John Akomfrah

In Profile: John Akomfrah


Heather Garner takes a closer look at the work of political ‘visual essayist’ John Akomfrah ahead of his Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015 retrospective, and finds that beauty can permeate the most difficult subject matter… Filmmaker,...

Come Back, Africa (1959)

In Profile: Come Back, Africa (1959)


Screening tomorrow, and with echoes of the recent Ferguson riots, Adam Scovell considers an anti-apartheid docu-drama that sits tragedy against great warmth and humour… Reality is a difficult concept to discuss when applied to cinema. The authenticity...

Holloway 2015 (still): Adam Scovell, Robert Macfarlane

Introducing: The ‘English Eerie’ Of Holloway


Featured in the Guardian and working alongside one of Britain’s finest authors, The Double Negative writer and freelance filmmaker Adam Scovell channels a very English kind of terror in his new short film, Holloway…...

In Profile: Tod Browning's Freaks (1932)

In Profile: Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932)


An ancient curio of subversive Hollywood, or just plain provocative? Adam Scovell analyses what is possibly early cinema’s most uncomfortable horror… That strange period between American cinema that experimented with early sound, right through to...

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)

In Profile: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960)


“I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them”: Adam Scovell analyses one of Hitchcock’s most famous thrillers through the lens of the director’s personal fear of authority… There is little doubt that Alfred...

Introducing: A Small Cinema, Liverpool


A Small Cinema in Liverpool – video 01 – the gauntlet from Small Cinema on Vimeo. A love letter to cinema: Mike Pinnington looks forward to the launch of a very special, BFI-endorsed...

Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011)

Capstone Classics: See Indian Culture In A Different Light


A new monthly film club from the Capstone Theatre and Milapfest is bringing the best of Indian cinema to Liverpool audiences. And it’s about time, says Adam Scovell… In a series of world cinema events organised...

Beyond Clueless (2014)

The Big Interview: Charlie Lyne, Beyond Clueless


We speak to the director of new teen movie documentary, Beyond Clueless, about his school years, first-time filmmaking, and why EuroTrip is the greatest teen movie of all time… A dreamlike documentary about...

ON LOOP -- Greenhorn Short Film Festival 2014

Introducing: Greenhorn Short Film Festival


Director and patron Mike Leigh describes it as “healthily anarchic and sharp as a row of needles”, and Ideas Tap are supporting their new award for young filmmakers. But what is Greenhorn Short Film...