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…

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…

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…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019

With 2019 marking its 26th year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is the UK’s premier documentary film festival. Under the tagline “Ways of Seeing” the festival prides itself in diversity, screening compelling stories from around the world. See our look at some of the films featured in 2019. Click on the film title to see our review.  …

Must See Movies: June

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……

Thunder Road

Director: Jim Cummings Starring: Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson, Jocelyn DeBoer Words – Toni Stanger Thunder Road opens with Officer Jim Arnaud (Jim Cummings) delivering the eulogy at his mother’s funeral. It’s a 10-minute scene shot in one long, unbroken take, which is the perfect way to introduce us to this unravelling character. Jim…

Vox Lux

2019 Director: Brady Corbet Starring: Natalie Portman, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jude Law Words – Toni Stanger Tonally, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux feels like an amalgamation of three different films, especially as it is split into a prologue with two main acts. The opening, set in 1999, is very profound as it explores normality turning…

Must See Movies: May

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……

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…