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Haunted by unspoken grievances and abuse - The Shining in context
23 January, by Robin W. Mac
The Shining was shown at The Garden Cinema as part of their Jack Nicholson season. The film was followed by an in-depth discussion with Professor Roger Luckhurst, writer of The Shining: BFI Film Classics and hosted by Mydy’s Abla Kandalaft. The discussion was recorded as part of the Garden Cinema Film Talk podcast and can be found [HERE->https://thegardencinemafilmtalk.podbean.com/e/the-shining-inventing-new-horror-tropes-a-discussion-with-bfi-classics-writer-prof-roger-luckhurst.
Storytelling at its finest: Fadia’s Tree directed by Sarah Beddington
23 November 2022, by Abla Kandalaft,
Dreaming of a homeland she is denied, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, sets a challenge to find an ancient tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence, guided only by inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon. Sarah Beddington’s first feature film is the result of over a decade of filming and years of editing, in collaboration with her producer Susan Simnett. The story of Fadia and her search is interspersed with footage of bird migration and interviews with Israeli (...)
Portrait of a fallible character that doesn’t gloss over his selfishness - Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner
10 November 2022, by Tia Garmonsway
Our writer Tia attended a screening of Mr Turner as part of the "In conversation with Mike Leigh" series of screenings at the Garden Cinema in London.
As I sat in plush comfort at The Garden Cinema, London, surrounded by creative intellectuals sipping wine and discussing with ardour the frequency with which they attended similar events; I couldn’t help but wonder if Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner would comprise a similarly varied cast and artistic scenery. From the off, the guttural growls and (...)
Epic in scope, carnivalesque in tone and almost unprecedented in style: A New Old Play
7 November 2022, by Judy Harris
Set in an exquisite hand-crafted world made up of mattes, miniatures, intricate compositions and theatrical props, A New Old Play may at first strike one as sui generis. The history of cinema is rich in hand crafted worlds and ingenious practical effects (e.g. the works of Méliès, Tourneur and Zeman), yet such techniques have historically been dismissed as uncinematic and are usually permitted only in science fiction or children’s cinema. From the time of its invention film was celebrated as (...)
Bella Ciao: Song Of Rebellion - An exhaustive and rousing doc about the revolutionary anthem
3 October 2022, by judy
A 90-minute documentary film about the roots and rise of the most popular revolutionary song in the world. With more than 20 interviews on three continents, this historic documentary traces the cultural history of the song and investigates its international success, using archival film and performances of its different expressions, including the secret of how it became an anthem for the series "Money Heist" as told from the series’ creator, Alex Pina, in Madrid.
A 90-minute documentary (...)
Revisiting 2017! The Art Of Loving / Get Out
24 June 2022, by Coco Green,
Coco Green and Ola Magdziarek review a couple of cinematic highlights from 2017: Maria Sadowska’s The Art Of Loving, which tells the story of Polish sexologist Michalina Wislocka who fought for her book to be published in the late 1970s, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out, in which Daniel Kaluuya’s African American Chris Washington visits his white girlfriend’s parents. A series of bizarre, unsettling events ensues.
‘The Art of Loving’ (Sztuka Kochania), Poland 2016, Dir. Maria Sadowskav
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Q&A with Andrea Brusa and Marco Scotuzzi, directors of Le Voci Sole (Lonely Voices)
18 April 2022, by Mydylarama team
Following a spate of successful shorts - the excellent Magic Alps caught our attention at Clermont-Ferrand - Italian filmmaking duo Andrea Brusa and Marco Scotuzzi, and regular collaborator producer Andrea Italia, are back, this time with their first feature film, which is currently touring festivals.
We talk to Andrea Brusa about Le Voci Sole (Lonely Voices):
One family’s life goes haywire at the start of the pandemic as the matriarch-now without her steady housekeeper income-encounters a (...)
THE CHARM OF THE SWARM - WORLD WIDE WIKIPEDIA
13 March 2022, by Louis Christie
The internet giant Wikipedia just turned 20. We take a look at its background and the future of the online encyclopaedia. Louis Christie reviews Maria Teresa Curzio 2021’s documentary.
Now in its third decade, Wikipedia faces some complex questions. What role can robots play in writing and regulating articles? Can automated translation help save indigenous languages? What are the implications for an online encyclopaedia when nine in ten contributors are men? In a world where data is the (...)
Nomadland take 2: A reconfiguration of a terribly dysfunctional society.
3 April 2021, by George Crosthwait
In 2011 the USG mine in Empire Nevada closed, effectively creating a ghost town. Caught in the wake of this collapse, Fern (Frances McDormand) has lost her job, her home and is reeling from her husband’s recent passing. Fern becomes part of the disparate and transient “nomad” community. The nomads are usually older, often solitary, Americans living on the road in cars, vans, and mobile homes, following seasonal work and forming short term convoys.
“What the nomads are doing is not that (...)
Nomadland: A Romanticisation Of Misery?
21 March 2021, by Kaveh Abbasian
In Chloé Zhao’s 2020 docu-fiction, Frances McDormand plays a woman in her sixties whose financial circumstances force her out of her home and into a life on the road, roaming the country in a camper van in search of temporary work.
Nomadland (2020) is a romanticisation of misery. And for that reason, it is going to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. In an era where hopelessness is the norm and anxiety about our bleak future is prevalent among most of us, cultural productions such as (...)