• TV Review: Bodyguard

    The BBC’s drama resurgence has kept the spines of the nation well and truly tingling this Autumn, and blockbuster thriller Bodyguard has only upped the ante. Whilst Line of Duty fans in particular were marking off the calendar days in advance, not many could have preempted the richness of...
  • Film Review: Anchor and Hope

    A raw and emotionally taut film, Anchor and Hope follows the electric relationship of Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalia Tena) as they face the struggles of love, loss and the complicated possibilities that the appearance of Kat’s best friend Roger (David Verdaguer) brings. It strikes a chord with...
  • Film Review: An Actor Prepares

    A classic odd couple tale; despite numerous clichés and an at times slightly too predictable script, An Actor Prepares packs a surprising emotional punch due to convincing performances and sharp comic beats. After suffering a life-threatening heart attack, veteran Hollywood actor Atticus Smith is forced to travel across America...
  • Asian Film Bucket List: The Scent of Green Papaya

    The Asian Film Bucket List has taken us from a jarring Japanese thriller, through an intense Indian social commentary, all the way to a sharp Singaporean rom-com. So how better to round off the rave reviews than with an aesthetically pleasing arthouse piece from our final destination of Vietnam?...
  • Access All Areas – ‘The Return of Summer’ @ NOTTIFF

    A film about coming-of-age, escapism and above all music, Access All Areas is a loud and colourful explosion of atmosphere that aims to hit a nostalgic note inside the minds of its audience, and conjure up memories of long golden summers of youth and discovery. Filmed over this year’s Bestival on the Isle of...
  • Asian Film Bucket List: Tropical Malady 2004

    A film split into two halves, each with little connection to the other, Tropical Malady is definitely a frustrating watch. But it’s only when you stop trying to rationalise it that you can finally take something from it. Tropical Malady begins with a group of Thai soldiers posing with...
  • Asian Film Bucket List: Audition 1999

    The Asian continent produces art that’s as varied as its peoples and cultures. Not least of these is film. From the unnerving horrors of Japan to the token song and dance filled extravaganzas of Bollywood, there’s a flick to cater to each and every type of film junkie. For...