – Now Available to Stream on MUBI

Writer and director Céline Sciamma is renowned for her beautiful and nuanced coming of age films. With a back catalogue filled with stunning reflections on the transition to adulthood, from Water Lilies to Tomboy. However, with her latest film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’, Sciamma breaks with her own convention. While equally demonstrating that the urgency of love and belonging is not …

Moffie (Review) – Repression, desire and social control in 80s apartheid South Africa

Political regimes built on segregation and hate are multi faceted in their use of control, violence and indoctrination. Often forcing both internal and external segregation and oppression based on an ideology that fears any difference. In turn using divide and conquer governance, in ensuring people who do not fit their idealised mould are targeted whether they be internal or external …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Calm With Horses

Based on the award-winning short story by Colin Barrett, and adapted for the screen by Joe Murtagh. Director Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses is nothing short of electric crime drama. In a debut feature film that explores masculinity, community and crime without broad brush stereotypes or cliches. Wrapping the audience in a heart-breaking and violent portrait of limited opportunity, social …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Jojo Rabbit

Lampooning fascism and Nazi ideology in film can be a tightrope walk for any Director. With the sensitivities of history still raw and full of emotion for many viewers. Hence creating a need to balance humour with the true horror of war and hate. And with Jojo Rabbit, Director Taika Waititi manages to walk this tricky tightrope by layering the …

Why Don’t You Just Die! (Review) – A devilishly dark and blood soaked chamber piece

‘Papa, sdokhni’  From the very first scene Kirill Sokolov’s debut feature Why Don’t You Just Die sets out its devilishly dark stall. As twenty-something Matvei (Aleksandr Kuznetsov) arrives at the apartment of his girlfriend Olya’s (Evgeniya Kregzhde) parents, armed with hammer. Only to be met by Olya’s father Andrei (Vitaliy Khaev) a brutish, controlling and decidedly corrupt police officer. His large …

Essential Pick of the Week – Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Charting the journey of four friends over five decades. Sergio Leone’s masterpiece Once Upon a Time in America has found itself eclipsed in recent years by the equally stunning Goodfellas and The Godfather. But this is a film that deserves an equal amount of praise and attention. As it wraps the viewer in a truly epic tale of friendship, betrayal and revenge. …

The Death and Life of John F Donovan (Review) – A curious mix of beauty, strength and weakness

Five years after it first started production, Xavier Dolan’s first English language movie has finally and quietly arrived on streaming platforms. After bypassing cinemas in the UK and spending a lengthy period of time in the editing suit. While also having been duly slated by critics on its short festival run in 2018. Therefore, hopes were not high for The …