JOURNAL

A BLAST OF CRAFT AND CHAOS – CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S DUNKIRK

Christopher Nolan’s cinema is emotional and spectacular. He is one of the finest craftsmen of visual storytelling we have ever seen. Dunkirk is no exception. It plays by these rules. It punctures the surface of the screen and soaks the audience in action. We drown amongst soldiers whose ship has just been torpedoed. We crouch […]

A THEORY OF FILM – SLAVOJ ZIZEK AND HIS IDEOLOGICAL BASIN

Hollywood cinema is well known for marking ideological content. After all it is only an extension of the American dream. However, let’s dig deeper and use some of the contemporary theories of radical thinkers like Slavoj Zizek to help us get there. We are concerned with Hollywood and the cinema it promotes, and we are […]

“We owe it to ourselves to go out and do it!” – NFTS graduate Shady El-Hamus talks film directing

Do you want to know a lot about directing films? Then chat with Shady El-Hamus, a recent graduate in directing fiction from the National Film & Television School (NFTS), or modestly read on and decrypt the messages below. Shady’s short films focus primarily on relationships within the family and how pressures from one’s background, social […]

Film Producer Rob Speranza on the industry and South Yorkshire Filmmaker’s Network

Rob Speranza is a film producer from Sheffield. He is one of the most proactive people I have ever come across and he is always looking to give something back by helping new people in this tough industry. Hence, Rob was happy to give me his time and chat about the terrain. I first came […]

Chicken – the brilliance of this British debut

Director: Joe Stephenson Title: Chicken Production: B Good Picture Company Ltd. This film was screened in the official selection at Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015. Fiona is the chicken. She belongs to Richard (Scott Chambers) who lives in a caravan with his distressed elder brother Polly (Morgan Watkins). There is also a privileged girl who […]