Yannick

Yannick (2023)

Yannick has its UK première, 2nd March at the Glasgow Film Festival 2024 A cuckold is that foolish figure forced to stand by in humiliation and horror as a third party moves in on his established relationship. It is also the title of the comic play (Le Cocu) which is being performed on stage in…

Murder, Anyone?

Murder, Anyone? (2022)

Murder, Anyone? begins with a shadow – the silhouette of a male figure in a wide-brimmed hat, illuminated by a circle of light. This monochrome image, and the melodramatic orchestral score that accompanies the superimposed opening credits, point to the now rather passé genre of film noir, while that figure – a projected artefact of…

Stagefright

Stagefright (Deliria) (1987)

Stagefright (Deliria) first published by VODzilla.co In the Eighties, Michele Soavi had done some acting in fllms for Lucio Fulci and Joe D’Amato , and quickly forged a working relationship with Dario Argento, serving as assistant director on his Tenebrae (1982), Phenomena (1985) and Opera (1987), and debuting as solo director on the filmographic documentary…

poste

Keep An Eye Out (Au poste!) (2018)

Keep An Eye Out (Au poste!) first published by EyeforFilm In the opening scene of Keep An Eye Out (Au poste!), a moustachioed man conducts an open-air orchestral performance of Mozart while dressed only in a pair of bright red underwear, before fleeing the scene as the police arrive. This scenario comes from a familiar…

Insect

Insect (Hmyz) (2018)

Insect (Hmyz) first published by EyeforFilm Entomology has long played a part in Bohemian allegorical art. In Franz Kafka’s 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa famously wakes up to discover that he had been transformed into a monstrous insect, and then must vainly try to renegotiate his place in a household that now proves less…

Cawdor

A Haunting In Cawdor (2015)

First published by Sight & Sound, November 2015 Synopsis: Cawdor, Michigan, 2014. Abused throughout her childhood, convicted of manslaughter, and in an out of psych wards, 21-year-old Vivian Miller attends the Barn Theatre for a three-month work release programme. Camp coordinator and theatre organiser Lawrence O’Neil proposes staging Macbeth for the first time in 20…

Ghost Theater (2015)

Longer version of piece published by Sight & Sound as part of coverage of the Cult programme at the London Film Festival 2015 Ring (1998) and Dark Water (2002) made Hideo Nakata synonymous with the J-horror movement at its very peak. Both films were remade in American versions that undid much of the originals’ uncanniness by…