10 must-see shorts from the Toronto International Film Festival 2020

10 must-see shorts from the Toronto International Film Festival 2020 This year’s Short Cuts programme brought together bite-size perspectives from around the world. The chaotic nature of major film festivals mean that it’s inevitable you won’t get to see everything you have on your radar. A surprising amount of time is dedicated to standing in Read More

Mangrove – first-look review

Mangrove – first-look review Steve McQueen’s film about the Mangrove Nine trial is a masterful evocation of political determination. ‘Black Ownership’ read the sign in the window of Frank Crichlow’s Mangrove restaurant. Notting Hill in 1968 was a sanctuary for West Indian people, invited to help rebuild Britain after the war, a place to call Read More

A new animated short explores sexual envy from a female perspective

A new animated short explores sexual envy from a female perspective Hungarian animator Nadja Andrasev reveals how personal experience informed her sensual new film Symbiosis. One of the first film festivals to take place in cinemas in the pandemic era was Portugal’s arthouse fiesta, IndieLisboa. I attended for five days searching for a film that Read More

Ryan Gosling set to star in drama about the life of a stuntman

In the years since he broke out as the co-director of megahit John Wick, action-veteran-turned-filmmaker David Leitch has been keeping busy. He returned to silver screens in 2017 with the hard-hitting Charlize Theron vehicle Atomic Blonde, then cranked out a sequel to Deadpool in 2018, and then spun off the Fast ‘n’ Furious franchise into Read More

10 years on, The Social Network is sharper than ever

With a sublime balance of David Fincher’s incisive, economical directing and Aaron Sorkin’s razor-sharp writing, The Social Network is a Greek tragedy dressed in a hoodie and flip flops. While most tragedies end with the protagonist’s demise, however, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is a strange case. He’s both the tech genius with Silicon Valley at Read More

Little Girl

Sébastien Lifschitz’s sensitive portrait of eight-year-old Sasha will change attitudes towards gender dysphoria. Representations of gender dysphoria are proliferating. There will continue to be missteps but it’s heartening to see more sensitive portrayals. Sébastien Lifschitz has been in the latter camp since his 2004 narrative drama Wild Side, about a trans* sex worker played by Read More

Two cinematic tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg are set for re-release

The recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court justice and lifelong crusader for the rights of women and other marginalized groups, sent shockwaves through American society on both sides of the political aisle. Everyone’s at a loss as to how such an illustrious career and life can be properly commemorated, especially with the ongoing Read More

Miss Juneteenth

Channing Godfrey Peoples’ feature debut is a stunning love letter to Southern Black culture. What is a ‘phenomenal woman’? In a towering performance, actor Nicole Beharie plays a former beauty queen preparing her rebellious daughter for the Miss Juneteenth pageant. This powerful directorial debut from Channing Godfrey Peoples explores themes of Black motherhood, womanhood and Read More

Channing Godfrey Peoples: ‘I’ve always been fascinated with lineage’

Channing Godfrey Peoples: ‘I’ve always been fascinated with lineage’ Don’t be fooled by the surface-level frivolity of Miss Juneteenth says its canny, thoughtful director. Miss Juneteenth is the debut feature from writer/director Channing Godfrey Peoples. It focuses on the deferred dreams of former pageant queen Turquoise Jones (Nicole Beharie) and her plan to convince her Read More

The story of Hayao Miyazaki’s forgotten Sherlock Holmes series

Although the vast majority of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are now in the public domain, a small handful written in the mid 1920s remain under copyright, creating legal dramas that continue to give filmmakers headaches. In 2015, director Bill Condon was sued alongside distributors Miramax and Roadside Attractions for Mr Holmes, with the Read More

Studio Ghibli has released 400 free images from its film library

We’ve never been shy about our slavish, staff-wide devotion to the works of Studio Ghibli and its associated artists here at Little White Lies HQ, where the Japanese animation giant’s every new announcement is cause for celebration. And so our dear readers can only imagine the triumphant cheers that sounded out upon today’s announcement that Read More

Tricia Tuttle on what to expect from the 64th BFI London Film Festival

Tricia Tuttle on what to expect from the 64th BFI London Film Festival The Festival Director speak about putting together the most accessible, expansive LFF programme yet. This year has presented an unprecedented challenge to organisers of film festivals around the world, with many major events – from Cannes to Toronto – being either cancelled Read More

Know The Score: El-P on 2002’s Solaris

Know The Score: El-P on 2002’s Solaris The producer and rapper reveals the soul-cleansing moment he discovered Cliff Martinez’s soundtrack. Pioneering rapper and producer El-P’s music has always felt cinematic. A big portion of the artist’s solo material is rooted in post-apocalyptic themes that explore the hollowness of late capitalism, with songs like ‘Dead Disnee’ Read More

How Takeshi Kitano went from comedian to crime auteur

It took until 1997 for Japanese audiences to take Takeshi Kitano seriously as a filmmaker. As one of the country’s most prolific television personalities, a stand-up comedian with a penchant for wacky gameshows (Takeshi’s Castle, anyone?), they had little reason to believe that he was capable of anything more than mindless laughs. It wasn’t until Read More