Mami Wata

Mami Wata (2023)

Mami Wata, from Nigerian writer/director C.J. ‘Fiery’ Obasi (Juju Stories, 2021), opens on a beach. Even the brief textual introduction explaining who Mami Wata is – a water goddess worshipped “across West, Central and Southern Africa, and among the Afrikan diasporas of the Americas” – is superimposed over a vista of bubbling, glistening surf at…

Ghosts of the Ozarks

Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021)

Ghosts of the Ozarks has its international première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 In 1866, America was a scarred country which, having just emerged from the violent divisions of Civil War, was in need of healing. As a young physician who had served the Union as a field surgeon, African-American James McCune (Thomas Hobson) might…

The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night (2021)

Naked but for a helmet made of bone and matching bone necklace that houses a glowing blue flower, a woman treks through wind and snow up a mountain, at whose peak, inside the cave-like mouth of a giant skull, she finds a warrior in metal armour guarding a similar, wilting flower growing from the earth….


Gandahar (aka Light Years) (1988)

Gandahar (aka Light Years) first published by Film4 Summary: René Laloux’s third and final feature is a time-travelling science fantasy with a lot of brain to match its bizarreness. Review: If René Laloux will always be best known for his feature debut Fantastic Planet (1973), his final feature Gandahar (1988) – also known as Light Years1Gandahar was…


Externo (2021)

Externo opens with a forward rush (in monochrome) through an animated Eden – and with a long, wheedling disclaimer. Bold red text tells us that the film is “based on a true story and some stories that have been told”, but then insists that its characters and events are fictional, and that “the reality that…


Bacurau (2019)

Bacurau first published by “Bacurau has always been here,” says old Plinio (Wilson Rabelo), puzzled at his town’s sudden disappearance from the satellite map on his smartphone and computer. “It should be right here. Bacurau has always been on the map.” In a sense, Bacurau’s absence is a metaphor. After all it is a…