Brief Encounter (1945)

Illicit Encounters: Love And Deception In Film


As BFI LOVE season presents a 70th anniversary celebration of David Lean’s paean to extra-marital activity and doomed romance, Brief Encounter (1945), Nik Glover takes a look at where love, marriage and deception...

Infinite Horizon (Stephen Simmonds, UK) - Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF)

Aesthetica Short Film Festival — Our Highlights


Astronauts, the grim reaper and the sex industry all play muse to a huge selection of short films at York’s annual homage to cinema, finds Jack Roe… On first impression, it seems the most prominent aspect...

Fred "Freddy" Krueger

Nine, Ten, Never Sleep Again: RIP Wes Craven (1939-2015)


Sam Meech thanks ‘older brothers, slack parenting and the video shop’ for introducing him to a master of the horror genre: a director who made cinematic and commercial re-incarnation his stock-in-trade… This morning I awoke from a...

NEW BRITISH CINEMA FROM ‘SUBMARINE’ TO ’12 YEARS A SLAVE’:  The Resurgence of British Film-making, by Jason Wood and Ian Haydn Smith, is published by Faber & Faber in association with Curzon (£17.99)

New British Cinema From Submarine To 12 Years A Slave: The Resurgence of British Filmmaking — Reviewed


A powerful and significant spotlight on today’s young filmmakers: Toby Hood reviews a collaborative book from Curzon and Faber & Faber on the directors and producers who are redefining British cinema… An ambitious title in its broad scope,...

Glasgow Winter Season 2013:

“A welcome retreat for cineastes on both a local and international scale”: Future Shorts Festival 2015


The largest pop-up (and free) short film festival of its kind continues its global tour in Liverpool this weekend, and is full of potential award-winners, finds Heather Garner… The cinema experience can be a trying...

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...