Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth

Ben Wheatley on In The Earth first published (in a slightly different format) by Sight & Sound, Summer Edition 2021 Seeded from small beginnings, the filmmaking career of Ben Wheatley has grown steadily.  He has gone from making viral online comedy clips and animated shorts in the early Noughties to ever larger rôles contributing to…

2020

2020: The year horror came home

2020: The year horror came home first published by VODzilla.co, 27 December, 2020 A website like VODzilla.co would not even exist were it not for the natural drift, in this digital age, of all films onto the internet. Even titles that start with a big traditional theatrical release eventually end up online for downloading or…

Space

Space (Prostir) (2021)

Sometimes a production ident appearing at the start of a film can be a guide to its reading. Space (Prostir) may open with text informing the viewer that it was shot in quarantine during the Covid-19 pandemic by self-isolated participants filming with their own smartphones or cameras and communicating with the director Dmitriy Tomashpolski (Stranger,…

Declaration Of Idiot

Woman of Fire (1971) + Declaration of Idiot (1983)

Woman of Fire (1971) + Declaration of Idiot (1983) first published by the London Korean Film Festival as watch-at-home recommendations for the 2020 Covid lockdown Kim Ki-young’s Woman of Fire (Hwa-nyeo, 1971) The Housemaid (1960), an archly moralising melodrama about a household torn apart by adultery, is Kim Ki-young’s – and arguably Korea’s – most…

Fantasporto 2020

Three lessons from Fantasporto 2020

Three lessons from Fantasporto 2020 first published by Sight & Sound 1) Longevity is its own reward   Dreamt up in 1980 by a trio of film fanatics, two of whom – Beatriz Pereira and Mário Dorminsky – incredibly are still running it 40 years later, Fantasporto was Portugal’s only film festival back then, and…