Next in our East End Film Festival review series is “The Visit“, by writer-director (but not actor) Michael Madsen. Constructed as a speculative documentary, the film asks: how would we react, officially, if visited by intelligent life from outer space? The narrative unfolds with a series of interviews with men and women who hold titles such as “Theologian, […]Read more "REVIEW: THE VISIT"
Clearly I’ve yet to get in the habit of doing this weekly. Anyway, as always there has been a lot of interesting things going on in the world of DIY and independent film production, here are 5 things that caught our eye this last week (or three…): FOUNTAIN LOADER: Final Draft is probably still the most […]Read more "THE INDIEROUND-UP #4: POLANSKI’S LENSES, LUMET’S METHOD, and GOOGLE’S DOCS"
As my wife’s family is from the area, I’ve been on my fair share of trains arriving to and departing from the Cleethorpes train station, so Pleasure Island caught my eye as I scrolled this year’s East End Film Festival programme. The movie is set near that train station, at the end of the line just down the tracks from the […]Read more "REVIEW: PLEASURE ISLAND"
A little late getting this out, but here are a few things that’ve caught our eye in the last couple of weeks: The news that Twin Peaks will be back in 2016 was announced a few weeks ago and met with the appropriate buzz, so I’m sure you’ve already heard but I still want to make […]Read more "THE INDIEROUND UP #3: INFLUENCE, STYLE, AND GREATNESS"
First up in our series of East End Film Festival reviews is director Neil McEnery-West’s atmospheric debut feature Containment. Set in a scuzzy housing estate, the story follows a group of residents who band together against forced quarantine following a mysterious contagious outbreak. Comprised of frustrated middle-aged artist Mark (Lee Ross), immigrant Sergie (Andrew Leung), mute youngster Nicu (the […]Read more "REVIEW: CONTAINMENT"
If you’re curious what goes into making a semi-scripted, zero budget feature, here is a short behind the scenes doc put together by The Buskers + Lou cinematographer Micah Cruver. Shot way back when we were in the midst of it all those years ago, it’s a fun examination of how we pulled off a 90 minute […]Read more "THE BUSKERS + LOU (AND MICAH)"
This upcoming Sunday June 7, Last Chance Garage will screen as part of the 6th annual Walthamstow International Film Festival, which takes place from 12 PM – 5 PM at the Vestry House Museum. Last Friday, as part of the run up to the festival, the films which were shortlisted for competition screened at the British […]Read more "LAST CHANCE GARAGE AT WALTHAMSTOW INT’L FF, PT 2"