2012 may not have been a landmark year for cinema in the same way 1999 was, but it’s certainly seen its fair share of outstanding releases challenge, captivate and move audiences in remarkable ways. The first half was arguably somewhat of a write-off, with only the left-over Academy Award releases and a sprinkling of surprising successes - 21 Jump Street (arguably the best comedy of the year), The Cabin In The Woods, The Hunger Games and Pirates! In An Adventure With Continue reading
The winners of the Moët British Independent Film Awards were announced last night in the heart of London. Now in its fifteenth year, the awards payed homage to the best of British independent cinema, at a lavish ceremony attended by some of the industries finest and hosted – for the seventh time – by James Nesbitt, who will next be seen in The Hobbit. Continue reading
Actor Adrian Lester announced the nominations for the 15th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards (BIFA’s) at St Martins Lane, London earlier this afternoon. The films that received the highest number of nominations include Broken (9), directed by Rufus Norris and starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy; Berberian Sound Studio (7), directed by Peter Strickland and starring Toby Jones; and Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers (7), starring Alice Lowe and Steve Oram. Continue reading
The Imposter, the documentary that could, has crossed the £1M mark at the UK box office, becoming the eighth highest grossing non-music feature documentary of the last ten years. The film, which has been playing in select cinemas across the UK for four weeks now, marks writer and director Bart Layton’s directorial debut, and has slowly but surely become something of a success, garnering strong word-of-mouth from critics and audiences alike. Continue reading
Nicholas Barclay disappeared from his family home in San Antonio, Texas at the tender age of thirteen. Three years and four months later, an unaccompanied 16-year-old boy is found in France. When circumstances lead French authorities to believe he is Nicholas Barclay, he’s swiftly returned to a concerned family who welcome him all too easily. However, as the FBI and a sole private investigator notice subtle differences that, for some reason, have been overlooked by the Continue reading
At a low-key press conference at the Edinburgh Filmhouse earlier this morning, newly-appointed artistic director Chris Fujiwara took to the podium to announce the official programme for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012, due to take place at venues across Edinburgh including Cineworld, Filmhouse and the Cameo from June 20 – 1 July. The festival, now in its 66th year, will include 121 new features and documentaries from over fifty countries around the world. Continue reading
In light of my recent post where I strategically picked out ten films that could be included in this year’s 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival, I’ve expanded it to include another forty films I would like to see hit the cinema screens in Edinburgh between June 20 – July 1.
From Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike to Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts and Stephen Elliot’s Cherry, this list is purely a dream of mine and by no means Continue reading
Last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival was, for all intents and purposes, a complete shambles. Festival director James Mullighan was roped in at the last minute when the search to replace Hannah McGill went sour and the festival had a distinct lack of energy compared to previous years. Whether that was down to the poorly run press department, absurd choice of venues or Mullighan himself is anyone’s guess.
This year, however, things seem to be looking up for the world’s oldest continually running film festival. Not to sound too optimistic or anything but, Continue reading
Since it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival late last month, it’s been hard to avoid chatter about Film4′s controversial, perceptive and terrifyingly honest new documentary The Imposter.
Saluted by critics as one of the bravest documentaries in years, The Imposter – from the producers behind The September Issue and Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer – centers on a teenager who convinces a Texas family that he is their son who went missing three years ago.
From here, questions are raised, motives are put under scrutiny and the cracks Continue reading