Fantasia 2021, Film Reviews, Horror

REVIEW: Hellbender (Fantasia 2021)

In Stephenie Meyer’s famous teen saga Twilight, a vampire is at their most powerful when young – but also at their most dangerous. Since a similar concept is employed in occult coming-of-age tale Hellbender, it is fitting that Zelda Adams – who gives life to…

Fantasia 2021, Film Reviews, Sci-Fi

REVIEW: King Car (Fantasia 2021)

Brazilian cinema has surprisingly flourished under the inhospitable conditions imposed by the Bolsonaro regime. Well, not quite surprisingly, since political turmoil has fuelled cinematic production in the country for decades, from Glauber Rocha’s Aesthetics of Hunger to Eduardo Coutinho’s sharp, groundbreaking documentaries. The current government,…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Cowboys (BFI Flare 2021)

When it comes to trans visibility, mainstream entertainment narratives have a tendency to lean towards showcasing adults’ stories. This then leaves a gaping hole when it comes to stories of young people navigating their gender identity, unfortunately unconsciously feeding into this belief that children are…

Film Reviews, SXSW 2021

REVIEW: Language Lessons (SXSW 2021)

For most of 2020, filmmakers have been bashing their heads against a wall trying to figure out how to make a movie in the midst of a global pandemic. Traditional sets require safety measures that are cost prohibitive for many independent film productions, so the…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: Boy Meets Boy (BFI Flare 2021)

For his feature film debut, Boy Meets Boy, writer and director Daniel Sánchez López transports audiences to the streets of Berlin for a whirlwind holiday romance. After Harry (Matthew James Morrison) a doctor from Nottingham, comes to the end of a two day bender during…

BFI Flare 2021, Film Reviews

REVIEW: My First Summer (BFI Flare 2021)

A hidden house in the woods, sparkly bracelets and coffee with marshmallows – what more could you ask for from a delicate coming-of-age story? My First Summer takes you to rural Australia merely days after tragedy has struck in a local stream, and follows the…