Gemma Arterton plays a reclusive writer who rediscovers her romantic side in Jessica Swale’s tender wartime drama. This year has already delivered one successful queer period film, Céline Sciamma’s Cannes-winning Portrait of a Lady on Fire, set in 1770 Brittany. Now we have another, from first-time British writer/director Jessica Swale. The significance of this phenomenon Read More

The supernatural, Nick Cave-scripted Gladiator sequel that never was

Twenty years have passed since Russell Crowe’s scorned warrior Maximus went on a bloody quest to avenge his dead family in 2000’s Gladiator – but his journey wasn’t meant to end there. Ridley Scott’s Roman epic was such a huge success, the film’s star wanted a sequel and approached an unlikely pal to tackle scriptwriting Read More