Encounters 2016 - 6 Hours and 30 Minutes Since You Took EU Away

With more than 400 films and 40 events, Encounters is a difficult festival to approach. With its Sinead O’Connor inspired header and unusual exhibition format, the festival’s “perpetual cinema” strand ‘Nothing Compares to EU’ stands out a little. A rolling programme of 28 films, each from a different…

London Korean Film Festival 2016 - Exploring Female Identity Within Masculine Spaces

This is a guest post from George Cudmore, reporting from the London Korean Film Festival. Amidst the London Korean Film Festival’s special focus on female directors creating films for and about women, a clear line could be drawn between two titles - Take Care Of My Cat (2002) and…

London Korean Film Festival 2016 - Park Hong-min

In the London Korean Film Festival's Indie Firepower strand, programmed by Tony Rayns, Park Hong-min sits at the front of the selection of new independent films from emerging national auteurs. Given two spots in the lineup, and treated to particularly complimentary, excited notes by Rayns, Hong-min is obviously a favourite.…

London Korean FIlm Festival 2016 - The Lives of Korean Women

"In 1955, director Park Nam-ok became the first South Korean woman to make a feature film. Yet The Widow, which would prove to be her only film, did not so much blow open the door for other women directors as leave it slightly ajar. In her rough, spirited 2002 documentary,…