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….

120 BPM

Director: Robin Campillo Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Arnaud Valois Words – Jessica Piette Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM is an intimate, highly charged portrait of the Act Up movement in early 90’s Paris. Following a group of young queer activists, the film depicts their battle with pharmaceutical giants and the state for…

Dunkirk

2017 Director: Christopher Nolan Starring: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Aneurin Barnard, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn-Carney, Barry Keoghan, Jack Lowden Words: Joe H. The events of the evacuation of Allied troops in 1940 from the beaches of Dunkirk as enemy forces approached are told here through three intertwining stories –…

Raw

2016 – France Director: Julia Ducournau Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella Words: Christian Abbott   Raw by French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, her theatrical debut, is the latest addition to the cannibal sub-genre, while managing to remain entirely its own film. This is a visually striking work in both composition and content, a sort of…