Who decided independent cinemas are worth 2.8%?

At least one million people in the industry may have fallen through the cracks and missed out on government funding, according to the BBC. Arguably, many of those listed were chosen to oversee the distribution of funding due to their financial experience in the industry. While the Spotlight algorithm initially filters applicants, funding is then decided and managed by members of the Culture Recovery Fund Board. While the distribution of vital funds should indeed have input from financial experts, the selection of the CRF Board indicates that those most responsible…

The French Dispatch – first-look review

But still, this is the Wes we know and love, with his artful considerations of love, liberty and what lives on after we die. The film manages to portray the strident spirit of the magazine, with the kind of smart, intricate dialogue we’ve come to expect from Anderson interlaced with memorable plotlines that wouldn’t feel out of place in a highbrow periodical. Published 13 Jul 2021 Share this Anderson has pointed to The New Yorker as his grand inspiration, and this shines through with plenty of references without ever feeling…

Bergman Island – first-look review

Bergman’s ghost hangs over the island – a mildly oppressive presence that jars with the sparkling lakes and picturesque windmills that whizz past as you travel the roads by car or bike. Krieps is sparky and elegant while Roth is earnest and humorous. Pleasure drains out of the mood. She lives. When the film opens she is a 15-year-old schoolgirl obsessively in love with her 19-year-old boyfriend Sullivan (Sebastian Urzendowsky). Their relationship is presented without exposition. Sexual heat is well-earned after the breezy incidental narrative of Chris and Tony which…

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Enjoyment. But it was ultimately Harlem resident and promoter Tony Lawrence who pulled off this extraordinary feat, and he appears throughout the film as part-preacher, part-presenter, conducting quasi-sermons in a series of increasingly flamboyant shirts. There was a great deal of anguish among the Black people that faced abject poverty in a country with the means to send men to the moon. The event, dubbed ‘Black Woodstock’, was attended by 300,000 people and featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Sly & The Family Stone and…

Where Is Anne Frank? – first-look review

Published 13 Jul 2021 Share this Kitty (Ruby Stokes) appears as a ghostly figure in the present, searching for Anne amid the backdrop of the ongoing European refugee crisis. But to keep going, and growing, we need your support. Folman links the treatment of current refugees with the treatment of Jews and other marginalised groups under Nazi rule, and Kitty finds a friend in the form of teenage pickpocket Peter (Ralph Prosser), just as Anne (Emily Carey) found one in Peter Van Daan (Sebastian Croft). There’s something quite off-putting about…

Deception – first-look review

The dialogue shared by Philip and Seydoux’s character is one of total emotional openness, almost as if it’s an exercise in time travelling to the point where the strictures of conventional love and marriage have placed a subtle stranglehold on what can and can’t be said and done. It then goes on to ask, if the answer to the first question is yes, would you then change your mind when you realised that his adultery was feeding his creative impulses as an author? Intimacy and privacy are key themes, as…