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‘Nomadland’ – A Raw Rumination on Existence: LFF Review

After receiving mass critical acclaim for her second feature The Rider, writer/director Chloé Zhao looked destined for greatness. As well as helming Marvel’s highly-anticipated Eternals, her latest release, Nomadland, takes her to to the stratosphere. Adapting Jessica Bruder’s bestselling book, Nomadland is at its core, a wholly human story. It follows Fern (Frances McDormand), a […]Read More

‘Body of Water’ is a poignant look at the impact

Trigger Warning: This article contains references to eating disorder behaviours. After working as an acclaimed war photographer, Stephanie begins to document her own internal war against a terrifying disease in Body of Water. Body of Water violently breaks down barriers and forces the viewer to face a reality that is huge in our society, but […]Read More

‘Kajillionaire’- Brilliant, Bizarre, Beautiful: LFF Review

Not being overly familiar with Miranda July’s work, her latest film Kajillionaire seemed an enticing place to start. Starring Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water), Gina Rodrgiuez (Jane the Virgin) and Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment), the film is a profound tale of parenting, petty crime and pretending. Where to really […]Read More

‘Mangrove’- A Powerful Portrait of Reality: LFF Review

Oscar-winning writer/director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) is indisputably one of the great British filmmakers. For years he has consistently produced sublime films that exhibit the very best of the human spirit in the face of terrible plights. With Mangrove, the first film in an anthology entitled Small Axe, McQueen revisits a vital moment […]Read More

Willem Dafoe Gets Philosophical in ‘Siberia: LFF Review

Abel Ferrara’s latest feature Siberia follows the recluse Clint (Willem Dafoe), who lives in a desolate snowscape, tending to a rundown mountainside bar. Clint is visited by an array of strange and frightening patrons, triggering a collapse in Clint’s mentality, as dreams, nightmares and reality all begin to blend into one.  Siberia functions as a […]Read More

Finding Hope Within Darkness in ‘Herself’: LFF Review

Warning: This review contains mention of domestic abuse With films like Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady under her belt, Phyllida Lloyd is no stranger tofemale empowerment and the sentiment of a mother’s love, but Herself proves itself to be much more of a challenge. After fleeing the abusive hands of her husband, Gary, young […]Read More

Exploring Humanity in ‘The Painter and the Thief’: LFF Review

Every story has a hero and a villain. A cop and a robber. A painter and a thief. Benjamin Ree’s genre-bending documentary transcends that narrative, presenting us not with a protagonist/ antagonist tale but with a real-to-life story of crime, repercussions and the complexity of the human spirit. The film opens in the aftermath of drug-fuelled […]Read More

Riz Ahmed Electrifies In ‘Mogul Mowgli’: LFF Review

Ever since he rose to prominence in Four Lions, Riz Ahmed’s acting career has gone from strength to strength. From an excellent supporting role in Nightcrawler to a historic Emmy win for The Night Of, his stock keeps rising. In Mogul Mowgli, Ahmed leads with a performance that is his most personal and affecting yet. […]Read More

Programme Announced for BFI London Film Festival 2020

The full line-up has been revealed for this year’s BFI London Film Festival, which will be fully virtual for the first time. The BFI London Film Festival will open with Steve McQueen’s “rousing tale of Black solidarity and resistance,” Mangrove, starring Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes and Malachi Kirby. Also previously announced was Francis Lee’s Ammonite, […]Read More