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…

Rafiki

Director: Wanuri Kahiu Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Nini Wacera, Muthoni Gathecha, Charlie Karumi, Jimmy Gathu, Vitalis Waweru, Githae Njogu Words – Rhiannon Topham Modern cinema is experiencing an exciting political renaissance. Daring narratives that tackle some of society’s most prevalent taboos are filling the lacunae left by the contextually hollow…

Skate Kitchen

2018 Director: Crystal Moselle Starring: The Skate Kitchen Words – Joe H. In the first narrative feature from Crystal Moselle, director of acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack, we follow the real life all-female skateboarding crew called Skate Kitchen, in an almost documentary-like look at youth, friendship and the sometimes misrepresented skateboarding culture. A lonely suburban teenager…

A Northern Soul – Director Q&A

2018 A Northern Soul Director: Sean McAllister Words – Christian Abbott Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 kicked off this year with the world premiere of A Northern Soul, the latest film from director/filmmaker Sean McAllister. It sees him return to his home town of Hull after a career of exploring the world through cinema. Hull recently became…

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…