Dramarama – Review

by Jordan King If your idea of getting high as a teen was more about singing Sondheim and playing improv theatre games than smashing shots and smoking weed, then HOO BOY do I have a film for you. Writer-director Jonathan Wysocki’s semi-autobiographical Dramarama, set in mid-90s America at a Victorian themed murder mystery party, is a coming-of-age film that acts as an unapologetic love letter … Continue reading Dramarama – Review

Rebel Dykes – BFI Flare 2021 Review

by Jordan King Alarm bells blare out at the beginning of Rebel Dykes, the feature-length expansion of Harri Shanahan and Sian A. Williams’ 2016 short form documentary bearing the same name. Right from the start, we are put on alert. Alarm bells ringing make my mind jump straight to fire, and in the case of this incendiary account of the rebel dyke sub-culture of lesbianism … Continue reading Rebel Dykes – BFI Flare 2021 Review

My First Summer – BFI Flare 2021 Review

by Jordan King Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Katie Found, Australian LGBT coming-of-age romance My First Summer is a revelation. Steeped in a sumptuous magic-hour glow that promises to soften and melt away the traumas and pains of its teenage protagonists, Found’s story of young love and self-discovery is a deeply moving, profoundly beautiful, and narratively as well as visually poetic piece of … Continue reading My First Summer – BFI Flare 2021 Review

Mogul Mowgli – Review

by Liam Macleod As a practising Muslim and rapper in his own right, Mogul Mowgli represents nothing less than an intensely personal journey for its leading man and co-writer Riz Ahmed. The story of an artist whose life closely parallels Ahmed’s own, with his ambitions and needs every bit as fragile. It is a film that demands an intimacy with Ahmed beyond what most actors … Continue reading Mogul Mowgli – Review

Ask Any Buddy – BFI Flare Film Festival 2020 Review

Our online culture has definitely made seeking sex a lot easier to seek out. With the rise of Grinder, Tinder, and porn sites, it seems that it is easier to access casual courting. This was not always the case and during the seventies, most men would find adult films and sex in all-male cinemas. Directed by Evan Purchell, Ask Any Buddy holds nothing back in … Continue reading Ask Any Buddy – BFI Flare Film Festival 2020 Review

My Fiona – BFI Flare Film Festival 2020 Review

Grief affects us all in different ways. The death of a person brutal and powerful but shatters into different pieces. Yet somehow it connects us. The pull of mourning pairs you with members of that persons circles in more ways than one. In Kelly Walker’s My Fiona, the intimacy and fragments of life after a lost loved one pulls two women together in unexpected ways. … Continue reading My Fiona – BFI Flare Film Festival 2020 Review