Have you ever seen a Welsh samurai film? Well now you can! Gareth Evans, writer-director-editor of British-Indonesian martial arts action hits The Raid: Redemption and The Raid 2: Berandal, has posted a five-minute-long test sequence in the style of a mini-samurai movie.Read More
We're almost a week into the new year and, in addition to the usual health related self-improvement and language-learning resolutions, I've resolved to achieve four simple but important things that will make me a better, healthier cinephile by the end of 2016. Appreciating cinema is like practicing a sport: it takes a concerted effort to get past certain milestones and overcome certain obstacles. So come on, 2016, let's dance...Read More
It's almost Thanksgiving so let's talk about pain... What are those “one-time-only” movies that you just can’t leave alone? To which movies do you find yourself returning again and again, in spite of the agony they inflict upon you?Read More
The Bechdel Test Fest is a year-long series of screenings and events running in London and other parts of the UK in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Alison Bechdel's cartoon, 'The Rule', which inspired the Bechdel Test, a yard-stick by which to measure the representation of women on film. A particularly prominent feature of the Bechdel Test Fest's agenda is to expose British audiences to work by female directors not given a proper release in the UK, which has inspired me to compose a quiz highlighting a few of the notable female directors to have emerged in the last 30 years. Another fine opportunity to put your female filmmaker knowledge to the test will come with BTF's Feminist Film Quiz night at East London's Genesis Cinema on September 10th.
As I stumble through the process of submitting a short film to film festivals for the first time rejection is becoming an increasing part of my daily life. One after another, the rejections keep rolling in, non-specific and impersonal and peppered with encouraging platitudes. Yeah, rejection sucks sometimes but the big winner of last week's Jerusalem Film Festival, writer-director Avishai Sivan, has an excellent place to put his personal stack of rejection letters: on his website.Read More