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  • In memory of Nik Powell: tributes to a legendary character in British cinema

    Industry colleagues Jane Giles, Sandra Hebron, Amanda Nevill and Josh Berger remember the charismatic late distributor and producer Nik Powell, from his headlong early days at the Scala Cinema to the energy and influence he brought to the National Film and Television School.


    Monday 11 November 2019

    Obituaries

  • Nik Powell obituary: a rolling stone in the British film world

    The distributor and producer who shook up the stuffy world of 1980s British cinema latterly became a dynamic moderniser of the country’s leading film school.

    Nick Bradshaw
    Friday 8 November 2019

    Obituaries

  • American Movie at 20: why this portrait of a working-class Wisconsin auteur endures

    Chris Smith’s 1999 film followed low-budget filmmaker Mark Borchardt for a year of travails that somehow emerged as comedic. But did the laughs came from sympathy, exploitation or a complex collaboration between director and subject, asks Robert Greene.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 6 November 2019

    Unfiction

  • From the Magazine

    Can men love musicals?

    Could the tepid critical response to the brilliant The Greatest Showman have anything to do with a general male suspicion of musicals, asks Mark Cousins.

    Mark Cousins
    Wednesday 6 November 2019

    Comment

  • Brian De Palma’s Domino is a puzzle

    Hastily made and by conventional standards plainly incomplete, De Palma’s latest straight-to-home release thriller ‘accidentally’ makes for a riddle as rich as the director’s more micro-managed film games, writes Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Tuesday 5 November 2019

    Bradlands

  • Candy, corny, culty: Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween All-Dayer 2019

    As many of this year’s films so neatly evoked the nostalgic pleasures of past genre trends, one distinctively feminist and thought-provoking body horror stood out all the more, writes Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Tuesday 5 November 2019

    Festivals

  • Four cosmic journeys at Toronto’s Wavelengths 2019

    From solar storm intrigue to lusty lionesses, othered mosquitos and feminist communards in Syria, these four highlights of the Toronto Film Festival’s experimental showcase took Ela Bittencourt to terrible and wonderful parallel worlds.

    Ela Bittencourt
    Wednesday 30 October 2019

    Festivals

  • Co-ordinating intimacy: making sex scenes safe

    At the 2019 BFI London Film Festival, two film directors and two intimacy coordinators shared notes on what they’ve learned filming up close and comfortably for actors and crew. Rebecca Harrison took notes.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Monday 14 October 2019

    Festivals

  • Robert De Niro looks back

    Thirty-nine years after Raging Bull closed the London Film Festival – and two days before his new Martin Scorsese collaboration The Irishman followed suit – Robert De Niro took the festival’s stage for a forthright and wide-ranging Screen Talk. “I like the fact you can shoot movies and they last forever,” he told host Ian Hayden Smith.

    Ian Mantgani
    Monday 14 October 2019

    Festivals

  • 7 excursions from reality in the 2019 London Film Festival Cult strand

    From Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg as petri-dish suburban parents to Nicolas Cage in the latest mindbender from Richard Stanley, these seven films will reprogramme your view of the world, says Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Thursday 10 October 2019

    Festivals

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