Wake Up

Wake Up (2023)

Wake Up had its UK première at the Glasgow FrightFest 2024. The closing credits of Wake Up include the disclaimer, “Absolutely no animals were harmed during filming.” For a film in which only one animal – a rat – is actually seen on screen being caught and killed in an improvised hammer trap, that modifier…

Fallen Leaves

Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet lehdet) (2023)

Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet lehdet) at the BFI London Film Festival 2023 Some 35 years ago, Finnish writer/director Aki Kaurismäki made the so-called underdog (or workers’) trilogy. Though otherwise unrelated to each other, his Shadows In Paradise (1986), Ariel (1988) and The Match Factory Girl (1990) all featured downtrodden protagonists struggling to find solidarity, love or revenge…