Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino Words – Rhiannon Topham Historical dramas can be stuffy, can’t they? Just describing a film as a ‘historical drama’ conjures particularly priggish dress, dialogue and narrative, none of which is typically original or disruptive to the staid all ways of the genre….

The Lighthouse

2019 Director: Robert Eggers Starring: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe Words – Joe H. Arriving to begin their month-long term as lighthouse keeper and secondary, Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) quickly finds his time ahead will be tending to the more demeaning and punishing tasks of the building under seasoned keeper Tom Wake (Willem Dafoe). The jagged…

Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place every November at venues around the city, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   The Lighthouse A visceral, hypnotic…

Celluloid Screams 2019

Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s annual horror film festival, is one of the UK’s premiere events for horror cinema from around the world. Taking place every October, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   Tone-Deaf Cross-generational conflict takes a grisly…

BFI Film Festival 2019

The BFI London Film Festival is the UK’s premiere platform for welcoming international artists and storytellers, among them some of the world’s greatest names in cinema, alongside those at the very beginning of their careers. With some truly standout films in 2019, see our look at some of the films from this year’s festival –…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

With 2019 marking its 26th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary film festival. Under the tagline “Ways of Seeing” the festival prides itself in diversity, screening compelling stories from around the world. See our look at some of the films featured in 2019. Click on the film title to see our review.  …

A Northern Soul

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Rhiannon Topham Sean McAllister returns to his native town of Hull in his new documentary A Northern Soul, a story which is reminiscent of the hardships depicted in his previous work A Syrian Love Story. McAllister brings the same kind of authenticity and sincerity to this…

Must See Movies: December

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……

MONOS

2019 Director: Alejandro Landes Starring: Sofia Buenaventura, Julian Giraldo, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Paul Cubides, Sneider Castro, Moises Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Wilson Salazar Words – Joe H. In the remote mountains of South America, a group of child soldiers occupy an almost hauntingly beautiful landscape. They are known as ‘MONOS’, and they are…

System Crasher

2019 Director: Nora Fingscheidt Starring: Helena Zengel, Lisa Hagmeister, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Melanie Straub, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Maryam Zaree, Tedros Teclebrhan Words – Rhiannon Topham A ‘system crasher’ is a child in the care system whose destructive behaviour render them unsuitable, or at least unplaceable, for a stable and permanent place to reside. Nine-year-old…

Dogs Don’t Wear Pants

2019 Director: J.-P. Valkeapää Starring: Pekka Strang, Krista Kosonen, Ilona Huhta Words – Nathan Scatcherd An at once clinical and yet strangely tender story, Dogs Don’t Wear Pants is appropriately a film about contrasts. It follows a depressed surgeon, Juha (Pekka Strang), whose wife drowned some years before. Since then he has been drifting through…

Dead Dicks

2019 Directors: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer Starring: Jillian Harris, Heston Horwin, Matt Keyes Words – Nathan Scatcherd A sci-fi gallows comedy dealing with family trauma and co-dependence – with a Cronenbergian twist – Dead Dicks is a sharp and moving feature. When down-on-her-luck Becca receives some distressing messages from Richie, her mentally ill brother,…

Come To Daddy

2019 Director: Ant Timpson Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan Words – Nathan Scatcherd Come to Daddy is a nasty little film. A grimy, bloody, off-kilter thriller with moments of pitch black comedy, anchored by a central performance from Elijah Wood as a man who goes to a mysterious secluded…

Must See Movies: November

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……