Sunday 20 April 2014

Tracks - Epic Desert trek with Mia Wasikowska

The harshness and rugged beauty of the Australian desert is brilliantly shot in the amazing 'Tracks' from John Curran, staring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver. The true story of Robyn Davidson's bestselling 1980 novel 'Tracks' and her journey walking from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean accompanied by four camels and a pet dog is a powerful story of her determination to pursue her dream.

Wednesday 16 April 2014

An Episode in The Life of An Iron Picker - Meditative reality from Bosnia

Winner at the Berlin Film Festival 2013 (Silver Bear: Grand Jury Prix and Best Actor Nazif Mujic), An Episode in The Life of an Iron Picker is a gentle and though provoking film based on the real life events of a Romanian family living in rural Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sunday 13 April 2014

The Last Days On Mars

Sci-fi films which concern themselves with the exploration of space (as opposed to merely being set in space) are far and few between, with Prometheus being the most recent incarnation. And yet, just like buses in London, after a long wait, three of them have just left the depot (or should it be the space station?). While we are waiting for the piece of resistance later in the year, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, as an appetiser, two low-budget films have just been released, The Last Days On Mars and Europa Report.

Monday 7 April 2014

Derek Jarman's Blue at the IMAX

I just love the way London has become so cinephile over the last decade, in a way that is a lot more vibrant, inventive and playful even than Paris, which might reign supreme as the city of cinema but is a little too reverential and serious for my liking. As yet another example, I attended the screening of Derek Jarman's Blue tonight, part of the pagan punk season at the BFI. And as a stroke of genius, the film was presented in the enormous screen of the IMAX, when you would have expected to see it in a much smaller screen, considering its perceived niche audience. Yet it was a crazy gamble that the programmers took which more than paid off, given than the screening was nearly full.