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,…

Essay Film Festival 2017 - Babette Mangolte

"As the subject of one of the Essay Film Festival’s special focuses, cinematographer, photographer, writer and director Babette Mangolte was welcomed to the stage by Laura Mulvey. Having outlined the trajectory of her impressive career; Mulvey spoke, as a friend and a direct contemporary, of Mangolte’s 1970s beginnings.…