Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 - Female Filmmakers

Much of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s objectives this year focused around increasing inclusiveness – attracting new audiences and ensuring that existing ones felt better represented. An announced intent towards “unlocking talent from widest geographical, social and BAME backgrounds” was delivered well in gender representation in the film programme, as “51% of…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017 - The Syria Catastrophe

"In an overview of the ongoing conflict in Syria, Richard Beck wrote that, “the Syrian War is at once incomprehensibly byzantine and very simple.” A basic root, the struggle between the nation’s president Bashar al-Assad and the nation’s people, has expanded into something extraordinary complex, involving countless competing…

Flatpack Film Festival 2017 - The Cremaster Cycle

"Described with fitting grandiloquence by the Guggenheim’s curator Nancy Spector as a “self-enclosed aesthetic system”, Matthew Barney’s The Cremaster Cycle is a series of five feature films of varying lengths that look, in various abstract and aloof ways, into human form and creation. Created between 1994 and 2002,…