Essential Pick of the Week

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 …

Essential Pick of the Week – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Week #16 Raiders of the Lost Ark is far more than just one of the finest action and adventure movies ever made. It is one of the most culturally significant in the history of modern cinema. Bringing together two of the biggest creative forces in 1970s and 1980s Hollywood. While redefining the action and adventure genre in ways that continue …

Essential Pick of the Week – Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Week #15 Faithfully adapted from the 2017 novel of the same name by Andre Aciman. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name is not only one of the finest coming of age films of a generation. But also one of the most important LGBTQ films of the past twenty years. But how did a small budget film with a relatively unknown actor in …

Essential Pick of the Week – Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987)

Week #14 Louis Malles 1987 masterpiece ‘Au Revoir Les Enfants’ is a truly breathtaking exploration of the end of childhood during war. One that shines with natural and unforced performances displaying the innocence of youth in the face of conflict, destruction and hate. Set in a Catholic boarding school in Nazi-occupied France during 1944. Twelve year old Julien (Gaspard Manesse) is …