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...

F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) - new restoration

Nosferatu and the Early Achievements of Horror Cinema


Adam Scovell salutes a classic of the horror genre and the films that laid the groundwork for its success… In his excellent 2010 series, A History of Horror, Mark Gatiss stated that the...

Woody Allen

There’s Something about Woody


Woody Allen fan waiting with trepidation for the release of Blue Jasmine? You’re not alone… “New York was his town, and it always would be…” Whenever I think, read or hear about Woody...


Elysium and the story of Cinematic Dystopia


Thought sci-fi cinema was all about the CGI? Andrew Kirkland explores silver-screen dystopia and finds it’s the perfect way to package political and social issues… “Everybody wants to ask me lately about my predictions...