Interviews

INTERVIEW: ‘Emma’ Costume Designer Alexandra Byrne

Alexandra Byrne is an Oscar winning costume designer, who has worked on Hamlet (1996), Elizabeth (1998), The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Murder on the Orient Express (2017). She has also designed the costumes extensively within the MCU – including Thor (2011), The Avengers…

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REVIEW: Little Fish (2021)

British actor Olivia Cooke is having quite the recent few months, with the release of Irish independent film Pixie and the midst-of-awards-season Sound of Metal. Little Fish is a rare example of her getting to use her own Mancunian accent, even if it is set in…

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REVIEW: The Dig (2021)

Up until recently, depictions of archeologists on the big screen have pretty much been limited to the whip-cracking, fedora-toting adventurer Indiana Jones. However, with Francis Lee bringing fossil-hunter Mary Anning under the spotlight in Ammonite and now Simon Stone unearthing the little-known story behind the…

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Fi’s Top Fifty(ish) Films of 2020

I have heard some concerning comments from those who are into films a normal amount (I wonder what that’s like?) along the lines of “were any films even released in 2020?” or that it has been a bad year for film. Of course, it was…

Features, Latest, TV

Fi’s Top 30 TV Shows of 2020

I’ve decided to shamelessly steal from the great LA Times film critic Justin Chang and present my best TV shows of the year as a series of 15 pairs. I love finding connections between things and thinking of films in terms of double-bills, so thought…

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TV REVIEW: Bridgerton (2020)

It’s been a great year for irreverent historical and literary film and TV, with the most prominent being The Personal History of David Copperfield (dir. Armando Iannucci), Enola Holmes (dir. Harry Bradbeer) and The Great (Tony McNamara, creator). We’re also currently between seasons of Dickinson…

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Girls on Film – Fetishes, Fascists and Voyeurs

I believe that myself reflected in the eyes of others is my true self. Voyeurism, usually with some connection to both sex and violence has long been a concern for filmmakers, for obvious reasons. To be a photographer or a film director is inherently voyeuristic….

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REVIEW: Black Bear (2020)

Black Bear is the latest work from independent filmmaker Lawrence Michael Levine, who also wrote and directed Wild Canaries (2014), which co-starred Levine and his real-life partner Sophia Takal, as well as Alia Shawkat and Jason Ritter. Levine also wrote Always Shine (2016), which was…