Feast your eyes on hundreds of behind-the-scenes photos from Mank

As long as it’s safe to use pandemic-related idioms again, we can safely say that Mank fever has swept the LWLies offices with a swiftness, leaving us all itching with anticipation for the new film from David Fincher. We’ve sprained our index fingers hitting replay on the full trailer unveiled earlier this week, and now Read More

Tom Hanks hits the country roads in the News of the World trailer

Among the finest Tom Hanks performances of recent vintage came via Captain Phillips, in which the actor reconciled his warm, comforting presence as America’s dad with a steelier exterior brought on by crisis. He’s now set to reunite with director Paul Greengrass for the first time since, in another role that sees him striking a Read More

One Man and His Shoes

This intriguing documentary explores the intersection between African American culture and basketball sneakers. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Black people love trainers. This is something so pedestrian that to even examine it seems inane. However, Yemi Bamiro’s ingenious documentary is both a love letter and a cautionary tale about the African-American community’s complicated Read More

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

Sacha Baron Cohen’s calamity-prone Kazakh reporter takes dead-aim at US conservatism in this rip-snorting sequel. Like Hemingway before him, Borat Sagdiyev has returned to America to find a nation changed. Sacha Baron Cohen saw fit to revive his most inspired comic creation, the calamity-prone Kazakh reporter with a taste for revealing swimwear and convivial anti-Semitism, Read More

Ardbeg & LWLies Present: The B-Movie Monsters That Time Forgot!

In 1950s Hollywood, horror movies all but turned their back on the genre’s classic Gothic creations. Instead of Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster came new nightmares for the modern Atomic Age – in all manner of strange shapes and sizes. In The B-Movie Monsters That Time Forgot!, Leigh Singer explores the weird and wonderful creature features Read More

The Secret Garden

Dixie Egerickx outshines her adult co-stars in this pleasant adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel. Marc Munden’s The Secret Garden, an adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel of the same name, is beautiful to look at. But while the film will charm your senses it won’t necessarily captivate your soul. One evening during the Read More

William Greaves’ Nationtime and the Black National Convention of 2020

Between 10-12 March, 1972, Mayor Richard Hatcher hosted the National Black Political Convention in, not a convention centre in “progressive” cities like New York or Los Angeles, but a high school gymnasium in the “smokestack city” of Gary, Indiana. At the time, he and Carl Stokes were the only Black Mayors of cities with population Read More

Sope Dìrísù: ‘Fear is a very difficult sensation to replicate’

Sope Dìrísù: ‘Fear is a very difficult sensation to replicate’ A decade of hard graft across stage, screen and TV has resulted in a bone-rattling lead turn in political horror, His House. You’ll have probably seen the actor Sope Dìrísù in something, as he’s cropped up here, there and everywhere across the last decade. His Read More

Transgressive femininity in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca

Alfred Hitchcock was obsessed with the state of womanhood. His preoccupation with beautiful, blonde leading ladies became a trademark, yet these casting choices ran deeper than good looks. His filmography reads as a man desperately trying to unlock the mystery of women. Hitchcock was definitely not a feminist, but to write off his work as Read More

African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’

African Apocalypse and the painful legacy of ‘Heart of Darkness’ A new documentary gives a voice to the silenced natives in Joseph Conrad’s colonialist novel. Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness’ is perhaps the best known and most widely debated novel about colonialism. The story follows the protagonist Marlow’s journey from London, the great imperial capital, Read More

Check out these postcards inspired by the art of Hilma af Klint

Like so many female artists of her generation, Swedish trailblazer Hilma af Klint was misjudged and largely ignored by the mainstream art establishment. Thankfully her legacy has now been reclaimed by a brilliant documentary called Beyond the Visible, which is out now via Modern Films. To celebrate the film’s release, we set a creative brief Read More

Bill Nighy will lead an English-language reworking of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru

Smack dab in the prime of his career, the peerless Akira Kurosawa made the elegiac sort of masterpiece most artists save for their twilight years. Ikiru follows aging bureaucrat Kanji (played indelibly by Takashi Shimura) as he learns that he has life-threatening cancer on the eve of his retirement, leaving the man existentially adrift, in Read More

Totally Under Control

The Trump administration’s catastrophic response to COVID-19 is laid bare in Alex Gibney’s timely exposé. Made in secret and with the utmost urgency, Totally Under Control sees Alex Gibney and co-directors Suzanne Hillinger and Ophelia Harunthanyan investigate America’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Donald Trump referred to on 28 February as a “hoax”. Read More

Dev Patel is starring in a film about the male striptease troupe Chippendales

Like so many elements of the all-male exotic dance revue Chippendales, the road to production on the film about it has been long and hard. A dramatization of the stripping empire’s unsavory founding has been languishing in development hell for no less than two decades as attached talent came and went, but it looks like Read More