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Social Evolution

Marking the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote, Barbican stages a mini-season of films about inspirational women. Suffrage, Cinema and Beyond is part of The Art of Change season.

Poignant Reflections

The title of Italian director Paolo Virzi’s first English-language movie refers not to a person, but an RV owned by an ageing American couple, John and Ella, (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren).

100 Years On: Representations of the Great War

To this day, the First World War endures as one of the most impacting human conflicts. A turning point for technology, morality and social responsibility…

Rethinking Tradition

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide. But today they face a grave threat. Mark Day discusses The Islands and the Whales.

Northern Soul

Adrian Shergold’s work includes Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Low Winter Sun and He Kills Coppers. His latest film, Funny Cow, stars Maxine Peake as a would-be stand-up comedian.

East End Film Festival: A Round Up

This week, the East End Film Festival gets underway. First formed in 2000, the festival now opens with a real coup including Boom For Real, Revenge and Pin Cushion.

ASFF Alumni: Addressing the Short Form

Directed by Boldizsár Cr, Cry of the City narrates the challenges that young people have to face in order to follow their dreams. The film screened as part of ASFF 2017’s Fashion strand.

An Enigmatic Portrait

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco is art historian, curator and filmmaker James Crump’s third feature film, which tells the story of the most influential fashion illustrator of the 1970s.

Western Mythologies

Some directors are made to be seen on the big screen. Sergio Leone is one such filmmaker. The Italian auteur is being granted a welcome retrospective this month at BFI Southbank.

Beyond the Surface

Todd Haynes’s masterful pastiche of 1950s melodramas, Far From Heaven, is fixated on notions of facades and truth. The film leverages the exaggerated style of social melodramas.

Mysterious Connections

Todd Haynes is the American writer-director whose work includes Velvet Goldmine and Far From Heaven. His latest movie is Wonderstruck, which comes adapted from the book by Brian Selznick.

Life-Affirming Film

Winner of the Grand Prix at 2017’s Cannes Film Festival, Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM is set at the height of the AIDS crisis. It begins in the 1990s, following a group of activists.

Covert Operations

The hugely popular Secret Cinema is back with another London extravaganza. This time it’s Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi Blade Runner; purists will be happy to know it’s the director’s 2007 version.

Radical Animation

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is a stop-motion tale of Japanese canines expelled to the remote Trash Island. The film won Anderson Best Director at the recent Berlin Film Festival. He speaks to ASFF.

New Realities

Ready Player One is Spielberg’s most exhilarating big screen entertainment in years, filled with exactly what he does best – thrill rides, young dreamers and cutting-edge tech.

Flatpack Festival: Redefining Programming

Flatpack Festival creates an arena for sensory experience, combining film screenings with interactive events across a variety of forms. The 10-day event offers a markedly eclectic line-up.

Exploring New Technologies

Steven Soderbergh’s latest film stars Claire Foy as Sawyer Valentini, a woman who unwittingly becomes an inmate in a psych ward. He shot the film entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus. 

VFX SupervisorIndustrial Light & Magic

Julian Foddy is VFX Supervisor for Lucas Film’s Industrial Light & Magic whose personal credits include, Solo: A Start Wars Story and Ready Player one. Previous to his current role, Julian worked at Double Negative for 10 years, working on major film projects with Paul Greengrass (Greenzone) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Night).

Deep Waters

The second film in just over a month to deal with the tragic fate of real-life sailor Donald Crowhurst, Simon Rumley’s film now hits these shores. It’s a potent and powerful work.

Positive Representation

The BFI Flare festival returns to take over the BFI Southbank for the next twelve days, offering an impressive array of LGBTQ+ movies and an exciting line-up of guest speakers.

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