Frames of Representation 2017 - The Human Surge

"Documentary can sometimes be seen as static, formless, a little too inert. This is not something that could be said of Eduardo Williams’ inventive, disruptive and propulsive debut feature The Human Surge, a lurching vortex of continual motion that, while switching between more laconic pacing and moments of greater intensity,…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 - Medium As Message

"International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) might not be the obvious place to go in search of documentary filmmaking. Doc-focused cousin International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) takes place only an hour away and less than two months before, meaning IFFR, a festival most renowned for experimental short film, isn't exactly…

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…