Now on Netflix: The Body Remembers When The Body Broke Open (2019)

When a chance encounter on the side of a street brings two young Indigenous women together in a moment of violence, they each are confronted with the different realities they exist in, while living in country that is still coming to terms with it’s violent past towards the First Nations people. Based on an experience…

Jojo Rabbit (2019)

Taika Waititi’s latest outing as writer/director, Jojo Rabbit follows a young boy in Nazi Germany, a member of the Hitler Youth with Hitler as an imaginary best friend, whose life turns upside down as the war draws to its conclusion. Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is a devoted member of the Hitler Youth and he joyfully runs round…

A Life in August | Film Inquiry

My latest article for Film Inquiry is now live on their site, and it’s a review of a independent Scottish film called A Life in August, written and directed by Haston McLaren. You can find the review here – and be sure to let me know what you think!

Little Women (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s second film, and the seventh adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic book Little Women, is stunning showcase of Gerwig’s talent as a director, and the incredible careers to come for the young cast. Set during the American Civil War in Massachusetts, the exuberant March daughters are living a somewhat diminished existence since…

Parasite (2019)

  Bong Joon-ho’s latest dark, socio-thriller Parasite combines class rage, deception and a scathing view of contemporary Korean society to create a masterpiece in unnerving storytelling, and a strong contender for one of the best films of the year. The Kim family eek out an existence in a cramped semi-basement flat in a poor neighbourhood, finding menial…

Knives Out (2019)

Rian Johnson’s star-spangled, whodunnit mystery is packed with wit, humour and more twists than you can shake a fist at, in an intriguing homage to the detective novel that deserves to become a genre classic. When the Thrombey family gather to celebrate Harlan’s (Christopher Plummer) 85th birthday, little do any of them know that their…

Maserati: A Hundred Years Against All Odds (2019)

Philip Selkirk’s documentary on the history of legendary Italian car company Maserati opens with the words of Winston Churchill from a speech delivered in Harrow School in the early 1940s. “Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small.” So begins a comprehensive re-telling of the company’s past – from close-knit…

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…

Bait (2019)

  Mark Jenkin’s innovative and haunting tale of gentrification in a small Cornish fishing village signals a new and vital voice in British cinema. Martin (Edward Rowe) is a fisherman who has lost his boat – his brother Steven (Giles King) has transformed the working ship into a tourist attraction, taking groups of unbearable stag…