Mike Mills: “All of my movies are about communicating with someone I really love” The director explains how fatherhood shaped his latest film and how creating space is an integral part of his creative vision. FFrom Thumbsucker’s turbulent adolescence to the rediscovered family of 20th century women, Mike Mills creates thoughtful portraits of complex relationships. […]
Tits weekend, the BFI Southbank will host Breaking down prejudices, a series of screenings, lectures and presentations showcasing the work of practitioners with disabilities. The program aims to create an ongoing discourse for better access for talent with disabilities to work in screen industries, and to advocate for authentic on-screen representation and off-screen leadership. All […]
Joaquin Phoenix forms a close bond with an early whippersnapper in Mike Mills’ sweet family drama. KIDs can be safely invoked to say the most sacred things, and in Mike Mills’ latest feature, they indeed do. But they also say everything else – the funniest things, the saddest things, the strangest things, the most wonderful […]
Don’t miss this scintillating survey of the best new Russian cinema The vibrant 2021 Russian Film Festival program is available to everyone on the BFI Player. RRussian film production has, in the new century, endowed the international scene with raw and innovative masterpieces spanning various genres. This year Russian film festival (RFF), organized by ROSKINO […]
The photo illustrator building her own offbeat visual universes Artist Vanessa McKeown highlights her unique creative process. In partnership with Adobe Creator Collective. Creator Stories is a series in support of the Adobe Creators Collective, a new collaborative hub designed to inspire others. Here, artist Vanessa McKeown shines a light on her unique creative process, […]
Umberto Lenzi was a man of all genres, chasing any area of exploitation cinema that happened to be popular in Italy at the time. He is probably the most famous (and infamous) abroad for starting the whole cycle of Italian pseudo-ethnographic cannibal films with Man from Deep River from 1972, which he followed with Eaten […]
Is it time to withdraw the term “documentary”? The annual Frames of Representation festival at the ICA cinema in London advocates for cinema as a more inclusive medium. TThe new century brought with it a kind of fashion for films that fused aspects of documentary and technical aspects of fiction. The unreliability inherent in the […]
An atmospheric tale of toxic masculinity in Tudor England from writer Laura Turner and director Philip Stevens. A distant encampment by the beach somewhere in Tudor England, and toxic masculinity is rampant among the men and women of this beautiful island. Lapwing is Philip Stevens’ first film set on the Laura Turner screenplay, and its […]
Peter Jackson unearths and republishes footage of The Beatles’ last hurray, with exasperating and exasperating results. PPeople come to love the Beatles in different ways. For many Millennial fans, it was their parents’ records that put them on this straight path. Others, like Peter Jackson, were first introduced to the group through the Red and […]
MMichael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 49th Parallel, the story of six stranded Nazi submarines who fail in their attempt to cross from Canada to the United States in order to gain diplomatic immunity, is possibly the film’s most underrated by filmmakers. Lacking the Technicolor splendor of The Red Shoes, the human emotion of A Matter […]
Reggie Yates: “We rarely see coming-of-age stories of black Britons” How a love of cars, London and the British garage informed the writer / director’s insane feature debut, Pirates. A the near-ubiquitous presence on British television has finally spread to the big screen for Reggie Yates, who makes his writer and director debut with the […]
Reggie Yates’ year 2000 debut feature is an exhilarating celebration of British black music and friendship. IIt’s New Years Eve in London. It’s 1999. Google is something we’ve barely heard of. Tamagotchis are something that is always close to our hearts. Three best friends attempt to break into the music scene via pirate radio and […]
Ridley Scott enlists an A-List cast for his bombastic dramatization of Maurizio Gucci’s assassination. TThe devil works hard, but Ridley Scott works harder. This year has brought two lavish, large-scale productions from one of the most prolific directors of his generation. While his grueling medieval drama The Last Duel has been generally well received by […]
Rreceived mixed reviews in 2006, The Fountain is a curious outlier in Darren Aronofsky’s directorial career. Stemming from the critical success of Requiem for a Dream of the 2000s, it is often dismissed as the writer / director’s most inaccessible and complacent film. With the possible exception of Mother! of 2017, it remains his most […]
Reinaldo Marcus Green makes the most of Will Smith in this biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father and trainer. There’s a balance that’s hard to find in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard. The achievements of many prodigies – from Andre Agassi to Tonya Harding to Mozart – have in part been attributed to parental […]
Robert Greene: “This film blames the way the media portray survivors” The director returns to the complex ethics of his new documentary, Procession, which gives a voice to survivors of sexual abuse. In filmography of noble formal experiences to uncover truth through artifice, Robert Greene’s new film Procession – in which survivors of abuse in […]
HWe don’t follow the band on tour on the road and don’t throw acid or anything, but Martin Scorsese is a real Deadhead. He stepped in as executive producer of Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary Long Strange Trip in 2017, and now he has announced a new project that will take his reputation as a jam group […]
The French maestro on how she’s matured as a filmmaker, and the secrets hidden in her beguiling latest, Petite Maman.
Céline Sciamma puts a time-loop spin on the classic coming-of-age tale with this gentle family fairy tale.
Jane Campion’s claustrophobic, slow-burn western dials up the queer subtext of Thomas Savage’s source novel.