What to see at the virtual Glasgow Film Festival 2021

What to see at the virtual Glasgow Film Festival 2021 Scotland’s first digital-only festival is bursting with cinematic treats, including 48 UK premieres. The 2020 Glasgow Film Festival seems as if it occurred a lifetime ago. It must have been one of the last live, in-person festivals where people could actually utter the words “Is Read More

Danny Boyle will direct a TV miniseries about The Sex Pistols

“Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” Those words, uttered by Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten as he concluded his final show with soon-to-be-dead bandmate Sid Vicious, encapsulate a lifetime of regret and disappointment with the music industry and the complexes of fame. But for too long, Sex Pistols superfans have felt cheated in their Read More

Steve McQueen: ‘Until things change, these stories will always be timely’

Steve McQueen: ‘Until things change, these stories will always be timely’ The director reflects on the making of his triumphant ode to Black culture and resilience, Small Axe. It took 11 years for Steve McQueen to get the green light for his anthology film series Small Axe, which tells five stories centred around London’s West Read More

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is a terrifying look at the banality of evil

In 1986, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, a micro-budget horror film from first-time director John McNaughton, disturbed critics and audiences so much that it challenged the paradigms for on-screen violence. Loosely based on real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, whose crimes spanned 1960 to 1983 (he was convicted of the murder of 11 people Read More

How filmmakers are highlighting racial discrimination in the criminal justice system

How filmmakers are highlighting racial discrimination in the criminal justice system At the 64th BFI London Film Festival, three films provided a timely addition to discourse ignited by the Black Lives Matter movement. Three standout films at this year’s BFI London Film Festival deal with the topic of racism in the criminal justice system: Steve Read More

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

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

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

Kirsten Johnson ponders life and death in the Dick Johnson is Dead trailer

Kirsten Johnson has no use for the common language of documentary cinema, with its talking-head interviews and establishing drone shots and pretensions of an unattainable objectivity. She’s risen to the top of the nonfiction heap by embracing subjectivity, first assembling her autobiography Cameraperson through a swirl of free-associative footage, and now upping the ante of Read More

The 2020 BFI London Film Festival line-up has been announced

The 2020 BFI London Film Festival line-up has been announced This year’s scaled-back celebration mixes world cinema gems with something a little different. If nothing else, this wretched year has spurred innovation within the creative sector. Accepting that the time is not yet now for mass gatherings and business-as-usual celebrations of global art, institutions such Read More

Francis Lee’s Ammonite to close the 64th BFI London Film Festival

Francis Lee’s Ammonite to close the 64th BFI London Film Festival The British writer/director’s lesbian romance will cap off this year’s LFF on 17 October. If you love a good period lesbian romance (who doesn’t?), the BFI London Film Festival has a hotly-anticipated treat for you. Following Monday’s announcement that Steve McQueen’s drama Mangrove will Read More

Ai Weiwei has made a sobering pandemic documentary in secrecy

The great multimedia artist and human rights defender Ai Weiwei has not been sitting idly by while the world has descended into pandemic-fueled disarray. Though he’s been unable to leave his current residence in Europe, he nonetheless directed a new documentary titled CoroNation about the cataclysmic situation in Wuhan and the surrounding regions of China, Read More

John David Washington: ‘I’m better acquainted with heights now’

John David Washington: ‘I’m better acquainted with heights now’ The star of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet revels in the toil of making an experimental mega blockbuster. Leaving behind a career in American football, John David Washington has been making steady waves in the acting sphere. His most lauded and recognisable roles have come from a number Read More

See the trailer for a stripped-down concert film Nick Cave recorded under COVID

Of course an artist as tirelessly inventive as Nick Cave wasn’t going to let a little thing like a global pandemic slow him down. A new press release issued today by the musician/writer/filmmaker/all-purpose creative fount paints a picture of a Cave chafing under the confinement of quarantine, and using his resources to break through these Read More

BFI London Film Festival announces virtual 2020 edition

BFI London Film Festival announces virtual 2020 edition This year’s LFF will offer online screenings, free screen talks and more, widening access across the UK. As the ever-present threat of a global pandemic has made group gatherings in contained spaces all but impossible, film festivals have had no choice but to throw out the playbook Read More