My Mother's Eyes

My Mother’s Eyes (2023)

My Mother’s Eyes had its international première on Mon 28th Aug at FrightFest My Mother’s Eyes opens with a close-up of a woman’s eyes, tearing, anguished, and then – after the sound of a newborn’s cry – flushed with relief and anxiety and a complicated kind of happiness, as the music of a cello fills…

Dark Glasses

Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) (2022) 

Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) first published by SciFiNow Giallo king Dario Argento‘s Dark Glasses (Occhiali neri) opens with a wide establishing shot of residential buildings in Rome’s leafy suburbs, and then various mobile shots looking upwards at roadside trees and apartment blocks. As it is revealed that the perspective belongs to Diana (Ilenia Pastorelli) at…

Unseeing

Unseeing Evil (2020)

“I’d be invisible,” whispers Jacob (Chanel Williams), when asked by young Tommy (Kal-el Tuck) what superpowers he would like to have. In a sense Jacob is the classic invisible friend – a confidante and playmate to a lonely boy in an otherwise empty bedroom. Yet Tommy is blind, so that only we can see what…

Unseen

The Unseen (aka Amaurosis) (2017)

The Unseen (aka Amaurosis) first published by Little White Lies Writer/director Gary Sinyor is best known for making comedy features (Leon the Pig Farmer; United We Fall), occasionally with a bit of high-concept fantasy thrown in (Solitaire for 2; In Your Dreams) – but The Unseen (aka Amaurosis) is his first foray into gothic, as its story veers…

Tramontane

Tramontane (2016)

Tramontane first published by Sight & Sound, October 2017 Review: “Send me an answer… and relieve me. Even if you wish to accuse me, don’t spare me. Send me an answer.” In the opening scene of Tramontane, a 24-year-old musician (Barakat Jabbar) sings this traditional song – whose lyrics are a plea for truth, however painful –…

Dearest

Dearest Sister (2016)

First published by VODzilla.co Always a cottage industry, Lao film production is, like the nation itself, currently undergoing a rapid transformation. In the past, it produced only state propaganda – but in 2008, Thai director Sakchai Deenan made the country’s first independent film Good Morning Luang Prabang, and 2009 saw the launch of the Luang…