Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

In one visually-arresting sequence, Jamie ventures into Hugo’s memories. Adapted from a much-loved musical, Jonathan Butterell’s film has a lot to live up to. While his absent father (Ralph Ineson), lousy careers adviser (Sharon Horgan) and homophobic school bully (Samuel Bottomley) strive to scupper Jamie’s dreams, his adorable best friend Pritti (Lauren Patel) encourages him in all his forms of self-expression. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Review by Emily Maskell @EmMaskell Share this Directed by Jonathan Butterell Starring Lauren Patel Max Harwood Sarah Lancashire Anticipation. Sometimes sickly sweet but always palatable.…

The Story of Looking

The Story of Looking Review by Laura Venning @laura_venning Share this Directed by Mark Cousins Starring Mark Cousins Anticipation. As someone obsessed with the act of looking, he is forced to grapple with what vision really means. In Retrospect. Most arresting is Cousins’ decision to show the eye surgery itself in enormous, unavoidable close-up. This is clearly not so much the story of looking but his story of looking. Mark Cousins can sometimes be a tad po-faced but this lockdown project is intriguing. Perhaps after months of staring at the…

Mark Cousins on The Story of Looking and his screen epiphanies

I was 20 when I saw this and we were very under the cosh of Thatcherism. No one had. Jakubowska was incarcerated in Auschwitz and then, just a year after liberation, she was back there, directing this remarkable fiction film in the camp. I don’t think I’d seen a panic attack on screen before, or at least rendered in that way, as a kind of numbness. Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage As I’ve made a film about Holocaust denial and am very interested in how movies portray atrocity, I thought…

The Humans – first-look review

Published 14 Sep 2021 Share this The film inevitably loses this spatiality through cuts, but Karam uses the medium to his advantage, employing extreme close-ups (if maybe a few too many) and framing his characters between doorways to give the impression of a dollhouse. Unfolding in real-time, pleasantries quickly thaw into deep-seated anxieties that no one is fit to observe. The Humans – first-look review Stephen Karam adapts his own Tony Award-winning family drama with the help of an impressive ensemble cast.Turning a Broadway hit into a film usually goes…