Essential Pick of the Week

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 …

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 …

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 …

Essential Pick of the Week – Slow West (2015)

British writer/director/musician John Maclean’s 2015 debut feature is a glittering gem at the heart of the western genre. One that sings with originality and difference as art and lyrical storytelling combine to create a cinematic composition of haunting beauty. One that wraps the viewer in a journey of love and innocence against a backdrop of melancholy and violence. While injecting the …

Essential Pick of the Week – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Removed from British screens by its own director just two years after its release. A Clockwork Orange has become part of cinematic folklore. It’s complex and uncomfortable themes continuing to burrow into the minds of new audiences 49 years later. While the sheer genius of the man who brought it to the big screen haunts the public and critical opinion …

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. …

Essential Pick of the Week – Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

If Star Wars: A New Hope led to a resurgence of science fiction storytelling in Hollywood. Then The Empire Strikes Back led to the creation of the onscreen saga. Taking the imagination and energy of the first instalment and injecting it with character development, love and diversity. In turn creating so much more than a sequel, as it expanded the …

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. …

Essential Pick of the Week: E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

This article is dedicated to the creative genius of Allen Daviau who passed away in April aged 77 from COVED 19. Allen was a cinematographer whose work continues to inspire. From E.T. The Extra Terrestrial to Empire of the Sun and the Colour Purple. He leaves a legacy of excellence, creativity, innovation and beauty. In 1968, Allen and I started …