January

January (2021)

January first published by Little White Lies, 25 Jan 2023 At the beginning of January, a Porter (Samuel Finzi) and an Old Man (Iossif Surchadziev) while away their time eating walnuts and doing a crossword as they await the return of their boss Petar Motorov. The clues of the crossword concern world literature, global geography…

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky (2023)

Hanky Panky has its world première at the LA Comedy Film Festival, 2023 The first words heard in Hanky Panky set the tone. “Aw fuck!” says the man racing in panic across a field of snow, as he struggles both to escape and to get a phone signal. Finally connecting with emergency services, he manages…

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep (2023) at Fantasia

Lovely, Dark, and Deep had its world première at Fantasia 2023 “Into the forest I go, to lose my mind, and find my soul” goes the text quote from John Muir with which Lovely, Dark, and Deep opens. Sure enough, this feature debut from writer/director Teresa Sutherland, who previously scripted Emma Tammi’s The Wind (2018),…

Red Snow

Red Snow (2021)

Red Snow first published by VODzilla.co “I write about vampires, and I read about them, a lot, and I’ve seen a lot of vampire movies,” declares Olivia Romo (Dennice Cisneros), some way into writer/director Sean Nichols Lynch’s Red Snow. “But I never actually met one in the flesh, I didn’t even know they were real…

Rose

Rose (aka Rose: A Love Story) (2020)

“Falling in love with somebody is like, um – it’s like being pinned down by some great big animal before you even realise that it’s been following you.” So, some way into Jennifer Sheridan’s feature debut Rose, says Sam, played by the film’s writer Matt Stokoe. Rose is certainly a love story – indeed A…

Lake of Death

Lake of Death (De dødes tjern) (2019)

“Do you think there’s an alternate person in people’s reflections?” In Lake of Death (De dødes tjern), written and directed by Nini Bull Robsahm (Amnesia, 2014), this is the opening line, delivered by Bjørn (Patrick Walshe McBride) to his twin sister Lillian (Iben Akerlie), as the camera tilts up from their inverted images reflected in…

Resolution

Resolution (2012)

Resolution first published by Little White Lies, as the 60th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Resolution comes with the strong sense of an ending. In fact, this is true right from its title, which points towards the notion of narrative complications resolved with a satisfactory dénouement – even as it simultaneously alludes, through a play on words, to the relative clarity of mediated images. In fact the film opens…