“A Truly Remarkable Film”
Female Human Animal


Inspired by surrealist Leonora Carrington, and shot partly during the install for the Tate exhibition in her name, Mike Pinnington delves into the uncanny world of Female Human Animal…  Both inspired and haunted...

Still from STUDIOCANAL's restored, 4K classic THE FOG (1980)

“Something-as-yet unseen festers at sea…” In Profile: The Fog (1980)


Never have John Carpenter’s revenant killers loomed quite so handsomely out of the fog as in this new 4K restoration from STUDIOCANAL, finds fanboy Mike Pinnington… “That celebration tonight is a travesty –...

Agnès  Varda  with  3  moving  images.  3  rhythms.  3  sounds,  2018.  Photo:  Thierry  Bal

The Big Interview: Agnès Varda // Liverpool Biennial 2018


As her new installation is revealed at FACT for Liverpool Biennial, we speak to pioneer of the French New Wave: award-winning filmmaker, photographer and artist, Agnès Varda… On using triptychs in her work:...

Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep (1996) -- still

“It asserts that cinema retains the power to surprise…” In Profile: Irma Vep (1996)


With his latest psychological thriller, Personal Shopper (2016), debuting on Netflix UK recently, Mike Pinnington takes an opportunity to look back at French director Olivier Assayas’ 1996 breakout success: his ‘very meta’ Irma Vep…...

New Blade Runner 2049 - still

Me, Replicant? The Cultural Impact Of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982)


How can Denis Villeneuve’s new Blade Runner 2049 live up to Ridley Scott’s original? A film that took Philip K Dick’s famous source novel, and went on to spawn its own mythology, as...


The Ultimate Test: Blade Runner & Voight-Kampff Cinema


What would happen if Blade Runner’s Voight-Kampff test – a polygraph-like machine used to determine its subject’s humanity – was applied to the cinematic form itself? Nik Glover dons his best Deckard trench...

Chris Marker's A Grin Without A Cat (1977)

“The concept of revolution is ubiquitous and urgent”: What’s Left? A Century In Revolution


What’s Left? A Century in Revolution at Tyneside Cinema Newcastle marks the centenary of the 1917 October Revolution in Russia. Mike Pinnington interviews programme curator Úna Henry to find out how the films examine global...

Still, Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (1973)

In Profile: Psychomania / The Death Wheelers (1973)


Ahead of its screening tonight, as part of Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia’s PZYK CINEMA, Aoife O’Brien profiles director Don Sharp’s hallucinatory, silly and sensory British horror film… Unveiling a programme of PZYK CINEMA back in August with...

Still, The Rat King: Jess Dadds. Playback in association with Random Acts

“Illuminating and gut-wrenching”: Our Playback Highlights


Channel 4’s Random Acts have gained a reputation for commissioning experimental, challenging and downright weird short films. As an exhibition of 200 works by some of its most talented, 16—24 year old filmmakers...