“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” ― Ingmar Bergman

Funding Calais

On 2nd September an image of three year old Aylan Kurdi washed up dead in a beach in Turkey after the boat he was travelling on with his family capsized was published online and caused huge international uproar. The response was astounding, and despite how the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, that image alone was enough to shock people into action. A simple [...]

Film Review: Oslo, 31st August (2011)

Writer and director Joachim Trier reunites with Anders Danielson Lie in the quiet, subdued and contemplative Oslo, 31st August. We first meet Anders as a former addict in rehab, displaying suicidal tendencies in the opening scene only to pick himself back up to an extent, and spend a day in Oslo. He is granted a day release, tells the rehab clinic that i[...]

Film Review: Ilo Ilo (2013)

From Director Anthony Chen is his award-winning debut feature film titled, ‘Ilo Ilo‘, an engaging and honest drama about a Singaporean family, and their struggle in the financial crisis of the late 1990’s. It’s initially a highly relatable story, not one obviously set to the financial crisis, either. A fairly standard portrait of a middle-class family; bot[...]

The Scared is Scared: A Child's Life Advice

As adults we often overcomplicate things, which is why this short film by Bianca Giaever is so refreshing. The Scared is Scared is a beautiful, simple look at the world through the eyes of a young child. Bianca asks six year old, Asa Baker-Rouse, "do you have any stories that you'd want to be a movie" to which Asa responds with a heart-warming story creat[...]

Film Review: Marshland (2014)

Set in Spain in 1980, the sixth feature from director Alberto Rodriguez chronicles the arrival in rural Andalusia of two detectives from Madrid in search of a couple of missing girls. From there the film grows into something larger, darker, and endlessly riveting. Marshland, known by its Spanish title "La Isla Minima" is a film that should (deservedly) fit [...]

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