REVIEW: THE DECENDENTS

Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, The Descendants provides plenty of darkly humourous and humane subject-matter for accomplished film-maker, Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt, Sideways).   Living on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, through a voice-over Matt King (George Clooney) is quick to dispel the myth island life is idyllic: “Paradise can go … Continue reading

REVIEW: THE LORD’S RIDE (BRADFORD FILM FESTIVAL)

A gypsy crime film from first-time French filmmaker, Jean-Charles Hue, The Lord’s Ride is fiction with a documentary feel as actors play different versions of themselves. Bradford film festival showcases Hue’s debut in its UK premiere, accompanied by Abner Pastoll and Jonathan Hall’s imaginative short, Me Or The Dog, featuring Edward Hogg and Martin Clunes’ … Continue reading

REVIEW: BREAD AND CIRCUSES (BRADFORD FILM FESTIVAL)

It is pretty impressive that Bread and Circuses landed four prizes at the Slovenian national film festival when it is only Klemen Dvornik’s second feature and a film scripted by a team of relatively new writers. Accompanied by short, The White Mosquito, Bread and Circuses clearly is of greater appeal for Slovenian audiences. The White … Continue reading

REVIEW – ‘WITHOUT’ (BRADFORD FILM FESTIVAL)

Mark Jackson’s minimalist debut is a brave first feature, forcing us to confront the indignity of old age. Accompanied by the equally thought-provoking short, The World Turns by Nick Ray Rutter, Without makes for powerful viewing, painfully observing the effects of grief and immortality. Nineteen year-old Joslyn takes a summer job staying in a remote … Continue reading

REVIEW: DREAM HOUSE

The Director of Brothers, In America, In The Name of the Father and My Left Foot, tackles unusually light-hearted subject matter in nonsense horror flick, Dream House. Teaming up with sporadic writer, David Loucka (The Dream Team), Sheridan’s take on horror sees a family uncovering the dark secret of their new home. When retired editor, … Continue reading