Archive

Archive (2020)

Archive first published by Sight & Sound, March 2021 Review: In Archive, the feature debut of writer/director Gavin Rothery, two very different types of futurist technology converge: the emergence of ‘deep-tiered machine learning artificial intelligence’ that can convincingly match a human mind; and the ‘Archive’ of the title, a commercially available device that preserves the…

Fantasporto 2020

Three lessons from Fantasporto 2020

Three lessons from Fantasporto 2020 first published by Sight & Sound 1) Longevity is its own reward   Dreamt up in 1980 by a trio of film fanatics, two of whom – Beatriz Pereira and Mário Dorminsky – incredibly are still running it 40 years later, Fantasporto was Portugal’s only film festival back then, and…

Bly Manor

The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020)

The Haunting of Bly Manor first published by Sight & Sound, November 2020 In Australia and New Zealand, there is a non-alcoholic beverage named Claytons, bottled and coloured to resemble a spirit, so that abstainers can have it without standing out from fellow drinkers. A popular advertising campaign for Claytons that ran in the Seventies…

Relic

Relic (2020)

Relic first published by Sight & Sound, November 2020 Review: Edna (Robyn Nevin) is missing. A concerned policeman has summoned her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and Kay’s own young adult daughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) from Melbourne to the family property in Creswick, but they cannot find any trace of Edna there, besides some strange noises…

Tomorrow

She Dies Tomorrow (2020)

She Dies Tomorrow first published by Sight & Sound, October 2020 Review: Amy has a death fixation. Not just the character Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) who has suddenly been filled with the absolute, unwavering certainty that she is going to meet her end the following day, and who is as close to a heroine as…

Candy

Candy, corny, culty: FrightFest Halloween All-Dayer 2019

Candy, corny, culty: FrightFest Halloween All-Dayer 2019 first published by Sight & Sound Capsules of: Candy Corn; Trick; Uncanny Annie; We Summon The Darkness; Scare Package; Swallow Dedicating a day to the rarefied joys of genre, this annual FrightFest event was unified to a degree by twinned preoccupations with nostalgia and Halloween itself. Though contemporary,…