British Silents 2013


On the 20th April, British Silents and BFI presented an all day programme of London-related film at London’s Cinema Museum. Keith Braithwaite describes the experience.

‘Sometimes there’s a man…’: Film Noir and its variations


“They make phone calls without saying hello or goodbye and in-between speak only in imperatives, replying in monosyllables.” Martin McGuigan looks at the wild world of Noir.

Happy Centenary, Phoenix Oxford!


There aren’t many cinemas left in this country that are over 100 years old. Happy centenary to the pioneer of the Picturehouse group: the Phoenix in Oxford!

The Invisible Man


When a scientist starts to experiment with a drug which makes him invisible, little does he know the trouble it will unleash. But the star turn in THE INVISIBLE MAN is hysterical landlady Una O’Connor, writes Eve Stebbing.

So you want to make documentaries?


The documentary panel at Watersprite explained how the opportunities that documentary filmmaking offers can lead to a filmmaker changing the world.

Animated Exeter Round-Up

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Jonathan Toomey experiences the extraordinary diversity of this leading UK animation festival.

The 2nd Jozi Film Festival

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Despite the fact that Johannesburg is thriving with various film activities, schools, clubs, studios and many cinema complexes, it was only in February 2012 that the first Jozi Film Festival was inaugurated.

Which Hitch is which?


HITCHCOCK and THE GIRL use cinema to simultaneously observe and attack Hitch whilst airing the dirty laundry of a man who can no longer answer back, writes Ed Frost.

TAKE ONE Awards 2012

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TAKE ONE writers have voted on Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short and Best Festival for 2012 as well as some one-off awards from individual writers. Cover image by Harry Hunt.

Leaving Baghdad


Koutaiba Al-Janabi’s LEAVING BAGHDAD is an intimate, unpolished road movie in which we accompany a gentle immigrant on his journey from Iraq to London. The Independent Film Trust and the Cambridge Film and Media Academy are organising a free screening at Magdalene College in March.

Future Shorts: Autumn Season 2012


With the gathering momentum of Future Shorts, the world’s biggest global pop-up film festival, Spring 2013 is certainly going to be worth seeing, writes Edd Elliott.

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?


Guest writer Simon Baron-Cohen, who introduced the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse screening of WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?, looks at the film’s portrayal of autism.

Takeover: Network


As Roger Ebert said, watched today this film reads like prophecy. NETWORK is the latest in our TAKEOVER series.

The Lights And Then The Noise


Liam Jack reports back from the London Short Film Festival, where he spoke to filmmakers Fran Broadhurst and Mathy Tremewan about guerrilla filmmaking, the power of music and alien abduction.

Takeover: Back To The Future Pt. II


Corporate takeovers – love ‘em or hate ‘em, when a pesky bully from the future is involved, you ain’t got nothing coming.