London Film Festival 2017 Dispatch #1 - Group Dynamics

From the London Film Festival, two films depicting relations between (largely male) groups where complexities emerge, where codes of sociability were subverted or compromised, by factors both external and internal. Below, an exploration of how ideas of individuality and community functions in both films. "Violence isn't my thing", says the…

Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival 2017 - Hope, The Mother of Fools

One of the UK’s foremost festivals dedicated to short film, Encounters is best known for it’s expansive competitive programmes. Divided into multiple categories and spanning hundreds of films, these offer as stylistically, generically and geographically diverse a selection as can be imagined. Yet, as with any festival of…

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,…

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…