Selfie

Selfie Director: Agostino Ferrente Words – Rhiannon Topham The ‘film within a film’ method of movie making, where the story is portrayed through the lens of a mobile phone camera as an eyewitness account, is at risk of becoming hackneyed. It does however, lend itself well (and make a lot of sense) to documentaries, especially…

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…

Dark Suns

Dark Suns Director: Julien Elie Words – Rhiannon Topham Sometimes you watch a documentary and it leaves such a profound imprint on your mind, you kick yourself for having been so ignorant to the subject matter before viewing. Dark Suns, director Julien Elie’s first film in 15 years, is one of those documentaries. A haunting…

Rafiki – interview with director Wanuri Kahiu

A story of two young women forced to choose between happiness and safety, Rafiki is a vibrant and colourful film with stunning chemistry between its two leads. The film was originally banned in Kenya for its bold approach to LGBTQ+ representation. We interviewed director Wanuri Kahiu at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield. You can see…

Must See Movies: October

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……

Must See Movies: August

At Reel Steel we want to make sure you’re getting the most of your cinematic enthusiasm, so each month we put together our short list of some of the best new releases, from popcorn munching explosion fests to the often weird and wonderful. Take a look at the trailers below and see this month’s recommendations……

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…

What Is Democracy?

2018 Director: Astra Taylor Words – Rhiannon Topham What is it that makes life worth living? Is it justice? Freedom? Wealth? The ability to climb the social ladder? These are the questions Astra Taylor seeks to answer in her filmatic cultural essay, What is Democracy?. The most apt word to describe her work seems to…

Too Beautiful: Our Right To Fight

2018 Director: Maceo Frost Words – Rhiannon Topham Namibia Flores Rodriguez, the subject of Maceo Frost’s new film Too Beautiful – Our Right to Fight, opens the powerful and personal documentary about her vigorous struggle to lift the ban on female boxing in Cuba with some of the misogynistic comments she’s received. In Cuba, women…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

With 2018 marking its 25th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary festival, screening compelling stories from around the world. Taking place at a multitude of venues across Sheffield, here’s our look at a selection of films featured at the festival in 2018. click on the film title to see our review   A…