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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 […]

Sundance London: Hereditary Red Carpet

Sundance London: Hereditary, Toni Collette

Hereditary Directed by Ari Aster Starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Mallory Bechtel by Joanna Orland Actress Toni Collette joined director Ari Aster at the Sundance Film Festival London screening of their film Hereditary. Touted as the scariest film since The Exorcist, Hereditary follows the Graham family as they […]

Sundance London: First Reformed Red Carpet

Sundance London: First Reformed, Ethan Hawke

First Reformed Directed by Paul Schrader Starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric Kyles by Joanna Orland Ethan Hawke was in London on Friday to promote his latest film First Reformed. Directed by Paul Schrader, First Reformed is a complex existential thriller which follows a priest, played by Hawke, who undergoes a crisis of faith […]

Sundance London: Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace Directed by Debra Granik Starring Ben Foster, Dale Dickey, Isaiah Stone, Thomasin McKenzie and Ayanna Berkshire by Joanna Orland Will (Foster) and his daughter Tom (McKenzie) seem to live an idyllic life off the grid, in a scenic nature reserve near Portland, Oregon. They are not on the run, but merely longing […]