Riz Ahmed and Bassam Tariq on the personal journey of Mogul Mowgli

Riz Ahmed and Bassam Tariq on the personal journey of Mogul Mowgli The actor and director discuss the shared experiences that inspired their bittersweet love letter to their spiritual home. Mogul Mowgli is the debut narrative feature from documentary maker Bassam Tariq. It was co-written with Riz Ahmed who also stars as Zed, a rapper Read More

French Exit – first-look review

French Exit – first-look review Michelle Pfieffer prowls the upper social echelons of Paris and Manhattan in this trifling take on Patrick DeWitt’s novel. Michelle Pfeiffer moves through Azazel Jacobs’ French Exit like a snow leopard, prowling and snarling and glaring while inclement conditions rage all around her. She plays Frances Price, a recent widow Read More

Time

Garrett Bradley surveys America’s prison industrial complex through the lens of one couple’s personal struggle. Does a person experience time, or does one simply travel through it as if it’s some kind of elongated underground tunnel through the earth? Fox Rich’s tunnel allows for a modicum of speed and is beset with dramatic twists and Read More

Garrett Bradley: ‘It’s important to resist the invisibility of the prison industrial complex’

Garrett Bradley: ‘It’s important to resist the invisibility of the prison industrial complex’ The director discusses her stark interrogation of the destructive stasis of the carceral state, Time. Whether training her camera on the “click-farms” of Bangladesh (Like), the disaster education centres of Japan (The Earth is Humming), or the families and loved ones permanently Read More

Tilda Swinton sits for Pedro Almodóvar in The Human Voice trailer

Not even a global pandemic can stop Pedro Almodóvar from creating his paeans to the strength, composure and complexity of womankind. Among the first surreal stills to depict a filmmaker proceeding with their work under quarantine was a photo of Almodóvar directing Tilda Swinton, and now a new trailer shows the result of that delicate Read More

Miranda July: ‘I’m interested in the little self-sabotaging things we do’

Miranda July: ‘I’m interested in the little self-sabotaging things we do’ Breaking into the local post office was deep research for the artworld multi-hypenate’s superb new film, Kajillionaire. Good things supposedly come to those who wait, and Miranda July’s third feature film is proof of that. In the nine years since she directed The Future, Read More

An international coalition of female spies team up in The 355

It seems like just yesterday that the 2018 Cannes Film Festival was underway, two weeks of sun and sand during which visitors may have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a historic photo op. I distinctly recall seeing an assemblage of world-renowned actresses from afar, posing near the beach in a publicity-grabbing accompaniment Read More

Discover this gentle Japanese drama about an eccentric family

Schoolboy Hajime (Takahiro Sato) runs panting across a rice field, but misses the train carrying away forever the girl from his class whom he loves but has never had the courage even to address. The wide shots and rural setting (Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo) might suggest that The Taste of Tea represents a classical Read More

Documentaries to discover at the BFI London Film Festival 2020

Documentaries to discover at the BFI London Film Festival 2020 Eight non-fiction features that are well worth seeking out at this year’s LFF. The pandemic has seen many festivals around the world scale back their understanding of what a festival is or should be. The BFI London Film Festival has programmed fewer films this year, Read More

Kirsten Johnson: ‘I was asking cinema to keep my dad alive’

Kirsten Johnson: ‘I was asking cinema to keep my dad alive’ The documentary maker attempts to cheat death with her life-affirming latest, Dick Johnson Is Dead. More than any other artform, cinema has the ability to immortalise people. In her deeply personal follow-up to 2016’s Cameraperson, documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson takes this idea to its Read More