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Censored Voices

By David Jenkins

Interviews with soldiers involved in 1967’s “Six Day War” reveal the damaging effects of armed conflict.

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The Voices

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Talking household pets are the source of a murderous rampage in Marjane Satrapi’s wicked, comic-tinged slasher movie.

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Papicha

By Lillian Crawford

A group of young women come of age against the backdrop of civil war in Mounia Meddour’s vibrant, nuanced debut.

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The Booksellers

By Anna Bogutskaya

The curious world of rare book sellers is the subject of this documentary from director DW Young.

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Crip Camp

By Roxanne Sancto

A summer camp for disabled teens becomes a movement for equality in this soul-nourishing Netflix documentary.

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Talking About Trees

By Maria Nae

Four local filmmakers attempt to revive cinema-going in Sudan in this playful, inspiring documentary.

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Dolittle

By Charles Bramesco

Robert Downey Jr takes on the famous literary physician with predictably disastrous results.

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Jojo Rabbit

By Jake Cole

Taika Waititi takes aim at the Third Reich (and contemporary fascism) in this paper-thin satire.

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Here for Life

By Glenn Heath Jr

Adrian Jackson and Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s experimental documentary gives a voice to East London’s artists.

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Mystify: Michael Hutchence

By Trevor Johnston

This tender portrait of the exuberant INXS frontman avoids tabloid hysteria in its search for a fragile soul.

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Seahorse

By Hannah Woodhead

A transgender man’s pregnancy is the subject of Jeanie Finlay’s tender, essential documentary.

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Leto

By Iana Murray

A Leningrad rock star takes centre stage in Kirill Serebrennikov’s Soviet-era tale of youth in revolt.

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Good Boys

By Ella Kemp

The pains of prepubescence is the butt of this warm-hearted, foul-mouthed comedy from the makers of Superbad.

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Too Late to Die Young

By David Jenkins

Kids hang loose as their parents attempt to build them a new civilisation in this easygoing political fable.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu

By Hannah Woodhead

Ryan Reynolds voices everyone’s favourite electric yellow rodent in this fun, fast-paced murder mystery.

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Avengers: Endgame

By Hannah Woodhead

The stars align one final time in this emotional and fitting finale to the Avengers saga.

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Us

By Kambole Campbell

Jordan Peele’s second feature disturbs, provokes and tickles in its arch dismantling of the modern American family.

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Articles (17)

South Korea’s female filmmakers are finally making their voices heard

By Darren Carver-Balsiger

At the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, five films directed by women signalled a new chapter for Korean cinema.

Adding the voices of rebellious women back into the British film archives

By Hannah Clugston

The producer of Born a Rebel speaks about the challenge of documenting more than a century of female protest.

How famous voices became a staple of Disney animation

By Jesc Bunyard

Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker reflect on how Robin Williams broke the mould in Aladdin.

The 100 Best Films of the 2000s: 75-51

By Little White Lies

Our countdown of the finest cinematic offerings from 2000 to 2009 continues. How many have you seen?

The Academy Awards have set new diversity standards, but to what end?

By Charles Bramesco

It’s difficult to think of a film that wouldn’t clear this low bar.

A new documentary shows a journalist risking it all for a greater truth

By Alex Westfall

A Thousand Cuts deftly chronicles Maria Ressa’s ongoing struggle for a free press in her native Philippines.

Watch an eerie new short film made entirely in lockdown

By Hannah Woodhead

Filmmaker Sam O’Mahony explains how he utilised the resources at hand to make I Don’t Find Any of This Very Peaceful.

Know The Score: Max Richter on 2001: A Space Odyssey

By Thomas Hobbs

The British composer discusses how Stanley Kubrick’s use of classical music enhances his 1968 sci-fi epic.

Netflix’s Disclosure is just the start for trans*-positive representation

By Lillian Crawford

Sam Feder’s latest documentary, on Hollywood’s harmful transgender stereotypes, is a great conversation starter – but we need to go further.

The Case for Art

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

As lockdown in the UK eases, Sophie Monks Kaufman reflects on the value of cultural exchange on a personal and societal level.

Let The Sunshine In: The queer legacy of Miloš Forman’s Hair

By Brian Quinn

Beyond its anti-war rhetoric, the Czech director’s version of the Broadway musical is a story of same-sex love.

The Lost Careers of Difficult Women

By Emma Fraser

When women have their movie careers ruined by vindictive, controlling men, what happens next?

My Picture Palace – Can you build your own cinema?

By Little White Lies

Presenting a LWLies x Modern Films creative brief for those stuck indoors during the lockdown.

Discover this bizarre B-movie riff on The Exorcist

By Anton Bitel

Warner Bros took legal action over 1974’s Beyond the Door, but its differences from Friedkin’s film are more striking than its similarities.

How the queering of Georgian folk dance sparked a cultural revolution

By Daniel Theophanous

Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced has put LGBT+ rights centre-stage in the conservative, Orthodox country.

