Haeems

Self-engineered man: Maurice Haeems on Chimera (2018)

Self-engineered man: Maurice Haeems on Chimera first published in a shorter version by SciFiNow The science fiction Chimera, which dramatises the ethical conundrums raised by advances in stem cell research, regenerative medicine, organ harvesting, gene editing, and genetic engineering, is gathering a slew of awards at festivals (including Best Picture and Best Cinematography at the…

Splice

Splice (2009)

Splice first published by Film4 Synopsis: In this updated riff on Frankenstein, directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher), scientific hubris and tainted love combine to create an unstable and dangerous hybrid. Review: Some couplings just were not meant to be. When Splice begins, young, high-powered biochemists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) have just…

Spring

Spring (2014)

First published by Sight & Sound, June 2015 Review: Writer/director Justin Benson and his co-director Aaron Moorhead have established themselves as specialists in the cross-breeding of genres. Their low-budget debut Resolution (2012) took a familiar cabin-in-the-woods scenario for a Pirandello-esque spin, sending its principal characters on a quest to meet their maker; and ‘Bonestorm’, their…