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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.

Reinterpreting Narrative

Garth Davis reunites with the Biblical epic Mary Magdalene, in which Rooney Mara plays the title character, a follower of Jesus said to have witnessed his crucifixion.

Performative Cinema

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s new film The Square is an ambitious, provocative and exasperating work that will cause debate wherever it plays, dealing with issues of artistic expression.

South by Southwest: A Growing Culture

Whilst Sundance has always been the premiere film festival in America, the last few years has seen the growing importance of South by Southwest, which previews film, music, comedy and gaming.

The Human Condition

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 22nd edition, is back this month in London, with 14 new films offering fresh new perspectives on contemporary human rights issues.

Controversial Narratives

Lynne Ramsay is the acclaimed Scottish filmmaker behind Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need To Talk About Kevin. She returns with You Were Never Really Here, an elliptical but powerful tale.

Illuminating Documentary

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a little-known Hollywood tale about a star who never received her due. Directed by Alexandra Dean, it’s an unearthing of Lamarr’s existence away from the spotlight.

Fashion Film: Beyond Materialism

Inviting an array of self-aware, ultramodern contemporary creatives to an avant-garde, castle-like interior, director Kathryn Ferguson considers what is luxurious in a new, digital age.

DYSPLA: New Sensory Experiences

Challenging the way individuals think about, visual information, the advantages of living with dyslexia and neurodivergency are highlighted in DYSPLA’s first International Moving Image Festival.

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