How Gillian Armstrong feminised Australian Cinema

By Laura Venning

In 1979, the first Australian film directed by a woman since the silent era signalled a new dawn for female authorship.

Why should we care who writes film history?

By Justine Smith

Reflections on director Mark Cousins’ latest cinematic road trip, Women Make Film.


Festivals (17)

Female voices are at the centre of the 2020 Glasgow Film Festival

By Little White Lies

The upcoming edition of GFF features an entire day of features directed by women.

The mobile-first film festival bringing the Chinese box office to US homes

By Weiting Liu

Lou Ye’s The Shadow Play and a Midi Z retrospective are among the highlights of CineCina iFest.

BFI London Film Festival announces virtual 2020 edition

By Charles Bramesco

This year’s LFF will offer online screenings, free screen talks and more, widening access across the UK.

Welcome to Chechnya – first look review

By Jack King

David France’s vital documentary interrogates the ongoing queer genocide in the Russian republic.

What to see at the 2020 International Film Festival Rotterdam

By Max Copeman

The Netherlands’ premier celebration of cinema returns in January with a new-look programme.

Here’s what we’re most excited to watch at Sundance 2020

By Hannah Woodhead

Dee Rees, Josephine Decker, Miranda July, and much, much more...

Can you mourn for a person of whom you have no memory?

By Beth Webb

Korean director Noh Young Sun reflects on her deeply personal debut feature, Yukiko.

Exploring indigenous Canadian films at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

By Justine Smith

This year’s edition of the Montreal-based festival showed the value of giving marginalised native filmmakers a platform.

Elizabeth Sankey on deconstructing the rom-com

By Katie Goh

The musician-turned-filmmaker explores the history of the genre in her insightful debut, Romantic Comedy.

The seven best films from the 51st Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

By Ed Frankl

Melina León’s Song Without a Name and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse were among our highlights of this year’s Quinzaine.

Watergate – first look review

By Ian Mantgani

Charles Ferguson’s mammoth chronicle of President Nixon’s downfall manages to be at once too detailed and too superficial.

The Sundance Film Festival announces its most diverse line-up yet

By Little White Lies

Park City’s prestigious indie extravaganza promises familiar faces and new discoveries aplenty in 2019.

The 10 best films from Tallinn Black Nights 2018

By Patrick Gamble

A Tibetan road movie and Germany’s answer to Kids were among the highlights at this year’s POFF.

A fascinating new documentary explores the phenomenon of fangirldom

By Imogen West-Knights

In I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story, director Jessica Leski meets three generations of women with a common obsession.

20 Under-the-radar treats for the 2018 London Film Festival

By David Jenkins

Stumped on what to book for this year’s festival? LWLies are on hand to help out.

The best new films from New Horizons Film Festival 2018

By Matt Thrift

Some of the strongest emerging voices in world cinema took centre stage at the Polish festival’s 18th edition.

The best films from the Transilvania International Film Festival 2018

By Patrick Gamble

This year’s festival offered liberating explorations of identity in Adina Pintilie’s Touch Me Not and Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience.


Interviews (11)

Mahershala Ali: ‘There’s been a systematic diminishing of voices of colour’

By Rowan Woods

One half of the cross-country buddy comedy Green Book muses on changing political attitudes in Hollywood.

Robert Eggers: ‘The voices of the dead talk a lot louder to my imagination’

By Adam Woodward

The Witch puts in an early bid to be crowned 2016’s scariest film. Meets its director.

Louis Leterrier on realising a lifelong dream with The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

By Adam Woodward

The director of Netflix’s prequel series reveals how Jim Henson inspired him to become a filmmaker.

Bart Layton: ‘By the time I made contact with the real guys, they were in prison’

By Daniel Schindel

The American Animals director discusses his unconventional approach to putting true stories on screen.

Travis Wilkerson: ‘There’s a tremendous opportunity for social change right now’

By Justine Smith

The radical director of Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? talks race and legacy in America.

Dee Rees: ‘This was a chance to tell the story of black soldiers who came back’

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The director of Mudbound on how she grappled with the legacy of slavery in the Deep South.

Steven Soderbergh: ‘There’s no new oxygen in this system’

By Matt Thrift

The American director discusses his long-awaited return to feature filmmaking with Logan Lucky.

Christopher Nolan: ‘I’ve not fought in a war, it’s my worst nightmare to do so’

By David Jenkins

The Dunkirk director reveals the challenges of transforming documented reality into an experience fit for the multiplex.

Barry Jenkins: ‘Where I come from, people just don’t have the means to make a film’

By Adam Woodward

The Moonlight director discusses the value of film school and finding a personal voice.

Guillermo del Toro: ‘I like the Kubrick films that nobody likes’

By David Jenkins

The great Guillermo del Toro talks about his magnificent Gothic ghost story.

Kim Longinotto: ‘I’m bewildered by the way we don’t talk about things’

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The acclaimed British documentarian on Dreamcatcher and why we all need to start standing up to child abuse.


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