Harry Mear | Student Writer Poignant and perplexing. Scorsese is at his best with his gangster epic of old. At 3 hours 30 minutes running time, The Irishman is a gradual and climatic account of the life and rise of truck-driver turned hitman Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) in the criminal world of Philadelphia for the better part of 5 decades in post-war and counter-culture … Continue reading The Irishman [Review]
Student Writer | Luke Hetherington I am Joseph makes a valiant effort to humanise the oft-neglected tale of cuckolded-by-a-deity Joseph (Michael Akinsulire) coming to terms with Mary’s (Asmara Gabrielle) perceived infidelity, and ultimately, their shared destiny. Though the premise establishes itself in an awkwardly paced opening scene riddled with unnecessary dialogue, the biblical references are pleasantly underplayed as a visitor approaches Joseph and quietly influences … Continue reading Tomisin Adepeju’s new short film, I am Joseph – [short review]
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Written and directed by one of the rising new voices in British cinema, Appreciation is a drama that poignantly explores an African Pentecostal pastor’s navigation of grief and cultural identity following a personal tragedy. Filmed in London, the film flaunts striking visuals and Adepeju’s flourishing distinct directorial style. Aside from Appreciation’s selection in the programme, Adepeju is also one … Continue reading LFF 2019: In Conversation with Appreciation director, Tomisin Adepeju
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Documentary filmmaker and Royal Holloway alum Anna Snowball talks with The Founder about her BFI London Film Festival selected short documentary, Spring Fever, as well as her filmmaking journey during and post-university. The film, which was part of the ‘In the Age of Consent programme, highlights a class so refreshing, and frankly a flicker of hope amidst the current … Continue reading LFF19: An interview with Spring Fever director Anna Snowball
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico I sat down with Media Arts (what we know now as the Film, TV & Digital Production course) alumni Josef Bates on the afternoon before the first screening of his short film Tic at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. After catching him up on the new, lengthy course title, as well as bonding over the infamous and unchanging … Continue reading LFF 2019: Josef Bates on navigating the ‘clouded view’ of the industry post-university and his black comedy film, Tic.
Film Section Columnist | Luke Hetherington Rian Johnson’s latest film will be review-bombed online by knicker-twisted hoodlums online still sore over Luke Skywalker’s depiction. Such is the price you pay for subversion. Knives Out – an Agatha Christie whodunit that has been pickled in a barrel of narrative twists and slyly raised eyebrows – is more in line with his High School Noir Brick than … Continue reading LFF2019: Knives Out [REVIEW]: A Fortuitous Mystery with a Refreshingly Moralistic Heart
Editor| Cassandra Lau Recent Netflix shows have either starred actresses – like Jameela Jamil from The Good Place, and Lili Reinhart from Riverdale – who have publically advocated for body positivity, or characters who represent diverse ages, ethnicities and body types. Series like GLOWbreakdown stereotypes with multi-dimensional and bold female characters, for instance, Carmen (Britney Young) “challenges stereotypes of fat bodies as inherently unfit or unhealthy” … Continue reading Does Netflix celebrate or capitalise body positivity?
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Our Not in Cinemassection is back, this time with reviews of more Netflix originals: The Silence, Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, Annihilation and productions by Ricky Gervais. As we enter a new film festival season, with Cannes opening its shores to a new wave of films this May, streaming juggernaut Netflix is pulling out more tricks from its sleeve … Continue reading NOT IN CINEMAS
Film Editor | Graciela Mae Chico Last March saw another successful year of the BFI Flare Film Festival, the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ film festival. The 33rd edition of Flare was opened by Chanya Button’s highly anticipated Vita & Virginia and closed by the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s JT LeRoy. Over the eleven-day festival, the BFI also programmed insightful talks such as Lethal Lesbians andTrans … Continue reading BFI FLARE: The UK’s Leading LGBTQ+ Film Festival at 33
Film Columnist | Erin Leonard Burdened with high expectations, Jordan Peele’s sophomore feature was always at risk of falling into the shadows of his much-acclaimed debut, Get Out. But Us is a film truly worthy of its own acclaim. Led by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, the ensemble cast made sure that Peele’s intelligent script successfully made its way onto the big screen. The competition … Continue reading Review: ‘Us’