JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

‘When I ate his sushi, I felt like I was listening to music’. Renowned food critic Mashuhiro Yamamotos’ description of dining at Sukiyabashi Jiro captures the heart of David Gleb’s 2011 exploration of Tokyo’s most celebrated sushi restaurant and its master chef Jiro Ono. If eating at Sukiyabashi Jiro is like listening to music, Gleb’s portrayal of its preparationContinue reading “JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI”

ROMANTIC COMEDY

For so many, no film genre defines their teenage years like the romantic comedy. With their aesthetic idealism, warmth, and promise of a fairy-tale ending, rom-coms often forge lifelong relationships with their viewers, to be watched over and over from adolescence and throughout adulthood. This is true for Elizabeth Sankey, who begins Romantic Comedy (2019)Continue reading “ROMANTIC COMEDY”

MIDNIGHT FAMILY

As governments around the world struggle to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, attentions turn to the healthcare systems on the front line. The effects of the virus on regions with weak public health services and endemic poverty rates have been inevitably catastrophic. The soaring death rates in countries like Brazil and Mexico have underlined theContinue reading “MIDNIGHT FAMILY”

LITTLE PYONGYANG

Roxy Rezvany’s short film Little Pyongyang tells the story of Joong-wha Choi a North Korean defector now living in the South London suburb of New Malden. Joong-wha’s subtle and stylised portrait sheds light on a notoriously secretive refugee community, revealing a shared plight of North Koreans searching for new life. In its sensitive portrayal ofContinue reading “LITTLE PYONGYANG”

FAHRENHEIT 11/9

It is November 9th in 2016, the now infamous night of the American election and the date from which Moore takes his title, one that calls back to his Palme d’Or winning Fahrenheit 9/11. Armed with the distance of years in Fahrenheit 11/9, Moore guides us through the circus of election night in his characteristicContinue reading “FAHRENHEIT 11/9”

MCQUEEN

McQueen (2018) documents the extraordinary life and career of the fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. Born to a working-class family in 1970’s London, McQueen would go on to become one of the most influential and globally recognised fashion designers of modern times. McQueen, co-directed by Ian Bohôte and Peter Ettedgui, charts a meteoric rise to fashionContinue reading “MCQUEEN”

PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE

“I can’t believe a film about menstruation just won an Oscar!” Last night Rayka Zehtabchi became the first Iranian woman to win an Oscar for her short documentary Period. End of Sentence. Her film, which is set in the rural Indian district of Hapur explores the effects of deep-rooted stigma surrounding menstruation, and the extraordinaryContinue reading “PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE”

THE CONFESSION

The Confession documents the life of Moazzam Begg a British Muslim who has been detained without trial on terrorism charges in Britain, Pakistan and Cuba. Director Ashish Ghadiali shows his recognition of the power of Moazzam’s testimony though a strikingly simple extended interview form. The Confession sees Moazzam powerfully recount a life that has beenContinue reading “THE CONFESSION”

TEN METER TOWER

In 2017 Swedish filmmakers Maximilien Van Aertryke and Axel Danielson paid 67 people who had never jumped from a 10 meter diving board the equivalent of $30 to climb the tower and walk to the edge of the platform. But would they jump? A psychological battle is set. One where the diving platform of TenContinue reading “TEN METER TOWER”