Film & TV



Review: Dreams on Fire (GFF)

8th March 2021

A modern, Japanese take on Step Up? Count us in. For both the films I’ve reviewed from GFF, I decided to go in relatively blind, so I could be surprised by whatever the filmmakers had in store. The only prior knowledge I had of Dreams on Fire was that it was a modern, Japanese take ...


Review: Jumbo (GFF)

8th March 2021

An unexpected, original take on the classic tale of an outsider. Jumbo has been selected as one of the Caledonian MacBrayne Audience Award nominees at this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, and it’s easy to see why. The story of Noémi Merlant’s Jeanne is a classic tale of an outsider, someone who’s a little “different”, teaching ...


Can too much choice be a bad thing?

4th March 2021

After Disney’s announcement of its extensive slate of upcoming projects, Tenzin Murry explores this explosion of entertainment. 2020 was a year defined by being locked down and indoors. A recent Ofcom study confirmed that many people had little else to do besides binge their way through box-sets in Netflix’s back-catalogue. Viewing figures for streaming services ...


Review: The Dig

1st March 2021

Netflix film The Dig tells the story of the discovery of Sutton Hoo. Before 1938, one of the biggest archaeological finds in Britain remained deep under burial mounds on an estate in Ipswich, East Anglia. Curious about what was under these mounds, estate owner Edith Pretty contacted Ipswich Museum in summer 1937, and the following ...


If you watch one film this month…

28th February 2021

Our monthly tips have a Covid-style reboot as inhouse film buff Madeline shares her top film recommendations for each culture subsection.  Music: Inside Llewyn Davis (BFI Player) The best of the Coens’ unparalleled filmography, Inside Llewyn Davis is a fictionalised adaptation of The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the autobiography of influential folk musician Dave Van ...


Review: Undergods (GFF)

28th February 2021

Undergods is an entrancing, immersive dystopia. Undergods brings you into its “world” through the eyes of two post-apocalyptic scavengers, roaming a bleak and ashy wasteland in search of corpses to sell while they drink gasoline and swap strange tales through mouths of rotted teeth. Who are these people? Why do they do what they do? ...


Review: Castro’s Spies (GFF)

28th February 2021

An exhilarating tale of resistance and espionage forms the basis of this new historical documentary, as Ollie Aslin and Gary Lennon investigate the activities of those who lingered in the shadows of Cuba and America’s plagued relationship. Regardless of whether or not you are an avid student of 20th-century diplomatic history like me, I am ...


The Golden Globes’ diversity problem

28th February 2021

Michaela Coel’s landmark show I May Destroy You was outrageously snubbed by The Golden Globes while Emily in Paris received a bizarre nomination.  The nominations for the Golden Globes have been announced, recognising a brilliant wave of British talent for a variety of performances in film and television over the last year. Emma Corrin, Daniel ...


Review: My Favourite War (GFF)

26th February 2021

My Favourite War is a portrait of life under Soviet rule, and a coming-of-age story for Soviet society. In this intimate autobiographical film, Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen recalls her arduous search for a sense of truth and justice within the stark, repressive world of the Eastern Bloc. Interspersed with archival footage, family photos, interviews, and animation, ...


Review: In the Shadows (GFF)

26th February 2021

In the Shadows leaves the viewer with more questions than answers about its dystopian vision. When I read the synopsis for the “steampunk dystopian film” In the Shadows, I had quite a strong preconception of what it would be like. Thankfully, I was very wrong. I was intrigued by this description, and the film left ...