Breathing Happy

Breathing Happy (2022)

Breathing Happy has its European première at Soho Horror Film Festival 2022 “I’m at one year sober today. I dunno, technically I’m not gonna get it until another hour and 40 minutes, but even I can’t fuck that up, right? I miss you guys. Merry Christmas.” This is the voicemail message that Dylan Bradley leaves…

Masking Threshold

Masking Threshold (2021)

Masking Threshold UK première at Soho Horror Film Festival 2022 Johannes Grenzfurthner’s Masking Threshold, which he co-wrote with Samantha Lienhard, is named for an acoustic phenomenon: if two sounds are played concurrently but one is louder than the other, it can mask the softer sound from the human brain, reducing it to inaudibility. Likewise the…

Kingmaker

Kingmaker (2022)

Kingmaker, transcript of introduction to screening at London Korean Film Festival, 2022 At the beginning of Kingmaker, in a backwater of Gangwon Province in 1961, a smallhold farmer complains to the local pharmacist Seo Chang-dae (Lee Sun-kyun) about a neighbour whom the farmer has himself witnessed stealing his chickens’ eggs at night. The problem is…

Seire

Seire (2021)

Seire screened for the London Korean Film Festival 2021 Seire, also know as samchil-il, is a 21-day ritual period of post-partum confinement for a newborn baby, during which time protective saekki ropes are hung over the threshold, special dietary measures are observed, only immediate family are allowed to visit, and the new parents, if they…

Thoracic

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra (2021) + Cashbag

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra, transcript of introduction to a screening for the London Korean Film Festival 2022 ‘Thoracic’ is one of those highly technical, slightly pedantic words, like ‘synecdoche’ or ‘symbiopsychotoxiplasm’, whose specialised obscurity ensures that its appearance in a title makes an immediate impression of a certain eccentricity. When you settle down to watch…

Contorted

Contorted (2022)

Contorted, transcript of an on-stage introduction given at a screening for the London Korean Film Festival 2022 Contorted is concerned with the ineffable, deeply transgressive taboos of motherly abuse and filicide. As such, it falls into a line that can be traced back at least to the Ancient Greek tragedy (of which this film is…

Hot Blooded

Hot Blooded (Ddeu-geo-un pi) (2022)

Hot Blooded (Ddeu-geo-un pi), script of my on-stage introduction to its screening at the London Korean Film Festival, 2022 Cheon Myeong-kwan is a novelist and screenwriter. In the Nineties, he co-scripted Chang Gil-soo’s I Wish What is Forbidden To Me (1994) and Kim Eui-suk’s Gun and Gun (1995) and A Great Chinese Restaurant (1999). Then…

A Zed & Two Noughts

A Zed & Two Noughts (1985)

A Zed & Two Noughts first published by Movie Gazette, 2 December 2004 One evening, a low-flying swan collides with a car driving along Swan(n)’s Way, killing two female passengers instantly. Their husbands, Oliver and Oswald Deuce (Brian and Eric Deacon), biologists working for the same zoo who also happen to be brothers and, as…

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…