Category: Reel Steel

Belly of the Beast

2020 Director: Erika Cohn Words – Rhiannon Topham. Belly of the Beast explores the grotesque modern-day eugenics happening in California prison systems over the course of seven years. It focuses primarily on the illegal sterilisation of inmate Kelli Dillon, a young mother and domestic… Continue Reading “Belly of the Beast”

I Am Samuel

2020 Director: Peter Murimi Words – Rhiannon Topham. A directorial debut by Peter Murimi, I Am Samuel documents the story of Samuel, a gay man raised in the Kenyan countryside but now living in Nairobi. It is a truly courageous work which balances Samuel’s… Continue Reading “I Am Samuel”

A Thousand Cuts

2020 Director: Ramona S. Diaz Words – Rhiannon Topham. Press freedom has never been more threatened than it is right now. Journalists in the search for truth are in a constant state of vulnerability, having their reputations slashed and their safety compromised by anti-democracy… Continue Reading “A Thousand Cuts”

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021

With an online digital edition in 2021, the 25th UK Human Rights Watch Film Festival (HRWFF) presents documentaries from around the world of powerful and uplifting stories from those demanding justice, equality, and safety for themselves, their communities, and future generations. A collection of… Continue Reading “Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2021”

Shogun Assassin (1980)

1980 Director(s): Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi Starring: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Tokio Oki Words – Nathan Scatcherd. The kind of bloody, balletic Samurai film you rarely see made anymore, Shogun Assassin stands as perhaps one of the finest examples of the Jidaigeki… Continue Reading “Shogun Assassin (1980)”

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

1978 Director: George A Romero Starring: Ken Foree, Gaylen Ross, David Emge, Scott H. Reiniger, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith Words – Oliver Innocent In 1968 director George A Romero rocked the horror genre with his zombie classic Night of the… Continue Reading “Dawn of the Dead (1978)”

Day of the Dead (1985)

1985 Director: George A. Romero Starring: Lori Cardille, Joseph Pilato, Terry Alexander, Sherman Howard Words – Oliver Innocent Quite possibly the most revered independent horror film of all time, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) laid down the blueprint for a… Continue Reading “Day of the Dead (1985)”

The Vasulka Effect

Director: Hrafnhildur Gunnarsdóttir Featuring: Woody Vasulka and Steina Vasulka Words – Natalie Mills “They’re the shoulders that most video art has stood on.” An introduction to the weird and wonderful world of video art, this quirky documentary centres on Steina and Woody Vasulka. A… Continue Reading “The Vasulka Effect”

Ammonite

2020 Director: Francis Lee Starring: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Fiona Shaw, Claire Rushbrook, Alec Secareanu, Sarah White Words – Denise Hobart Ammonite imagines a passionate love affair between the self-taught pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning and her friend Charlotte Murchison. Anning’s… Continue Reading “Ammonite”

BFI Film Festival 2020

Featuring a selection of highly anticipated films, the 2020 BFI Film Festival presented online premieres as well as screenings in cinemas around the UK. See our look at some of the films featured at this year’s festival – click on the film title to… Continue Reading “BFI Film Festival 2020”