Leeds Film Festival 2019 selection

Now in its 33rd year, the Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place November 6th – 21st at various venues around the city, with festival strands including all-day and all-night horror marathons, animation and short films. See our selection of 6 films to see…

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…

Saint Maud

2019 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…

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 –…

BFI Film Festival 2019 selection

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 coming in 2019, see our pick of 5 films to look out for at the…

Once Aurora – director interview

Once Aurora is a coming-of-age music documentary that’s as uplifting as it is potent. See our feature review of the film >here<. We interviewed director Benjamin Langeland and producer Thorvald Nilsen following the film’s UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.   Reel Steel: What’s the reception been to the film so far? Thorvald Nilsen: It’s…

A Bigger Splash

1974 Director: Jack Hazan Words – Rhiannon Topham I can imagine the wave of disinterestedness when A Bigger Splash originally came out. A semi-fictionalised docu-drama about the story behind David Hockney’s famous painting of the same name, it is essentially an hour plus of ‘beautiful’ people doing ‘interesting’ things as they go about their charmed…

Once Aurora

Once Aurora Directors: Stian Servoss, Benjamin Langeland Words – Rhiannon Topham I’d never heard of Aurora Aksnes, or AURORA as she’s known to her fans, prior to this documentary. But having spent just over an hour with her (sort of), I now feel like I know her quite well. We’re roughly the same age, but…