Galactic Spirituality

40 years on from the original Star Wars, the saga continues. The eighth instalment, The Last Jedi is an exhilarating, if occasionally bumpy, ride. Rian Johnson gets to pick up where J.J. Abrams left off.

Celebrating Analogue

In these days of digital, it’s easy to forget the glory of the 35mm film print. This coming weekend, you too can celebrate celluloid with Light Show #1 – a four-film event at London’s ICA.

Table Talk

Oren Moverman is the very talented screenwriter who worked on Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There. He reunites with Gere for The Dinner, an American-set take on the novel by Dutch author Herman Koch.

Changing Responsibilities

Ai Weiwei is the Chinese-born artist whose work has been exhibited all over the world.Now living in Berlin, he returns with Human Flow, a feature documentary about the refugee crisis.

Celluloid Dreams

Lisa Immordino Vreeland is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. She now returns with Love, Cecil, a stirring portrait of 20th century photographer Cecil Beaton.

ASFF 2018 Open for Entries

For the 2017 edition, we received thousands of entries, and our Official Selection saw a remarkable breadth of themes and styles. Now, we open for entries for our 2018 festival.

Substance Film Festival: Northern Lights

This week sees the start of Substance, a new festival celebrating the culture, creativity and the future of the north. Taking place around Hull, it’s an engaging and provocative mix of events.

Bourgeois Angst

Happy End does feel like a remix of Haneke’s greatest hits. A portrait of a well-to-do clan in Calais, it’s yet another dissection of the upper middle-classes.

Best Thriller 2017

Gridlock is a thriller set during a traffic jam on a country road. When a little girl goes missing, her father forms a desperate search party to find her, and soon everyone is a suspect.

Music Video Winner 2017

An elderly man reminisces over all that has defined him over the years , whilst time steadily moves backwards. Savvas Stavrou’s Metaxas – Sirens won the Best in Category for Music Video at ASFF 2017.

Fashion Winner 2017

With the intention of creating a print fashion editorial, accompanied by a complimentary film, The Sleeping Field project evolved beyond recognition.

Unnerving Relations

George Clooney’s latest film as director started life as a script by the Coen Brothers, a story the sibling filmmakers wrote over thirty years ago after their 1984 debut Blood Simple.

Conscious Uncoupling

Actor, comedian and now filmmaker, Mercedes Grower makes her directorial debut with Brakes, a bittersweet (and sometimes just bitter) series of vignettes featuring couples at the end.

Best Experimental 2017

The Happiest Barrack is an experimental documentary, and a chronicle of Director Noemi Varga’s grandmother’s life in Soviet Hungary. The short won the Best Experimental at ASFF 2017.

Underwire: Addressing Gender

Founded in 2010, Underwire is the only festival in the UK dedicated to celebrating female filmmaking. This year’s eighth edition is once again an insightful and engaging selection of films and events.

Best Documentary 2017

Sam Peeters’s Homeland portrays an ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, which reflects the current European zeitgeist. The short won Best Documentary at ASFF 2017.

Dance Winner 2017

Lil Buck with Icons of Modern Art is a short film that tours the Shchukin collection at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Andrew Margetson’s film won the Dance category at ASFF 2017.

Comedy Winner 2017

Raimo’s comfy middle class bubble is burst when a satan worshipping cult moves in next door. Teemu Niukkanen’s Fucking Bunnies is a slick portrayal of everyday life and the inconvenience of neighbours.

Negotiating Conflicts

With an ear to the noise of changing times, Imperial War Museum’s short film festival explores the causes and consequences of warfare with a slate of films that address both past and present.

Iconic Figuration

Beginning this week at London’s BFI Southbank is an intriguing six-week season of the films of Gloria Grahame. It coincides with this week’s release of Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool.