BFI London Film Festival, Here I Come… Probably

After what felt like an eternity of impatiently awaiting an email marked LFF, or something similar, to land in my increasingly dull Mail inbox, I finally received my BFI London Film Festival press accreditation approval the other day, and it was met with both joyous relief (it’s perhaps my biggest opportunity yet) and sudden anxiety (the logistics are proving to be an absolute nightmare in the short amount of time I have left to prepare). Continue reading “BFI London Film Festival, Here I Come… Probably”

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The Renaissance Of Queer Cinema

For decades now, “new queer cinema” (a term first coined in a Sight & Sound article written by B. Ruby Rich, but one with roots that can be traced back even further) has been in existence – a movement whereby the focus of a film, and subsequently the themes in which it explores, challenged both the status quo of heterosexual dominance and shifted focus onto LGBT characters, their relationships and their struggles not only to conform to society, but also to Continue reading “The Renaissance Of Queer Cinema”

In Defence Of… Jennifer Aniston

When Friends, formerly titled Insomnia Café, first hit TV screens way back in October 1994, no one imagined the worldwide success it would achieve, let alone that the six actors who played the lead roles would become such international stars. It has not been so rosy since the series ended in 2004, however, as neither David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Matt Le Blanc, Lisa Kudrow, nor Jennifer Aniston have made noticeable and befitting transitions to the Continue reading “In Defence Of… Jennifer Aniston”

How The Edinburgh International Film Festival Got Its Groove Back

With the Edinburgh International Film Festival over for another year, it’s time to look back over the twelve day event through rose coloured spectacles and assess whether or not the world’s longest continuously running film festival has managed to, under the leadership of a new Artistic Director and a brand new roster of some 121 feature films, make a decent stab at reclaiming its noble place, laying solid foundations for a bright future. Continue reading “How The Edinburgh International Film Festival Got Its Groove Back”

An Untitled Article Praising Lena Dunham’s HBO Series Girls

It can be tricky to predict how well a new TV series will do before it airs and audiences are allowed an opportunity to voice their opinions. Sure, it can be hyped well in advance and boast two of the indie and comedy world’s current “to watch” names, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee its success.

Bearing that in mind, you’ll understand my initial trepidation regarding Girls, a new HBO series created and written by Lena Dunham, responsible for last year’s Continue reading “An Untitled Article Praising Lena Dunham’s HBO Series Girls”

2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival Programme Announced

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 “2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival Programme Announced”

EIFF 2012: My Fifty Film Wish List

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 “EIFF 2012: My Fifty Film Wish List”

EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks

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 “EIFF 2012: My Ten Picks”

Dundead Returns To DCA: Bigger, Better And Bloodier Than Ever

Last year, DCA Dundee launched Dundead. Showcasing the best in horror, the four-day film festival promised frights, chills and plenty of spills, and delivered in droves. Almost every screening sold out as Dundonians lapped up the chance to indulge in the very best new and old horror films.

Now, returning for its second outing after a host of double-bill instalments throughout the year, with ten films spread over four nights, Dundead is back, and Continue reading “Dundead Returns To DCA: Bigger, Better And Bloodier Than Ever”

8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up

Fast becoming one of the UK’s leading film festivals, Glasgow Film Festival’s eighth year has proven to be one of its best yet.

Selling over 30,000 tickets and attracting some top name guests, there was no better place to be this February than flitting between the marvellous Glasgow Film Theatre and the tallest cinema in Europe, Cineworld Renfrew Street.

Small on scale, yet big on ideas, co-directors Allan Hunter and Allison Gardner Continue reading “8th Annual Glasgow Film Festival Round-Up”