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…

London Film Festival 2016 - Broadening Understandings

"International news coverage presents a very specific, often simplistic narrative of the Middle East. Cinema has the opportunity to provide an alternative. Elhum Shakerifar, one of two BFI London Film Festival programme advisors for MENA regions, is “particularly interested in challenging those meta-narratives that are created by the news, the…

London Film Festival 2016 Dispatch #3 - Temporary Transportations

The latest in Albert Serra's series of imaginative retellings of the legends of historical or literary figures might be his best yet, and is certainly his most accessible. The Death of Louis XIV was conceived initially as a performance piece, commissioned by the Centre Pompidou and due to take place…

London Film Festival 2015 Dispatch #5 - Some Docs

A few words on some of the documentaries that played at the festival. Three films about people and places and what it means to call a place home, for better and for worse. Prolific critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins, best known for his autobiographical film history series A Story of…