Film



Edgy reboots: right or ridiculous?

14th April 2021

Not even Scooby-Doo gets to be happy anymore. Everyone loves a bit of nostalgia. As a result, in recent years we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of early-00s childhood-show reboots. For example, Fate: The Winx Saga is one such reboot which reimagines the much-loved early-00s animated series Winx Club in live-action. The original ...


Iranian cinema: a premiere

2nd April 2021

A cursory look and a list of our top recommendations for Iranian film beginners. If you like browsing through lists of the best movies in cinema history, you have probably come across one or two Iranian movies. Four Iranian movies were included on the BBC’s top 100 films of the 21st-century list. Iranian cinema is ...


Review: Cowboys (GFF)

16th March 2021

This story of a trans boy is complicated by his family, and has the setting of a western.  Vast Montana mountain ranges, shotgun standoffs with the sheriff, horse-napping, and starlight camping. Not what you’d expect from an indie drama centred on an 11-year-old trans boy; his loving, devoted father struggling with bipolar disorder; and his ...


Is piracy ever justified?

16th March 2021

Though it might’ve been a different story pre-pandemic, now it’s not. Think back to the time when you first got the internet and made use of the torrent sites to convert the YouTube video of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi into an MP3 to download on your iPod Nano. Or maybe it was Rihanna’s Shut Up and ...


Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?

14th March 2021

Misrepresentation of mental illness in cinema is a problem, but what’s the solution? The psychopath has been an archetypal character since cinema began and seems to only get more popular as time goes on. We have all grown used to these characters and the tropes of thriller or horror films, increasingly familiar with the real ...


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: 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 ...