A Study of Obsession

ASFF alumnus Alice Seabright returns with her brand new six-part thriller on BBC One and iPlayer, ‘Chloe’. ‘The Crown’s Erin Doherty stars as Becky, who slips into obsession and manipulation.

Short Films to Watch:
LGBTQ+ History Month

February marks LGBTQ+ History Month. We select five films from past festivals for you to explore, including documentary, drama and spoken word.

Maternal Connection

Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish director of ‘Talk To Her’ and ‘Pain and Glory’, is back with his latest melodrama, ‘Parallel Mothers’, following two women who give birth on the same day.

5 Films For February

This February, there’s a wealth of variety in British cinemas, with some hugely impressive independent features and documentaries. ASFF picks out five of the must-see movies.

Aesthetica Stars of the Future: 2022
BAFTA and Oscar Longlists Announced

The 2022 BAFTA Longlists and Oscar Shortlists have been announced. We’re delighted to see so many Aesthetica filmmakers amongst those recognised!

Fairground Noir

Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director of ‘The Shape of Water’, is back with ‘Nightmare Alley’. In this visual spectacle, Bradley Cooper plays a con artist who stumbles into a travelling circus.

A Celebration of Arthouse

The 51st edition of IFFR begins this week, with the entire programme online. ASFF previews the festival, which opens with the world premiere of Amanda Kramer’s ‘Please Baby Please’.

Sundance Film Festival: A Preview

The latest edition of the Sundance Film Festival, North America’s most iconic gathering of independent movies from around the globe, launches online from 20-30 January 2022.

5 Vimeo Staff Picks: January 2022

Everyone loves Vimeo, the platform that is tailor-made for uploading short films for the world to see. ASFF picks five wonderful shorts that have been added in the past month.

Tragic Consequences

Joel Coen – this time without brother Ethan behind the camera – returns with ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, an adaptation of Shakespeare. Denzel Washington & Frances McDormand star.

What’s New To Streaming?

What’s new to streaming? ASFF selects five new TV series that are available stream on some of the world’s best platforms across January, including BBC’s ‘The Tourist’ and ITV’s ‘Anne’.

Moral Dilemmas

Asghar Farhadi, the director of ‘A Separation’ and ‘The Salesman’, returns with his latest film ‘A Hero’, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Filmed in Real Time

British director Philip Barantini talks to ASFF about his latest film ‘Boiling Point.’ Remarkably shot in an unbroken take, Stephen Graham stars as Andy Jones, a chef enduring a meltdown.

What to Watch in 2022

As 2021 draws to a close we look forward to the new year in the cinema. From Viking dramas to a Marilyn Monroe biopic, here are five of the most exciting films to watch out for in 2022.

5 Best Films of 2021

From 14th Century England via 1920s Montana to mid-Eighties Naples, this year directors took audiences to some wild and wondrous places. Here, ASFF rounds up some of the best of 2021.

Extreme, Intense, Unforgettable: Titane

Julia Ducournau’s controversial ‘Titane’, winner of the Palme d’Or in Cannes earlier this year, arrives in the UK. Newcomer Agathe Rousselle stars as Alexia in this unforgettable, transgressive film.

Nostalgia Trip

‘There Will Be Blood’ director Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film ‘Licorice Pizza’ stars Cooper Hoffman and Alana Haim. With romance never far away, this tale set in 1970s San Fernando Valley.

2022’s Unmissable Film Events

As 2022 approaches, ASFF looks forward to five film events in the coming year that allow us to get together and celebrate the magic of motion pictures, from festivals to secret cinemas.

Moving Pictures

Mark Cousins continues his odyssey exploring the history of cinema with his new essay-documentary ‘The Story of Film: A New Generation’, looking at recent developments in moviemaking.

Tension and Turmoil

Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her directorial debut with ‘The Lost Daughter’, an adaptation of the novel by Elena Ferrante, which stars Olivia Colman as a mother sifting through the memories of her past.

Film London Jarman Award: 2021

The 14th Film London Jarman Award has been announced, with the £10,000 prize going to moving image artist Jasmina Cibic, who is a former alumnus of the Aesthetica Art Prize.