Seven Samurai

1954 Director: Akira Kurosawa Starring: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura, Minoru Chiaki, Seiji Miyaguchi, Yoshio Kosugi, Bokuzen Hidari, Yoshio Inaba Words – Christian Abbott All great films can be traced back to other works of art from decades past. The cynical would say that nothing is…

Japan 2020

From Akira Kurosawa, to Godzilla and Studio Ghibli, Japan has given the world some of its most iconic titles in cinema. To mark the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, we took a retrospective look at a selection of films which hold a lasting influence on cinema and popular culture, as well…

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…

The Lighthouse

  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…

My Friend Fela

2019 Director: Joel Zito Araújo Featuring: Carlos Moore, Sandra Izsadore, Seun Kuti, Fela Kuti Words – Nathan Scatcherd My Friend Fela, the new documentary from Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo, is an admirable look at the hugely influential and celebrated human rights activist and musical pioneer Fela Kuti. Kuti was instrumental in challenging the colonialism…

Marriage Story

2019 Director: Noah Baumbach Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta Words – Rhiannon Topham Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story opens with a couple of sickly sweet voiceovers from a couple listing everything they love and admire about their significant other. One leaves cupboard doors open and personal belongings strewn around the…

Babyteeth

2019 Director: Shannon Murphy Starring: Eliza Scanlen, Toby Wallace, Ben Mendelsohn, Essie Davis Words – Rhiannon Topham Ah, young love. Our first flame is usually a clumsy affair defined more by how awkward the whole thing is than any real or lasting affection. The majority of these ‘relationships’ end swiftly with the heartbreaking realisation that…

Saint Maud

Director: Rose Glass Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle Words – Rhiannon Topham It takes a very rare beast of a directorial debut to make you wince, laugh and question the capacity of the human mind in less than 90 minutes. Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, a sinuous saga of madness and torment respects the many religion-inspired…

Hope Gap

2019 Director: William Nicholson Starring: Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor Words – Rhiannon Topham Everybody loves some onscreen familial imbroglio — especially when that involves Bill Nighy as a reticent history savant who likes correcting Wikipedia pages in his spare time. There’s something quite sadistic in garnering entertainment from a tale of marital unhappiness,…

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 –…