Berlinale 2020: Mogul Mowgli | Screen Queens

Riz Ahmed’s new film Mogul Mowgli is a vibrant and dynamic look at identity, culture and finding yourself – see my review from Berlin Film Festival on Screen Queens here!

Berlinale 2020: Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue Review | Film Daze

  I’m currently out in Berlin for the 70th International Film Festival, enjoying a week filled with late nights, lots of writing and of course lots of great cinema. My first review is Jia Zhang-ke’s Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue – a documentary about the creative spirit of his home town. You can find the…

Uncut Gems (2019)

The Safdie Brothers’ latest film is like being punched repeatedly in the face while being spun round on a fairground ride at maximum speed – which is to say that from start to finish it is complete adrenaline rush, if not entirely a comfortable experience. A love letter to the Diamond District of New York…

Now on Netflix: Jezebel (2019)

With her intimate and confident debut feature film Jezebel, writer-director and actress Numa Perrier takes the audience into the early days of the internet, and the story of a young woman starting out in the newly burgeoning cam-girl industry. Perrier’s semi-autobiographical coming-of-age film is set in the bare apartments and anonymous office buildings of Las Vegas…

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…