Portrait of a Lady on Fire

2019 Director: Céline Sciamma Starring: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino Words – Rhiannon Topham Historical dramas can be stuffy, can’t they? Just describing a film as a ‘historical drama’ conjures particularly priggish dress, dialogue and narrative, none of which is typically original or disruptive to the staid all ways of the genre….

System Crasher

2019 Director: Nora Fingscheidt Starring: Helena Zengel, Lisa Hagmeister, Albrecht Schuch, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Melanie Straub, Victoria Trauttmansdorff, Maryam Zaree, Tedros Teclebrhan Words – Rhiannon Topham A ‘system crasher’ is a child in the care system whose destructive behaviour render them unsuitable, or at least unplaceable, for a stable and permanent place to reside. Nine-year-old…

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

2019 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…

Dead Dicks

2019 Directors: Chris Bavota, Lee Paula Springer Starring: Jillian Harris, Heston Horwin, Matt Keyes Words – Nathan Scatcherd A sci-fi gallows comedy dealing with family trauma and co-dependence – with a Cronenbergian twist – Dead Dicks is a sharp and moving feature. When down-on-her-luck Becca receives some distressing messages from Richie, her mentally ill brother,…

Come To Daddy

2019 Director: Ant Timpson Starring: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Michael Smiley, Madeleine Sami, Martin Donovan Words – Nathan Scatcherd Come to Daddy is a nasty little film. A grimy, bloody, off-kilter thriller with moments of pitch black comedy, anchored by a central performance from Elijah Wood as a man who goes to a mysterious secluded…

Leeds International Film Festival 2019

The Leeds International Film Festival is one of the UK’s premiere platforms for new and world cinema. Taking place every November at venues around the city, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   The Lighthouse A visceral, hypnotic…

Celluloid Screams 2019

Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s annual horror film festival, is one of the UK’s premiere events for horror cinema from around the world. Taking place every October, see our look at some of the films featured at the 2019 festival – click on the film title to see our review.   Tone-Deaf Cross-generational conflict takes a grisly…

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…