The Greatest Showman by Michael Gracey

  I often read that The Greatest Showman is the film that P.T. Barnum would make which (usually) is not made as a complimentary statement. Many deem the film a celebration of Barnum's life that is far too forgiving of his exploitation of his self-described "oddities". As such, many argue that the film is distasteful... Continue Reading →


Maya Dardel by Magdalena Zyzak & Zachary Cotler

Maya Dardel is the fascinating story of a once-great author who publicly announces that she will commit suicide and wishes to find an heir before she does so. The forthright Maya Dardel explains that she is looking for capable and skilled male writers to apply and “women need not apply, because I don’t like women’s... Continue Reading →

God’s Own Country by Francis Lee

Francis Lee’s debut feature God’s Own Country is a beautifully-crafted film with tough, sensual scenes delivered by the excellent lead actors: Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu. Johnny (O’Connor) works at his family’s farm but battles with dejection and anger with heavy drinking and casual sex; Gheorghe (Secareanu) is a Romanian migrant worker who is hired... Continue Reading →

Tokyo Idols by Kyoko Miyake

Did you know that 10,000 teenaged Japanese girls between identify themselves as “idols”? Or that these idols are a $1 billion a year industry? Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols is a captivating documentary which explores Japan’s fascination with girl groups and the cultural obsession with young female sexuality and the growing disconnect between men and women... Continue Reading →

My Pure Land by Sarmad Masud

Original published on the Edinburgh International Film Festival website “This is my land!” proclaims the young, gun-wielding Nazo (Suhaee Abro) as she protects her land from her uncle and his men in this thrilling and insightful film. Sarmad Masud’s directional debut, My Pure Land, tells the remarkable real-life story of a Pakistani mother and her... Continue Reading →

Joanna by Aneta Kopacz

Originally published on the Edinburgh International Film Festival website In just 40 minutes, Aneta Kopacz Oscar-nominated short documentary Joanna offers its audience an intimate insight into the family life of the terminally-ill Joanna Sałyga with beautiful but overwhelmingly emotional results. Joanna is devastated by her illness but she copes with it by spending as much... Continue Reading →

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