Life Through A Lens

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2006)

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens first published by Film4 Summary: Barbara Leibovitz’s broad-ranging documentary brings the life of her celebrated photographer sister into sharp focus. Review: About half an hour into Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens, we see the celebrated photographer leaning in close to talk with her friend, the ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. “This…

The Midnight Meat Train

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

The Midnight Meat Train first published by EyeforFilm, 24 Oct, 2008 Every night around the witching hour, in the tunnels deep under LA’s streets, the late train takes an unscheduled detour – and anyone unlucky enough to be riding in its carriages is about to meet Mahogany (Vinnie Jones) – a sharply dressed butcher with…

Black Mold

Black Mold (2023)

Black Mold had its international première on Fri 25th Aug at FrightFest Black Mold opens with a long single shot. Cinematographer Robert Patrick Stern’s camera cranes down through a tree’s leaves to three kids cycling in the street, a man mowing his lawn, a woman getting letters from her mailbox, people walking and greeting each…

The Civil Dead

The Civil Dead (2022)

The title of John Hillcoat’s searing feature debut Ghosts… of the Civil Dead (1988) involved a metaphor for the state’s incarcerated population, buried away in a privatised penal system and left to perpetuate decidedly uncivil behaviours. Clay Tatum’s buddy comedy The Civil Dead, which he wrote with co-star Whitmer Thomas, may seem to be far…

Post Mortem

Post Mortem (2020)

Post Mortem has its UK première at FrightFest, and is sold internationally by NFI World Sales Tomás (Viktor Klem) has died. Caught in an explosive blast on a battlefield in the final year of the Great War, he had a vision of a young girl (Fruzsina Hais) leaning over him, calling his name – and…

Daguerrotype

Daguerrotype (La secret de la chambre noire) (2016)

Daguerrotype first published by SciFiNow “He’s confused photography and reality for so long, he can no longer tell the living from the dead.” 22-year-old Marie (Constance Rousseau) is talking about her father Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), whose obsession both with daguerreotypy and with his late wife Denise has made him turn his back on fashion photography, and…

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Strangers on the Tube (2016)

“Now you’re making me self-conscious”, says Spanish photographer Leinad Zeugirdor, confronted by his unseen interviewer on the morality of his underground activities. For the last six years, Zeugirdor has been stealing clandestine shots of his fellow travellers on the London Tube, and in the short documentary Strangers on the Tube, he shares a small selection…

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36 (2012)

Review first published by Sight & Sound, June 2014 Review: As she spends time with art director Oom (Wanlop Rungkamjad) photographing old buildings, Sai (Vajrasthira Koramit) reveals that before she became a location scout she had studied archaeology. The two activities hardly seem unrelated: after all, currently under instructions from her director to find “a…