Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999, Mark Leckey)

"Mark Leckey’s Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore (1999) starts with a grain-laden spectral blue skyline. Surreal but serene, the scene sets the tone for the film it fades into, a chronological collage covering three decades of UK dance culture that connects northern soul to acid house and hardcore. A…

Frames of Representation 2018 - Extinction

Salomé Lamas’ Extinction opens with a face looking directly at the screen. Shot in grainy black and white, the close-up composition immediately recalls her 2012 film No Man’s Land, in which a man faces the camera and describes the atrocities of his life. Though it also features interviews (alongside…

CPH:DOX 2018 - Colossal Youth

“It takes a very long time to become young,” said Pablo Picasso, quoted in Jean Cocteau’s book ‘The Hand of a Stranger’, but the reverse can be true too, as displayed in 3 first time features about young people playing at nonfiction festival CPH:DOX. For these folks the…

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 - Margaret Salmon, Circle

"How can you effectively survey more than 20 years of filmmaking? How to tie together films that vary in form and approach, films made by a person at different periods of their life, across different countries, with different friends and family members? How to curate a retrospective that doesn’…

Edge of Frame Weekender 2018 - Cosmogonical Cinema

"Traditional filmmaking has a fundamental limitation. It must start with reality. The images that can be created begin with what can be observed and recorded; filmmakers must use the extant in order to create something new. In animation - irregardless of the tools and techniques being used - no…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Time Travel, Map Making

"The scale and ambition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which packs 593 short and feature films into 12 days of independent cinema, as well as talks, performances, and gallery installations in venues across the city, makes it almost uniquely difficult to approach, even for the experienced visitor. The…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Dream Curation

"Sleep has been an integral part of the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul since he began making them, but recently it has felt increasing central to the experience of viewing them as well. He introduced screenings of his last feature Cemetery of Splendour by stating that he didn’t mind…