“Everyone can have a seat at the table, it can’t be as it was.”
The Big Interview: Mia Bays


When film industry research and first-hand experience told her that female writers and directors were being excluded, Mia Bays knew things couldn’t continue as they were. Mike Pinnington speaks to the Oscar-winning producer… ...


Comment: Post-Horror? Give Audiences More Credit


As Midsommar and Don’t Look Now hit UK cinemas, Mike Pinnington applauds the horror film that breaks free of genre constraints… I get where people are coming from when they talk about ‘post-horror’, ‘elevated horror’...


Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona – Reviewed


Following up success with Senna (2010) and Amy (2015), for his latest film director Asif Kapadia turns his attention to the destructive genius of Diego Armando Maradona. Mike Pinnington reviews… In grainy footage,...


“There are many ways to be a woman”: Out of Blue – Reviewed


Subverting the conventions of film noir, Carol Morley’s latest Out of Blue opens in cinemas today. But, asks Mike Pinnington, does its heavily worn ambition result in a good story well told? For...


“Art Kills in this Movie”: Velvet Buzzsaw – Reviewed


Dan Gilroy’s latest film Velvet Buzzsaw, which arrived on Netflix this week, finds room for high art and high camp amid some grizzly and inventive deaths, finds Mike Pinnington… Art world satire posing...


“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…...