The Favourite (2018)

  Yorgos Lanthimos’ seventh film, and his third in the English language, is proving to possibly be his most critically successful endeavour yet. Set in the early 18th century and focusing on the reign of Queen Anne, you might be forgiven for assuming that this is just another stuffy period drama that you might end…

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A (2018)

Steve Loveridge’s stunning and evocative documentary of his long time friend Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (aka rapper M.I.A) begins with a question that he poses to the British-Sri Lankan Tamil star. Why isn’t she like a normal popstar? Why don’t I shut the fuck up you mean, she replies with a cutting smile. M.I.A is not…

Grillpoint and The State I’m In: The Berlin School and Realism in Cinema

  The emergence of the Berlin School filmmaking in the early 2000s signalled a shift away from the internationally and financially successful heritage films of the recently united Germany and towards a new type of art house cinema. Andreas Dresen’s Halbe Treppe (Grillpoint) and Christian Petzold’s Die innere Sicherheit (The State I Am In) are…

Selma: A Film About Politics or a Political Film?

Something a little different today: this is an essay I wrote last year for a university module about political cinema. It discusses how a film, in this case Selma, can be political for many other reasons other than its content. Enjoy! Ava DuVernay’s political biopic Selma (2014) depicts the months leading up to the Selma to…