Lauren Bacall

Film Noir: Meet the Cast


Inspired by Cornerhouse’s latest exhibition, Toby Hood investigates the greatest collection of talent from Hollywood’s golden age… Crooked cops, twisted fates, a plethora of timely one-liners and clouds of mystifying cigarette smoke: these are the...

ASFF, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York. 09/11/13, jim poyner photography,

Aesthetica Short Film Festival – Reviewed


Film Festival first-timer, Toby Hood reports backs from York and ASFF… York was bright and clear, the slight autumnal chill allowing for the addition of people’s best winter woollies, saw treasured knitwear bobbing around...

Junger (L) and Hetherington (R)

News: Sebastian Junger Wins Career Prize


American author, filmmaker, and journalist Sebastian Junger has been awarded The Student Veteran Torchlight Award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking by the Florida State University, as part of the institute’s annual Student Veteran...

ASFF 2013

Turning a City Into a Cinema: Aesthetica Short Film Festival


On the eve of ASFF, we find 300 reasons to descend upon York this week… Aesthetica Short Film Festival (now entering its third year, and from the art magazine of the same name)...

John Waters

Scandalous: John Waters


John Waters is a director synonymous with controversy. Mike Pinnington examines a career in scandal… He’s been called many things: the King of Bad Taste, the Sultan of Sleaze, Prince of Puke; perhaps...

Benedict Cumberbatch (Assange) and Daniel Brühl (Berg) in The Fifth Estate

WikiLeaks: The Fifth Estate
Vs We Steal Secrets


Two films about the whistleblowing website Wikileaks were released this year – a documentary and a thriller. But which comes out on top? We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (July 2013), director Alex...


Subversive: George A. Romero


It is a pleasing truth that there is more at play in the films of George A. Romero than mere blood and guts…  Though hardly the first director to tackle Zombies (it is...

On the set of Shame: Michael Fassbender (l) and Steve Mcqueen (r)

In Profile: Steve McQueen


How many Turner Prize-winning artists does it take to make a Hollywood feature? By our count, just the one… When Steve McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999, the jury noted the “poetry...

Mark Kermode

The Big Interview: Mark Kermode


Ahead of the release of his forthcoming book, we caught up with the Observer’s new film critic, Mark Kermode… Kermode on: his new book, Hatchet Jobs: Love Movies, Hate Critics When I started...