Firebird – BFI Flare 2021 Review

by Nathan Osborne Making its world premiere at BFI Flare, Peeter Rebane’s familiar but beautifully crafted feature debut is a soaring exploration of masculinity, homophobia and sexuality in secret. Set at the height of the Cold War and based on a true story, Firebird charts the love triangle between a troubled young private, a daring fighter pilot and a female comrade on a soviet Air … Continue reading Firebird – BFI Flare 2021 Review

Kajillionaire – BFI London Film Festival Review

by Jordan King There’s a strong argument to be made that the only truly functional family is a dysfunctional family. It is in the clashes of character and convictions mediated by the bond of blood and instinctual inseparability that family life is defined, especially in the ever-maddening and increasingly divisive world we occupy today. In multi-hyphenate artist extraordinaire Miranda July’s latest self-written and directed feature … Continue reading Kajillionaire – BFI London Film Festival Review

Chained for Life – Review

The film industry has a had a long history of using and abusing anyone different. Whether it’s is casting non-disabled actors in dramatic roles about being inhibited by their disability or simply making them the villains of the piece. From Todd Browning’s Freaks to even latest musical escapade The Greatest Showman, those who are different have been exploited on the big screen. Aaron Schimberg’s feature … Continue reading Chained for Life – Review

Border – Review

Fairy-tales.. They have seeped throughout time and history. Chattered imagination has been whispered in bed-time stories and campfire horrors. For centuries with been spooked by spectres, haunted by horrors, and frightened by fantasies. In Scandinavia, adults and children have been particularly terrified by their own particular historical creatures. Creatures which Ali Abbasi has spun into a glorious modern yarn. Border revolves around Tina, a woman … Continue reading Border – Review

Ray and Liz – Review

First features always have smatterings of something deeply personal. Desiree Akhavan explored her New York life in Appropriate Behaviour whilst  Bo Burhnam injected his own sense of self into Eighth Grade. Filmmakers always input their souls into their films but for a first feature, it always seems more poignant – closer to the director’s reality. For Richard Billingham, his debut Ray & Liz truly puts … Continue reading Ray and Liz – Review

Green Book – Review

Green Book is definitely one of those movies that will take you entirely by surprise. The film’s premise and trailer, indeed, set up this white saviour reverse Driving Miss Daisy. Whilst the movie certainly has elements of this, it also goes beyond this. That’s because of the core real-life friendship at the centre of it. Directed by Peter Farrelly, who created Dumb and Dumber and … Continue reading Green Book – Review