The Beatles: Get Back

Ringo participates, and George too: the scene in which he talks about how he came up with ‘I Me Mine’ the night before is particularly moving, with John and Yoko waltzing to the already almost fully-formed song. His epic three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back is based on the 60 hours of footage and the 150 hours of audio recordings that were captured at the time and kept in Apple Corps’ vaults all these years. Amazingly, Jackson and his team appear to have learned the wrong lesson from this history.…

Why I love Rachel Weisz’s performance in The Deep Blue Sea

‘Adagio for Strings’ by Samuel Barber plays because this moment needs to be operatic. This union represents the “himself” that Freddie sometimes gives. Their bodies are the same ivory marble, both lean with lines of musculature. The story would not work and her character would not stand up if the audience did not see the bliss he once afforded, and so it comes early, a high watermark that acts as a counterpoint to the suffering that follows. What landed was “this wonderful luminosity and wonderful eyes”. She is instantly and…

Lapwing

Give it a go… Share this Share this An atmospheric tale of toxic masculinity in Tudor England from writer Laura Turner and director Philip Stevens.A faraway beachside encampment, somewhere in Tudor England, and toxic masculinity is running rife among the men and women of this fair isle. Low-budget British period drama with some light genre trappings. Published 25 Nov 2021 Share this In Retrospect. Visually and dramatically, the film doesn’t reinvent any wheels, nor does it set out too, instead happy to splice together a satisfyingly intense period drama with…

Is it time to retire the term “documentary”?

This is, of course, not to say that there aren’t valuable works being made in this cinematic sub-category, but the description does, by association, serve to ghettoise the challenging and idiosyncratic work showcased by places like Frames of Representation and, in the US, festivals such as True/False in Missouri. Since 2016, the annual Frames of Representation festival has sought to celebrate the pathfinding and ingenious artists who essentially sculpt with the documentary medium in search of new forms of expression and articulation. To push this line of reasoning further, documentary…