Sweet Country: Revisiting the Western

Warwick Thornton is the Australian director who made an impact with his debut, 2009’s Samson & Delilah. Now he returns as director with Sweet Country, a taut Outback western.

A Groundbreaking Performance

A groundbreaking work in more ways than one, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s fifth film is a powerful and heartbreaking piece that features a towering central performance.

Berlinale: Radical Narratives

Offering the usual mix of eclectic films from around the globe, this year’s Berlin Film Festival boasted a gem in the shape of Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile, playing in the Panorama section.

5 to See: Fashion Film

Fashion film is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of traditional narratives and aesthetics. This week’s selection showcases some of the trailblazing directors pioneering the genre.

Personal Chronicles

The Ice King narrates the life of the Olympic gold medalist ice skater John Curry, who elevated the sport it to new heights of artistry, making history as the first openly gay Olympian.

Glasgow Film Festival: Festival Roundup

Glasgow Film Festival’s 19th edition shows why it’s become an audience favourite in Scotland. The gala screenings are particularly juicy this year, beginning with Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Isle of Dogs.

Clio Barnard: Verbal Expressions

The Dark River tells the story of a dispute between Alice and her elder brother Joe. Following their father’s death, she returns to the family farm for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy.

Aesthetic Sensations

Emmanuel Gras’ Makala, winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize 2017, lends an observant eye and ear to the story of Kabwita Kasongo, who makes and sells charcoal in rural Congo.

5 to See: Southern Gothic

This week’s selection is a compilation of contemporary southern gothic films. A subversion of classic narratives, these are deeply atmospheric. Featured: The Coen Brothers and Park Chan-wook

Berlin Film Festival: A Preview

This week, the 68th Berlin Film Festival – or the Berlinale as its known – gets under way. Always a festival known for its political…

A Revolutionary Blockbuster

It may sound like an overstatement, but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a groundbreaking comic book movie, offering the first superhero of African origin to get his own stand-alone adventure.

Del Toro: Progressive Romance

Guillermo del Toro returns with The Shape of Water, the story of a mute cleaner who falls for an amphibious humanoid held in captivity in the government facility where she works.

5 to See: Shorts to Features

This week’s selection showcases the works of many critically acclaimed directors, whose foray into short films eventually led them to further develop ideas. Featured: Wes Anderson and Jennifer Kent.

Troubled Waters

The first of two films to be released in quick succession about real-life amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, James Marsh’s The Mercy is the glossy high-budget version of the story.

Emerging Visionaries

Returning to Southbank is the BFI Future Film Festival, now in its 11th edition. Aimed at young filmmakers, this four-day extravaganza promises to be the brightest and biggest yet.

Loveless: Social Meditations

Andrey Zvyagintsey is an award-winning Russian filmmaker, whose films include Elena (2011) and Leviathan (2014). Loveless, won the Jury Prize in Cannes in 2017 and is nominated for a BAFTA.

Rotterdam: Cinematic Showcases

Now reaching its 47th edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has a reputation for being one of the more experimental cinematic showcases in the calendar.

Measured Collections

Paul Thomas Anderson’s eighth film is as finely stitched as one of the couture gowns designed by
flawed protagonist Reynolds Woodcock, a 1950s London couturier played by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Energetic Freedom

Boy Blue Entertainment’s Emancipation of Expressionism, choreographed by Kenrick “H2o” Sandy, uses the vocabulary of hip-hop to communicate human experiences.

Academy Graduates

The Oscar nominations were announced this week, with the usual surprises and snubs. The marathon popularity contest that is the Academy Awards has had various frontrunners over the last few months.