Reviews (17)

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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Luz: The Flower of Evil

By Anton Bitel

A backwater preacher pushes his small congregation to its limits in this quasi-mystical Colombian parable.

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I Blame Society

By Josh Slater-Williams

A filmmaker turns serial killer in this lively meta mockumentary from writer/director Gillian Wallace Horvat.

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Slalom

By David Jenkins

This troubling and effective study of workplace abuse focuses on a disoriented slalom champ.

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County Lines

By Millicent Thomas

Henry Blake’s assured debut sees a young boy forced into trafficking drugs across the UK’s internal borders.

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The Forty-Year-Old Version

By Cheyenne Bunsie

A spiky, lovable tale about a confused playwright who finds a second creative wind in hip hop.

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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 Strong

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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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.

A new film season explores the relationship between autism and cinema

By Matthew Mulcahy

The Barbican’s programme includes a diverse selection of work that puts neurodiverse voices front and centre.

Why shouldn’t Black British actors play Americans?

By Silva Chege

Criticism of Daniel Kaluuya’s role in Judas and the Black Messiah only serves to divide the diaspora.

LWLies 88: The Minari issue – On sale now!

By Hannah Strong

Brighten up your year with our illustrated celebration of Lee Isaac Chung’s charming immigrant fable.

A new short doc paints an unforgiving portrait of human stupidity

By Rebecca Speare-Cole

Otto Bell’s The Toxic Pigs of Fukushima shows the devastating aftermath of a nuclear disaster.

Discover a new streaming service with unseen films by women directors

By Elena Lazic

Klassiki is launching on the back of a popular lockdown movie club.

Christmas gift guide 2020 – 10 ideas for film lovers

By Little White Lies

From apparel to book and Blu-rays, here are some of our favourite movie-themed items for this festive season.

Peter Serafinowicz and the South Park team are deepfaking an entire film

By Charles Bramesco

Their Donald Trump doppelgänger Fred Sassy may get a silver screen vehicle sometime soon.

William Greaves’ Nationtime and the Black National Convention of 2020

By Aaron Hunt

With the restoration of this long-lost documentary, a vital record of Black resilience has been preserved.

How Eternal Beauty challenges mental health representation

By Matthew Mulcahy

Craig Roberts’ second feature, about a woman copying with schizophrenia, allows us to share its protagonist’s experience.

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 Strong

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.


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.

Discover the London East Asia Film Festival 2021

By Little White Lies

Immerse yourself in the cinematic delights of East Asia as this annual celebration goes from strength to strength.

Memoria – first-look review

By Mark Asch

Tilda Swinton is extraordinary in a film by Apichatpong Weerasethakul which comprises of “pure vibes”.

Flag Day – first-look review

By Mark Asch

Sean Penn returns to Cannes five years after the fiasco of The Last Face with a somehow even more calamitous family drama.

Cow – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Andrea Arnold successfully adapts her social realist mode to minutely chronicle the life of an average dairy cow.

After Yang – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Kogonada’s sci-fi-tinged family drama confirms its writer/director as one of cinema’s most vital new voices.

Ballad of a White Cow – first-look review

By Patrick Gamble

Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moghaddam’s drama takes a dim view of Iran’s discriminatory justice system.

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 Strong

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.


Interviews (13)

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.

Sam Spruell: ‘We had to leave set when the polar bears arrived’

By Adam Woodward

The British character actor talks toxic masculinity and filming in sub-zero temperatures for Andrew Haigh’s The North Water.

Carey Mulligan: ‘Women have been having these conversations for millennia’

By Hannah Strong

Carey Mulligan is into taking risks, and her role as Cassie Thomas might just be her biggest one yet.

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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