Primer

Taking Time with Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004)

“No one would say that what they were doing was complicated”: Taking Time with Shane Carruth’s Primer (2004) was originally written as a booklet essay for a home release that never happened. It is intended for readers who have already seen the film, and contains spoilers from the start. Games of Entitlement A ‘primer’ is…

Senese

Billy Senese at The Dead Center of genre cinema

Billy Senese at The Dead Center of genre cinema was first published by SciFiNow, 27/2/2019 After creating plays for radio and also making a series of short films, writer/director Billy Senese helmed his first feature, Closer to God (aka A Frankenstein Story) in 2014, updating the Frankenstein myth to the age of genetic science and…

Center

The Dead Center (2018)

The Dead Center first published by SciFiNow It opens not with sights, but with sounds: a cacophonous legion of voices that whisper and wail and accuse and belittle in crescendo, placing us at the dead centre of a schizophrenic episode – or perhaps of something else. The first image that we see is a god’s…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by Film4. Synopsis: Shane Carruth’s second feature is an artful experiment in audience-addling alienation. Review: “I told you a story, and then you’ve taken it and made it your own – you do this all the time.” Kris (Amy Seimetz) is telling off Jeff (Shane Carruth) for confusing her childhood memory (of…

Upstream Colour (2013)

Review first published by movieScope “I’m not going to need any signage, ok,” says Jeff (Shane Carruth) to Kris (Amy Seimetz), some way into Upstream Colour. Having been fed a mind-altering grub by a Thief (Thiago Martins) and fleeced of her money, credit and identity, Kris now works at a printer’s shop, cast adrift with…