Gareth Evans' Welsh Chanbara flick

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.

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New Year's Film Resolutions 2016

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...

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15 Female Filmmakers You Should Know

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.

 'The Rule' (1985) from Alison Bechdel's  Dykes to Watch Out For  comic strip. Bechdel credits her friend Liz Wallace with the idea for the rule.

'The Rule' (1985) from Alison Bechdel's Dykes to Watch Out For comic strip. Bechdel credits her friend Liz Wallace with the idea for the rule.