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Somerset House Summer Series: MGMT

Somerset House Summer Series: MGMT

MGMT Somerset House Summer Series July 9th, 2018 by Jenna Johnston MGMT’s sold-out concert at Somerset House was a surreal and bold evening that began with their warm-up act Cola Boyy. I hadn’t heard of this act before and, while one Reddit thread would have you believe he’s an invention of MGMT (!), his sweet […]

Somerset House Summer Series: David Rodigan and The Outlook Orchestra

David Rodigan and The Outlook Orchestra

David Rodigan and The Outlook Orchestra Somerset House Summer Series July 8th, 2018 by Jenna Johnston ‘Tonight, we will take a journey back to the roots and origins of reggae’, announced David Rodigan at the opening of his night with The Outlook Orchestra at Somerset House; and it was a spectacular trip through the archives […]

Somerset House Summer Series: Don Letts presents Bass Forward

Don Letts presents Bass Forward

Don Letts presents Bass Forward Somerset House Summer Series July 7th, 2018 by Jenna Johnston The first weekend of this year’s Somerset House Summer Series hosted Don Letts present Bass Forward, his specially curated tribute to bass culture in British music, with live and DJ sets from Jazzie B, Congo Natty, Wiley, Norman Jay and, […]

Knights of the Rose

Knights of the Rose

Knights of the Rose The Arts Theatre, London 29th June – 26th August 2018 by Jenna Johnston Knights of the Rose opened at The Arts Theatre in London this week and the adventure had begun before I’d arrived at the theatre. As well as the legion of posters I’d seen on tubes and across London […]

The First Purge

The First Purge

The First Purge Directed by Gerard McMurray Starring Luna Lauren Velez, Chyna Layne, Melonie Diaz, Y’lan Noel, Patch Darragh, Mo McRae and Marisa Tomei In UK Cinemas July 4th, 2018 by Gemsy We are invited to witness the birth of a (currently) fictional American tradition as stress relief taken a step too far for the […]

You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here

You Were Never Really Here Directed by Lynne Ramsay Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Ekaterina Samsonov Available on Digital Download, DVD, Blu-ray & VOD from July 2nd, 2018 by Joanna Orland Director Lynne Ramsay forges her own take on the crime genre with the highly stylized You Were Never Really Here. The acclaimed film which premiered […]

Sundance London 2018

Sundance London 2018

Sundance Film Festival London Picturehouse Central May 31st – June 3rd, 2018 by Joanna Orland The Sundance Film Festival once again brought highlights from its Utah lineup to London. Sundance London 2018 presented twelve feature films including London’s Audience Favourite award winner Eighth Grade, directed by Bo Burnham. Other highlights included Debra Granik’s Leave No […]

Sundance London: An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn Directed by Jim Hosking Starring Aubrey Plaza, Jemaine Clement, Emile Hirsch, Maria Bamford, Craig Robinson and Matt Berry by Joanna Orland It’s no secret that I despise director Jim Hosking’s first feature The Greasy Strangler. A juvenile grossout I find to be irredeemable, it became a cult hit, and […]

Sundance London: First Reformed

First Reformed

First Reformed Directed by Paul Schrader Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric Kyles by Joanna Orland A demanding film to say the least, days after watching First Reformed, I am still unsure of how I feel about it. While I certainly didn’t outright enjoy watching it, or particularly like it, I immensely respect many […]

Sundance London: The Tale

The Tale

The Tale Directed by Jennifer Fox Starring Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Frances Conroy and Common by Joanna Orland An immensely personal story for Jennifer Fox, The Tale depicts the director’s abuse as a child, her relationship with the memory of it, and the complex path to dealing with the […]