Down Terrace

Down Terrace (2009)

Down Terrace first published by Little White Lies MONDAY. TUESDAY. The events of Down Terrace are regularly punctuated by intertitles stating in bold capitals which day of the week it is. These fit in perfectly with the film’s quotidian concerns, as a family’s kitchen sink dramas are played out in a Brighton terrace house measured…

Evie

Evie (2021)

Evie had its world première at FrightFest 2021 Evie begins and ends at the shoreline – that liminal zone where solid land and fluid sea meet and shape each other in waves and cycles of eternal change. There, under a grey sky, young, pre-pubescent Evie Halloran (the excellent Honey Lundy, in her first rôle) is…

Censor

Censor (2021)

A film examiner with the British Board of Film Classification in the mid-Eighties, Enid Baines (Niamh Algar) embodies the censorious conservatism of her times. Both literally and metaphorically buttoned-up, with her severely tied-back hair and her Mary Whitehouse-style winged spectacles, she is known (behind her back) to colleagues as “Little Miss Perfect” for her painstaking…

Daddy

Come To Daddy (2019)

Come To Daddy first published by VODzilla.co The word ‘UFO’ appears twice in Come To Daddy. When, in response to an unexpected letter, 35-year-old Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood, Maniac, 2012) comes visiting the father who walked out on him when he was five, and claps eyes on the remote cliffside home – all rough timbers…

Free Fire

Free Fire (2016)

Free Fire first published by RealCrime Magazine Like Ben Wheatley’s previous feature, his latest is set in the 1970s, and features an ensemble of players turning on each other inside a building. There, however, all similarities end. For where High-Rise (2015) was a sprawling Ballardian folly that teased out the shifts and tensions in Britain’s socioeconomic…

Orthodox (2015)

First published in Sight & Sound, March 2016 Synopsis: London. Estranged as a boy from his father and the Jewish Orthodox community for his interest in pugilism, Benjamin Levy is now married to Rebecca (a converted gentile) with two young sons, and supplements the meagre earnings from his father’s butchery business with bare knuckle fights…

List

Kill List (2011)

Kill List first appeared in Sight & Sound, September 2011 Review: Kill List opens with married couple Jay (Neil Maskell) and Shel (MyAnna Buring) having a loud argument while their seven-year-old son Sam (Harry Simpson) plays in the living room. Jay, a pill-popping Gulf War veteran, has been unemployed for eight months, complaining of various…