Top of the Docs #19 – ‘Tickled’ (2016)

The slightly homoerotic pastime of ‘competitive endurance tickling’ heralds a dark secret, one that suggests that sometimes, laughter isn’t always the best medicine.

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REVIEW: ‘TWICE: Seize the Light’ (2020) is a Celebration of Nine

TWICE: Seize the Light is a YouTube Originals Documentary series that follows K-Pop girl group TWICE during their first world tour.

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IWD 2020: 100 Female Directors You Should Be Watching

Diverse in nationality, sexuality, speciality and more, we feel that this list represents the past, present and future of female filmmaking, and will hopefully inspire you to further engage with the works of female directors.

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REVIEW: ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ Teaches us Patience is a Virtue

French director, Céline Sciamma, delves away from the younger protagonists centres from her previous works to bring us Portrait of a Lady of Fire, an intimate look at a whirlwind lesbian romance in 18th Century France.

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Hitting Zero: How ‘Cheer’ Uses Its Cheerleaders to Re-Invent Its Narrative

Cheer allows Daytona to be more than just the observation it had been up until this point, turning it into a participation between subject and crew that makes this docu-series much more personal.

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LFF REVIEW: “A Jigsaw That Was Always Meant to be Together” – ‘The House of Us’ (2019)

“A testament to young talent which is only bound to grow with time.” From South Korean writer/director Gaeun Yoon comes House of Us, a story of three young girls finding solace from the disparities of their home lives. Together they create a bond that cannot be broken, delving into mischief and laughter to hide the…

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LFF REVIEW: “Visceral artwork in all aspects” – ‘System Crasher’ (2019)

“Guaranteed to capture your heart and rip it to shreds.” This review contains mild spoilers for System Crasher. Somewhere in the depths of Germany, nine-year-old Benni has been expelled from another group home. A small child with an explosive temper, she is bounced around the foster care system with little luck; no one wants her.…

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No More Mister Nice Guy: Why We Should Stop Rooting For Sitcom’s ‘Nice Guys’

We all know the guy. Kind of shy and unlucky in love, conventionally attractive but not the one everyone goes for. A stable career and a clear future ahead of him: filled with marriage, kids and a comfortable lifestyle. He’s completely average in every way, and honestly, he’s nice. He’s the one we’re meant to…

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REVIEW: “Sixties Power That Holds Itself Back” – ‘Woodstock or Bust’ (2019)

★ ★ ★ “Rooted in sixties power but doesn’t quite fill its potential” It’s 1969. Flower power is all the rage and ideas of changing the world are all anyone can think about. That, and getting high. It’s here we meet Lorian (Willow Shields) and Meryl (Meg DeLacy), an ambitious duo who crave more than…

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REVIEW: “Pihu Will Steal Your Heart” – ‘Pihu’ (2018)

Crafting a film from scratch takes courage, timing and a hell of a lot of planning. So, to suggest centring a feature-length film around a two-year-old girl, who is not only the leading character but the only character featured in the entire film, seems like absolute insanity. Yet for writer/director Vihod Kapri, the insanity works…

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