Essential Films

Essential Pick of the Week – Welcome to Chechnya

Welcome to Chechnya is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer 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 for state sanctioned oppression. As men, teenagers and woman found themselves subject to horrific …

Fanny Lye Deliver’d (2019) – Essential Pick 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 …

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 …

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 …

Essential Pick of the Week – Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) 2016

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 …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Placing Charles Dickens classic novel David Copperfield into the hands of Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin), may sound rather audacious. But Iannucci’s love of all things Dickens found itself highlighted back in 2012. With the fabulous BBC documentary ‘Armando’s Tale of Charles Dickens‘. In which the writer/director explored Dickens work with contemporary social eye. While equally focussing on the …

Essential Pick of the Week – Days of the Bagnold Summer

Do you remember the long summer holidays away from school at the tender age of 15? For many of us we now look back at this time through the rose tinted specs of adulthood. But the truth is these breaks were often painful, disappointing and challenging for both the us and our parent/s. Our hormonal confusion and desire for freedom …

Saint Frances – A refreshingly honest and lovingly crafted comedy/drama

Saint Frances Film Review

This review is brought to you in partnership with our friends at Vertigo Releasing While the thematic base of Alex Thompson’s debut feature film ‘Saint Frances’ may sit within familiar ground; the disillusionment of thirty-something life. His film transcends the usual comedy/drama tropes, by embracing a frank, honest and loving exploration of the female experience. While layering this with a …

Essential Pick of the Week – In My Blood It Runs

Across our globe there is a darkness that’s sits at the heart of every criminal justice system. An inescapable truth deeply embedded within the walls of every juvenile detention centre and prison; the link between those who suffer oppression and incarceration. Back in 2016 this darkness was uncovered in media reports, relating to the abuse and humiliation of young people …

Essential Pick of the Week – Parasite (2019)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, multiple BAFTAS and the OSCAR for best film and director. Bong Joon-Ho‘s Parasite arrives on home platforms from the 1st June, offering even more viewers the opportunity to delve into its cinematic perfection. In a film that ebbs and flows with deliciously dark humour, shocks and drama. Taking its audience on a rollercoaster …