Room For A Man

2018 Director: Anthony Chidiac Words – Rhiannon Topham Room for a Man takes biographical filmmaking to the nth degree. Young gay Lebanese director Anthony Chidiac explores how his identity is situated in his long family history of traditionally masculine men and grapples with the complexities of intimacy and personal relationships. At home with his mother…

For The Birds

2018 Director: Richard Miron Words – Rhiannon Topham “These birds have taken their toll on everybody.” No, this isn’t a quote from a Hitchcockian film set, but from Richard Miron’s directorial debut, For the Birds about Kathy Murphy, a woman living in Ulster County in rural New York with her husband and almost 200 ducks,…

A Northern Soul

2018 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 instant classic, which…

What Is Democracy?

2018 Director: Astra Taylor Words – Rhiannon Topham What is it that makes life worth living? Is it justice? Freedom? Wealth? The ability to climb the social ladder? These are the questions Astra Taylor seeks to answer in her filmatic cultural essay, What is Democracy?. The most apt word to describe her work seems to…

Boys Who Like Girls

2018 Director: Inka Achte Words – Rhiannon Topham Mumbai teenager Ved is struggling with his exams. His father is an abusive drunk who threatens to send him off to work on a farm in rural India unless he improves his grades. But Ved loves to dance, and he finds solace in a vital but severely…

Too Beautiful: Our Right To Fight

2018 Director: Maceo Frost Words – Rhiannon Topham Namibia Flores Rodriguez, the subject of Maceo Frost’s new film Too Beautiful – Our Right to Fight, opens the powerful and personal documentary about her vigorous struggle to lift the ban on female boxing in Cuba with some of the misogynistic comments she’s received. In Cuba, women…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

Now in its 25th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, screening compelling stories from around the world. Taking place in Sheffield June 7th – 12th, here’s our look at a selection of films featured at the festival in 2018. click on the film title to see our review   A Northern Soul…

The Endless

Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead Starring: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington, Emily Montague, Lew Temple Words – Manon Peyralade Among all the films that have been done about cults, The Endless is a standout feature. The story follows two brothers, Aaron and Justin (played by the film’s directors Aaron Moorhead and…

Must See Movies: June

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 what you think…

Solo: A Star Wars Story

2018 Director: Ron Howard Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Erin Kellyman Words – Christian Abbott Since the franchise began back in 1977, Star Wars has always had the most volatile reactions of any fan-base. You either love it or hate it. The Original…

Deadpool 2

2018 Director: David Leitch Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, Brianna Hildebrand, Zazie Beetz, Stefan Kapicic, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Bill Skarsgard, Shioli Kutsuna Words – Rhiannon Topham Don’t bother watching Deadpool 2 if you dislike Ryan Reynolds. That may sound obvious, but this time his credit as a writer is such…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 selection

Now in its 25th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, screening compelling stories from across the world. Taking place in Sheffield June 7th – 12th 2018, the festival prides itself in diversity, with the tagline – What’s Your Story? Here’s our selection of 12 films from the over 200 features you can…