Film Reviews, Horror, Latest, LFF 2020

REVIEW: Rose – A Love Story (LFF 2020)

Vampires have long been a staple of the horror genre, harking back to the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu. However on screen portrayals of the mythical creature have ranged widely throughout the decades. Initially characterised as mere bloodsucking monsters, vampires are increasingly represented as misunderstood outsiders –…

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REVIEW: Siberia (LFF 2020)

For those who like their festival films as bonkers and experimental as possible; well this one’s definitely for you. World premiering in competition at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year, Siberia marks Abel Ferrara’s sixth collaboration with Willem Dafoe, following last year’s addiction drama Tommaso. Billed as a search…

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REVIEW: One Man and his Shoes (LFF 2020)

There will be numerous conversations as to whether Yemi Bamiro’s investigative look into the legacy of the Air Jordan sneakers serves as the perfect companion piece to this year’s outstanding documentary The Last Dance. The Netflix series was an examination into Michael Jordan – the man,…

Documentary, Film Reviews, Latest, LFF 2020

REVIEW: Stray (LFF 2020)

What an odd but quaint little documentary this is. Stray offers a dog’s eye view of Istanbul as filmmaker Elizabeth Lo follows Zeytin and her fellow stray dogs for two years, capturing the mundane and monotony of life on the streets. A title card at…

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REVIEW: Farewell Amor (LFF 2020)

After seventeen years alone in New York, Angolan immigrant Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) is joined in the US by his wife Esther (Zainab Jan) and teenage daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson). Now cramped in a one-bedroom apartment, the family tries to reconnect. Farewell Amor is…

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REVIEW: Supernova (LFF 2020)

Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated films in this year’s London film festival programme (alongside Francis Lee’s Ammonite) is the sophomore outing from British writer-director Harry Macqueen. World-premiering in competition at San Sebastián earlier this year, the drama is the second movie in the lineup to…

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REVIEW: I Am Samuel (LFF 2020)

There’s something quite beautiful about a documentary that doesn’t focus on a public figure or somebody deemed ‘extraordinary’, but instead follows a regular guy as filmed by one of his closest friends. In his moving documentary I Am Samuel, Kenyan writer/director Peter Murimi captures moments…

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REVIEW: Cicada (LFF 2020)

Set during a particularly lush New York summer, Cicada follows the blooming romance between two twenty-somethings, both of whom are searching for themselves as much as they’re searching for love. Ben (played by writer-director Matthew Fifer) is a quietly confident but introspective soul who by…