Vulcanizadora

Vulcanizadora (2024)

Vulcanizadora had its world première at Tribeca 2024, 8 Jun 2024 “When I was a kid, I was digging in my backyard, and He was like way down there,” Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge) tells his friend Derek Skiba (Joel Potrykus), of a youthful encounter with God, or perhaps with the Devil, down in the hole….

Hunting Daze

Hunting Daze (Jour de Chasse) (2024)

Hunting Daze (Jour de Chasse) had its World Première at the SXSW 2024 Nina (Nahéma Ricci) stands against a rockface, her eyes closed as though asleep, until she opens them to watch two noisy birds circling overhead. This imagery in the opening sequence of Hunting Daze (Jour de Chasse) will recur, with significant variations, at…

In A Violent Nature

In A Violent Nature (2024)

In A Violent Nature had its world première at the Sundance Film Festival 2024 “Hey check this out.” “What is that?” “A necklace or something.” “Looks like gold.” “Hey, maybe it’s here for a reason.” “Yeah, what reason, Colt?” “I dunno.” “This whole place freaks me out.” “Well we are in the middle of a…

January

January (2021)

January first published by Little White Lies, 25 Jan 2023 At the beginning of January, a Porter (Samuel Finzi) and an Old Man (Iossif Surchadziev) while away their time eating walnuts and doing a crossword as they await the return of their boss Petar Motorov. The clues of the crossword concern world literature, global geography…

Lovely, Dark, and Deep

Lovely, Dark, and Deep (2023) at Fantasia

Lovely, Dark, and Deep had its world première at Fantasia 2023 “Into the forest I go, to lose my mind, and find my soul” goes the text quote from John Muir with which Lovely, Dark, and Deep opens. Sure enough, this feature debut from writer/director Teresa Sutherland, who previously scripted Emma Tammi’s The Wind (2018),…

Inland

Inland (2022)

Freshly released from a mental institution, a young, taciturn ‘Man’ (Rory Alexander) with a history of violence and a head full of elusive childhood memories heads back to the only people he knows – the fatherly Dunleavy (Mark Rylance), plus old playmates Daisy (Nell Williams) and Toby (Sebastian Orozco). Yet in writer/director Fridtjof Ryder’s first…

The Petting Zoo

The Petting Zoo (2023)

As a church bell tolls in the night at the beginning of The Petting Zoo, a figure dressed in creepy wicker mask strides past a graveyard in an otherwise empty village lane – and then enters the Cornewall Arms Free House in Clodock, Herefordshire. There the figure reveals herself to be not some ghostly creature…

Nightsiren

Nightsiren (Svetlonoc) (2022)

Nightsiren (Svetlonoc) has its UK première at Glasgow Film Festival 2023 “Even in modern Europe, in certain lonely villages, folklore and medieval superstitions are still considered a way of life,” reads text at the beginning of Nightsiren (Svetlonoc).  The film opens with a primal scene: faced with the hair-pulling wrath of her abusive mother Alžbeta (Petra Vajdová), little Šarlota (Sára…

The Last Broadcast

The Last Broadcast (1998)

Broadcast first published by Little White Lies, as entry 143 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column We know from the beginning how a filmed expedition into New Jersey’s remote Pine Barrens in search of the legendary Jersey Devil will end, because it has already ended. On the night of 15th December, 1995, cable TV host Stefan Avkast…

Dark Nature

Dark Nature (2022) at Fantasia 2022

Dark Nature has its world première at Fantasia 2022 “There’s no coming to consciousness without pain and discomfort,” Dr Carol Dunnley (Kyra Harper) tells Joy (Hannah Anderson) some way into Dark Nature, as she leads Joy and three other damaged women on a therapeutic weekend trek through Little Deer Lake in the Canadian Rockies. “People…

Bring Out The Fear

Bring Out The Fear (2021)

Bring Out the Fear first published by VODzilla.co There is a careful ring-compositional rhyme between the first and last times we see recovering alcoholic Rosie (Ciara Bailey) in writer/director Richard Waters’ Bring Out The Fear. For in scenes that bookend the film, she is shown lying in a cosy-looking white-sheeted bed – and several scenes…