The Draughtsman's Contract

The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982)

The Draughtsman’s Contract first published by Movie Gazette, 12 February 2004 After many years working as a documentary editor at the Central Office of Information, and over a decade making experimental mockumentaries (collected in The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 and The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2), Peter Greenaway decided to turn his hand to a…

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2 (2003)

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 2 first published by Movie Gazette, 28 Oct, 2002 Includes Vertical Features Remake (1978) and The Falls (1980) This, the second of two DVDs bringing together all of Peter Greenaway‘s earliest experimental work, features the two projects which immediately preceded Greenaway’s first feature film, The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982). Both…

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 (2003)

The Early Films of Peter Greenaway 1 first published by Movie Gazette, 13 October 2003 Includes: Intervals, Windows, H is For House, Dear Phone, Water Wrackets, A Walk Through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist Peter Greenaway is responsible for some of the most artfully idiosyncratic British feature films of the last quarter of a…

Stellar A Magical Ride

Stellar: A Magical Ride (2022)

Stellar: A Magical Ride, first presented as an on-stage introduction to its screening at the London Korean Film Festival 2022 You wait for one Korean film where various parties go in chaotic pursuit of a car and its contents, and two come along. Lee Jae-won’s capitalist parable Thunderbird is a tense, shabby, Safdie-esque tale of…

FrightFest Halloween 2022

FrightFest Halloween 2022

FrightFest Halloween 2022 is a post-mortem round-up of the films featured at this all-day event. 29 October, 2022 Includes: Tripping The Dark Fantastic, Freeze, Gnomes, Mad Heidi, Outpost, On The Edge, The Offering Tripping The Dark Fantastic (2022) World première While films are there, front and centre, to be seen, composers tend to exist in…

Ashkal

Ashkal (2022)

Ashkal screened at the Imagine Film Festival 2022 “The Gardens of Carthage”, as text reveals at the beginning of Youssef Chebbi’s Ashkal, “is a neighbourhood in the North of Tunis. First built for dignitaries of the old regime, it was meant to become a modern, enterprising and rich city. In December 2010, an immolation set…

Polaris

Polaris (2022)

Polaris screened at the Imagine Film Festival 2022 “Frozen world, year 2144,” reads text that opens Kirsten Carthew’s Polaris. “Few survived the freezing. A child raised by a bear brings hope from the stars.” Apart from another brief caption (“10 years earlier”) that appears shortly afterwards leading into a flashback told, storybook-style, in hand-drawn pictures,…

Brightwood

Brightwood (2022)

Brightwood has its world première at Cine-Excess 2022 “Welcome to Divorce Survival Guide Podcast,” says the distorted voice that opens writer/director/cinematographer/editor Dane Elcar’s feature debut Brightwood, “where we have open and honest conversations about co-parenting, separation, divorce, and the hardest question of all: should you stay or should you go?”  Jen (Dana Berger) is jogging…

Old Man

Old Man (2022)

Old Man opens with a large painted image, as if from an illustrated children’s book. After showing a shadowy figure walking a forest path, the camera slowly tilts to take in, further up the mountain, a cottage with a smoking chimney. That cottage will turn out to be the film’s key location, its lived-in interior…

Summoners

Summoners (2022)

Summoners had its world première at Brooklyn Horror Film Festival   “Just feeling nostalgic,” Jess Whitman (Christine Nyland) tells a librarian (Margaret Reed), explaining why she is sat on the library floor rereading an old book. Nostalgia is key to Terence Krey’s Summoners, co-written and co-produced with Nyland, in which Jess returns for the first…

Repulse

Repulse (Hrana Zlomu) (2022)

Repulse had its North American première at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022 Writer/director Emil Krizka’s feature debut Repulse (Hrana Zlomu) opens with DP Ryszard Perzynski’s handheld camera moving over the ground at dawn, passing first a discarded, dirty cloth sheep’s mask, then many sherds of broken glass and an axe – and ending on…