Teen

Waiting for Anya (Review) – A compelling story that sings with sincerity, while often lacking bite

Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, first published in 1990. Director Ben Cookson navigates the tightrope of bringing holocaust drama to children’s orientated filmmaking. While embracing the challenge of filming entirely on location. With the French mountain village at the centre of Morpurgo’s book, providing an important backdrop to the narrative. Creating a film that excels in both visual style and …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Giant Little Ones

High school coming out movies are a staple of LGBTQ cinema. Creating a challenge for new films in offering audiences themes and topics not already covered in a wide collective of films already within the genre. However with Giant Little Ones director Keith Behrman brings us a fresh twist on the genre while maintaining a high school movie aesthetic. Franky …

Waves (Review) – A wave of colour, sound and emotion that ripples through the mind

Undoubtedly his most bold and ambitious film to date. Director Trey Edward Shults (It Comes at Night) new film Waves, oozes creativity and emotion in equal measure. While embracing its audience in a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and movement. Ensuring each person watching feels a part of the action on screen. In a sweeping family drama that not only creates …

Now Available to Stream or Buy – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Back in 1981 Alvin Schwartz released the first volume of his Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series. Aimed at introducing children and teens to the nightmare world of folk horror. His books not only proving a huge success, but also inspiring a whole generation of horror fans. With tales of mysterious creatures, ghosts and things that go bump in the …

Let it Snow – A Formulaic yet surprisingly tender teen romcom

Quick Read Review Netflix’ straight to streaming films are somewhat of a mixed bag, especially those aimed at a young adult audience. But with Let it Snow, Netflix allows a solid cast to rise above the tinsel drenched romcom, creating something slightly different. Let it Snow knows how to pull all the strings associated with the teen romcom and Christmas …

Good Boys (Review)

There is always an inherent risk in placing adult themed comedy into the hands of a ‘tween’ cast of actors. The result being a potentially uncomfortable mix of young teens, bad language and sexual jokes. With adult humour interfacing with the sensibility of ensuring childhood innocence is maintained. Good Boys therefore had a difficult path to navigate. In traversing the …

Eighth Grade – Review

Bo Burnham’s stunning directorial debut Eighth Grade, is a beautiful reflection of early adolescence in all its awkwardness. The tentative steps into adulthood mixing with the humour of coming of age. While providing a truly remarkable film that captures the emotions, turmoil and development of being 13 in a fresh and natural style. Eighth Grade never seeks to over dramatise …