London Korean Film Festival 2015 - Emerging Directors

Each year, the LKFF spotlights two directors who are at the early stages of their career, directors whose small body of work may have met some acclaim at international festivals, but remain largely unknown outside of this bubble. It is nice to see mini-retrospectives of directors beginning their careers, ones…

London Film Festival 2015 Dispatch #4 - Of Lobsters and Horses

Two fractured coming of age tales, wide in scope and rich in feeling, that are both recognisable as traces of the nations that produced them; and two Greek films with British connections. One, a Film4 Co-Production that has a UK general release parallel to its LFF screening; and the other…

London Film Festival 2015 Dispatch #1 - Talk, Tangerines & Trauma

Amongst the 240 strong programme, London Film Festival (LFF) is host to a large number of familiar names and flagpole films, acting as something of a net for the festivals preceding it. Mainly suiting a public (for many press, Karlovy Vary Festival or Krakow's New Horizons may serve the same…

Time, Space, Structure & Process - Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2015

For a festival ostensibly serving a town of 12,000, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) holds a position in England’s film festival scene somewhat above its mantle. Now in its eleventh year of operation, England’s most Northern festival saw frequenters from across Scotland and Northumberland return;…

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy (2013, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit)

Following his first film 36, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit again blends formal experimentation with more traditionalist impulses in second feature Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy. Thamrongrattanarit takes 410 tweets from the twitter feed of a 17 year old girl Mary (@marylony) and adapts them into a continuing, sequential narrative, building his…