Ben is Back

Despite solid performances from both Hedges and Roberts, Ben is Back never manages to rise above the tried and tested addiction film stereotypes. Set in small town America, Ben returns to his family home just before Christmas. His rehab not complete, with many failed home visits behind him, his arrival brings family divisions to the …

Ray and Liz

Richard Billingham’s photography is world renowned, and with his debut feature Billingham brings the power of his photographic skills to a tough and heartrending childhood memoir of poverty and dysfunctional family life in 1980s Britain. From the outset Ray and Liz makes no attempt to romanticise poverty of opportunity, family breakdown and the inability of …

Alien – 40th Anniversary

From its stripped back poster design to the invention of the modern horror/sci-fi genre Alien has imbedded itself in modern cinematic history, as a film that truly took cinema into the coldest reaches of space. Combining the emergence of 1970s slasher film with 1950s B-Movies and a stark modern vision of space exploration, its impact …

The Aftermath

The Aftermath is not a perfect film, suffering from a lack of development in its core romantic plot, and a slightly Hollywood sheen. However, it does give us a multi layered and sensitive exploration of the personal, social and emotional effect of war and civilian loss across cultural boundaries.  
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Sauvage is hard hitting and powerful filmmaking with performances to match. This is a film that isn’t afraid to show male prostitution in all its grim reality, while also demonstrating moments of tenderness and love. Sauvage never glamourises nor judges, leaving the audience to ultimately decide its core messages. Click for the full review