SUNDANCE REVIEW: “Almost Too Beautiful To Be Real” – ‘Apollo 11’ (2019)

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Perhaps one of the most famous phrases ever said by a human. Apollo 11 puts this iconic moment into context; mapping the journey to the moon using audio and footage that had been stored in the NASA vaults until now.

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CANNES REVIEW: “Viewing World Through A Unique Perspective” – ‘Bull’ (2019)

As Silverstein’s first feature, Bull is an interesting film for its dealings with a young woman in the centre of a adrenaline-filled world she may not have otherwise been associated with.

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REVIEW: “A Reminder That People Need People” – ‘Kingdom of Us’ (2017)

In 2007, Paul Shanks committed suicide leaving behind wife Vikie, six daughters and a son. Kingdom Of Us is an extraordinarily personal insight into the grieving process of this family and a reflection of a mother’s strength in the face of tragedy. Ten years on from Paul Shanks’ death, Lucy Cohen’s 2017 documentary Kingdom Of…

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CANNES REVIEW: “A Charming Display of Female Friendship and Self-Discovery Within Youth” – ‘As Happy As Possible’ (2019)

Lacking a defined sense of its surroundings, As Happy As Possible (Reves de jeunesse) finds direction in its fantastic women actors. The beautiful surroundings of Southern France flash by as Salomé (Salomé Richard) is driven to the site of her summer job: a waste plant. It quickly transpires that she must squat here after her…

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CANNES REVIEW: “Visualised Through A Fluid, Graceful Lens” – ‘And Then We Danced’ (2019)

‘In the traditional world of Georgian dance, a young man is trying to find his footing.’ Writer and director, Levan Akin, provides an immersive romance nestled in the tradition of Georgian dance. Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) is incredibly self-disciplined, rushing between home, dance rehearsals and his restaurant job to make ends meet. Merab’s world changes when…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: “A Reminder That Everyone Needs a Little Bit of Faith” – ‘Tucked’ (2019)

A reminder that “everyone needs a little bit of Faith.” There may not be a more wonderful way to start a film than the iconic first notes of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive.’ Tucked immediately shows Jackie (Derren Nesbitt) commanding the stage in a sky-high wig and stunning frock miming to the song. Jackie is…

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BFI FLARE REVIEW: “Honouring the Fans Who Fight Back” – ‘United We Fan’ (2019)

Honouring the fans who fight back. Documentary United We Fan shines a spotlight on the determined efforts fans have gone to for their favourite shows. The film delves beneath the surface of these communities in order to honour devoted individuals. Putting faces to legacies, United We Fan centrally chronicles the works of three women who…

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REVIEW: “The Portrait of a NY Style Icon” – ‘Iris’ (2014)

Iris Apfel is rarely seen without her signature oversized, round-frame glasses. For decades Apfel has been a flamboyant presence on the New York fashion scene and although her pace may be slow, her wit is consistently quick. Iris (2014) is Albert Maysles’ documentary centred on a character study of the intriguing Iris Apfel. Although the…

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