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London 2015 – Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta
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London 2015 – Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta

Nicola Costantino: The Artefacta is the new documentary film from Italian filmmaker Natalie Christiani and follows in the tradition of The Artist is Present and Making Waves in showing us professional portraits of controversial artists preparing large works. But whereas The Artist is Present showed us an artist consumed with […]

LONDON 2015 – Live From New York! (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Live From New York! (2015)

There are a few American comedy institutions – long-running television series like The Simpsons and companies like National Lampoon – but none of these seem to have the endearing attraction for the American people, or the sense of local colour and tradition as we’ve seen in forty years and counting […]

Paradise (2013)
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Paradise (2013)

With a wit that’s as sharp & acidic as lemon juice, screenwriter Diablo Cody has proven herself to be one of the most refreshingly volatile voices in Hollywood since scribing Juno back in 2007. Her scripts have brimmed with scathing sarcasm & combustible confidence. And yet from the moment Julianne […]

VENICE 2015 – Interrogation (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Interrogation (2015)

The law may be an ass, but that’s irrelevant when those tasked to uphold it feel no compunction to do so. Based in part on a true story, Interrogation shows through the eyes of the disenfranchised what can happen when basic freedoms become the plaything of the unscrupulous. Vetrimaaran’s film […]

How To Change The World (2015)
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How To Change The World (2015)

2015 has so far been a stellar year for documentary filmmaking. We’ve seen an acceptance of documentary as a form of big budget film entertainment like never before. We’ve seen documentaries become both more entertaining but also more serious; and although, with films like Shoah, there has never been any […]

VENICE 2015 – From Afar (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – From Afar (2015)

Armando (Alfredo Castro) has lived his entire life from afar. He stands mute and expressionless on the edge of family, appears to have no friends, and works making dentures, a profession requiring little human contact. Even his vice isn’t much of one. He likes men, but he doesn’t want to […]

VENICE 2015 – For Your Love (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – For Your Love (2015)

From time to time, a film comes along that manages to do everything in the most annoying fashion possible. Inexplicably competing for the Golden Lion (home nation favouritism the only possible reason I can think of), For Your Love (Per Amor Vostro) is one such bête noire for me. Cheap, […]

VENICE 2015 – Go With Me (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Go With Me (2015)

If Go With Me were a meal, it would be the kind you have at a motorway service station. It’s as guaranteed to get the job done as it is to fade immediately from memory. There is nothing particularly wrong with Daniel Alfredson’s pacific north-west thriller nor is there anything […]

VENICE 2015 – Human (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Human (2015)

Human, like its director, is many things. A sweeping three hour plus surge through the voiceless (the original cut ran to 12 hours), it raises issues from gender discrimination to sexuality, violence, poverty and everything between, divided by the stunning aerial photography that first made Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s name. A documentary […]

VENICE 2015 – Remember (2015)
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VENICE 2015 – Remember (2015)

Move over Neeson, Costner, Brosnan and Penn, if you want to see how a geriatric thriller should be done, Christopher Plummer and Atom Egoyan have schooled us all. There’s no need for cavalier violence, regular explosions or the unnecessary plunging of a family member into peril. A robust cause, and […]