International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017 - Turtle Rock, Moonlight City

"Documentary filmmaking has been flourishing in China for a number of years, but in the last year or so it has achieved much more international visibility, with festivals programming Chinese documentaries with more frequency as their critical reception broadens. The most obvious demonstration is the work of one of…

London Korean Film Festival 2017 - No Money, No Future!

"In any other year, South Korean artist and filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk’s films could not have screened at the London Korean Film Festival, noted curator Tony Rayns as he introduced Jung’s films at the festival. Under the previous government, led by the now-imprisoned Park Geun-hye, Jung’s work—…

Jane (2017, Brett Morgen)

"Few images are more immediately satisfying than the one at the start of Brett Morgen’s archive-led bio-doc Jane, a picture-postcard scene that sees beloved primatologist Jane Goodall sitting atop an arching tree, surveying the luscious green expanse in front of her. Queen of her domain, friend to all…

London East Asian Film Festival 2017 - Time Travelling

"Hidden inside the London East Asian Film Festival’s programme was a rare treat: three animated features celebrating the centenary of the birth of Japanese animation, an art form that has since grown to become one of the country’s most important, valued cultural exports. Anime has always had…

London Film Festival 2017 Dispatch #2 - Treasure Hunting

Go to any film festival around the world, and you’ll encounter the same hierarchy of condescension. More interesting than the films in the main competition are those in the experimental sidebar, you’ll be told; and more interesting still, are the films found in the classic cinema retrospective. This…

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"…

Interview - Anna Bogutskaya

Anna Bogutskaya is an events programmer for the BFI, as well as the festival producer for female filmmaker focused Underwire Festival, and one half of The Final Girls, a screening series dedicated to the intersection of horror and feminism. This interview took place in relation to The Final Girls' tour…

Feature - We Are The Weirdos

"Founded a little over a year ago as “the brainchild of a Saturday morning WhatsApp conversation” between Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe, two self-proclaimed “cinema nerds” who bonded over a shared love of horror cinema, The Final Girls is a London-based film collective exploring the intersection between feminism and…

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…