Category: World Cinema


2016 – France Director: Julia Ducournau Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella Words: Christian Abbott   Raw by French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, her theatrical debut, is the latest addition to the cannibal sub-genre, while managing to remain entirely its own film. This is a… Continue Reading “Raw”

Under The Shadow

2016 – UK / Iran Director – Babak Anvari Starring – Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshandi, Bobby Naderi Words – C. Abbott Let’s get this out of the way with right now, if there’s a screening of this film near you – see it. It’s… Continue Reading “Under The Shadow”

Tale of Tales

2016 – Italy, France, UK Director: Matteo Garrone Starring: Salma Hayak, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassell, Toby Jones Words: R. Topham Picture what Game of Thrones would be without the Northern accents, extreme misery and gore, and that’s kind of what Matteo Garrone’s adaptation… Continue Reading “Tale of Tales”


1985 Director: Akira Kurosawa Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu Words – Christian Abbott Director Akira Kurosawa was 75 when production on this film ended. At this point he was already renowned as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, with a… Continue Reading “Ran”


2015 Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven Starring: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan, Ilayda Akdogan Words – Rhiannon Topham “It’s like everything changed in the blink of an eye. One minute we were fine, then everything turned to shit.” A multi-award winning… Continue Reading “Mustang”


2015/ France Director: Jacques Audiard Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby Words: R. Topham An insightful, touching and surreal journey, the film follows the eponymous hero, real name Sivadhasan, and his pretend family, ‘wife’ Yalini and nine year old ‘daughter’ Illayas, on their journey… Continue Reading “Dheepan”


2015/ Germany Director: Sebastian Schipper Starring: Laia Costa, Frederik Lau, Franz Rogowski Words: J. Wood Victoria is the most unexpected of success stories and, at less than a third of the way through the year stands as a very strong contender for Best Film… Continue Reading “Victoria”

The Assassin

2015/ Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Starring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Satoshi Tsumabuki Words: B. Halford In the 9th century, the states of what would become China are in a state of conflict, with violence being commonplace. In the province of Hubei, Nie… Continue Reading “The Assassin”