Now on Netflix: Support the Girls (2018)

A quietly uplifting film about friendships, found families and the not-entirely-great jobs that many of us put up with in order to get by, Support the Girls is a big-hearted comedy with a understating and loving performance by Regina Hall. General manager of the “breastaurant” Double Whammies Lisa (Regina Hall) has enough to deal with  before…

The Irishman (2019)

Martin Scorsese’s mythical, mournful and powerful depiction of the mafia, America and the mid-twentieth century is culmination of the themes he has dealt with, and helped define, throughout his illustrious career. With complex and layered performances from Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Scorsese uncovers the innate corruption and violence that the US…

Hustlers (2019)

Money, ambition and misguided righteousness collide in Lorene Scafaria’s sizzling Hustlers with incredible performances and a banging soundtrack, based on a New York magazine piece by journalist Jessica Pressler. Dorothy (Constance Wu) is the newest dancer at Scores Strip Club, trying to earn enough money to support her grandmother when she in taken under the…

State of the Industry: Ken Loach in Cannes | The World of Apu

Two new articles about the Cannes Film Festival are up for your viewing pleasure this week. My first article is taken from a Ken Loach Q+A talking about his new film, zero hours contracts and Netflix. As like with every other figure in the film industry he has an opinion on Netflix – read it…

Why John Cassavetes’ Shadows is Still Relevant Today – Article

Today my first ever commissioned article has been published on The World of Apu, a bi-monthly multilingual film magazine which has writing from critics and film commentators from all over the world. My article is about John Cassavetes’ 1958 film Shadows and why is still chimes with audiences today. You can find it here, Please have a…

The Favourite (2018)

  Yorgos Lanthimos’ seventh film, and his third in the English language, is proving to possibly be his most critically successful endeavour yet. Set in the early 18th century and focusing on the reign of Queen Anne, you might be forgiven for assuming that this is just another stuffy period drama that you might end…

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A (2018)

Steve Loveridge’s stunning and evocative documentary of his long time friend Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam (aka rapper M.I.A) begins with a question that he poses to the British-Sri Lankan Tamil star. Why isn’t she like a normal popstar? Why don’t I shut the fuck up you mean, she replies with a cutting smile. M.I.A is not…