Festivals
Live Review: Obonjan

Live Review: Obonjan

It is something of a struggle to try and sum up an event like Obonjan. There was the initial ‘hiccup’ with the opening-that-never-was and a barrage of angry punters making their feelings known on Twitter. Then there came the first few reviews, most of which were overwhelmingly positive, to the point where it had the...
Live Review: Truck Festival

Live Review: Truck Festival

Not to be mistaken for an event dedicated to all things with a cab and four wheels, Truck Festival is a small unassuming music event in Oxfordshire with the energy and heart to rival many of its larger alternatives. The annual festival, now in its 19th year, holds host to just 10,000 attendees. This year,...
Live Review: Blossoms

Live Review: Blossoms

Playing to a crowd of hungover, sun stricken festival goers on the last of three days in 32-degree heat is no mean feat. However, one band managed to revive said lethargic crowd at last weekend’s Truck Festival, and that band has a name – Stockport born Blossoms. Hitting the main stage at 5pm the young...
Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Live Review: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Friday night at Truck Festival was reserved for one thing – Catfish and The Bottlemen smashing it on the main stage, and did they deliver! This year’s Truck Festival at Hill Farm in Oxfordshire had an array of great acts including the likes of Kodaline, Circa Waves and even The Manic Street Preachers, but the...
Live Review: Big Love Festival

Live Review: Big Love Festival

To try and quantify the success of a first time festival like Big Love is always going to be difficult, but speaking for myself; it left me zoned out on the sofa and feeling all emotional on the Monday after it had all ended, which I think is a pretty good measure of a cracking...
Win tickets to Barclaycard's British Summer Time Hyde Park

Win tickets to Barclaycard’s British Summer Time Hyde Park

Set amongst the beautiful lawns and majestic trees of the Royal Hyde Park, this concert series began in 2013, with The Rolling Stones reliving their seminal 1969 live concert in the park. They recreated the electric atmosphere with the help of Bon Jovi, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and more, filling the park for a great...
Sundance 2013: The Kings of Summer

Sundance 2013: The Kings of Summer

Falling in love with a film is no different from falling in love with a person. It can happen in a matter of seconds. All it takes is a hook and a captivating opening scene to board a cinematic journey, knowing you’ll be in safe hands. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ hilarious and poetic feature debut, The Kings...
Nordic Film Festival: Troll Hunter

Nordic Film Festival: Troll Hunter

As well as Oslo, August 31st, the Nordic Film Festival 2012 featured Troll Hunter, which I saw one late Saturday night at Leicester Square’s Prince Charles Theatre. A big fan of ‘monster movies’, I have been waiting a while to see this, never getting the chance until now. Did it live up to expectations? I’m...
Nordic Film Festival: Oslo, August 31st

Nordic Film Festival: Oslo, August 31st

Foreign art cinema often challenges its audiences to view motion pictures from a new perspective, presenting a radical departure away from conventional archetypes of dominant Hollywood cinema. Directors have for years tried to break away from Hollywood’s rules that neatly suture movies together for mass consumption whilst blurring the lines of filmmaking. French critics such...
Underwire Festival: Leading Ladies

Underwire Festival: Leading Ladies

It’s no news that film-making is a male-driven medium in a male-driven world but it’s encouraging to see women slowly but steadily claim a place in the spotlight and most importantly, a stronger voice in the zeitgeist. That’s why events like the Underwire Festival hosted by Picture-house’s Ritzy cinema in Brixton need to exist and...
Underwire Festival 2012: Celebrating Shorts by Women

Underwire Festival 2012: Celebrating Shorts by Women

The Ritzy is a rare gem of a cinema, shining amongst the gritty streets of Brixton and for four days recently it was the location for Underwire festival 2012; the UK’s only short film festival dedicated to the cinematic work of women. The Underwire festival celebrates and supports women working in film and definitely added...
London Korean Film Festival: Gabi

London Korean Film Festival: Gabi

Whether you’re a die-hard Asian film fan or new to Korean Cinema, The London Korean Film Festival offers an excitingly varied bill. Screened as part of the festival, Gabi, a pretty absorbing film about overthrowing a king and the delights of coffee was just one of the nuggets on offer. Based on a novel by...
London Korean Film Festival: Katuri - A Story of a Mother Hen

London Korean Film Festival: Katuri – A Story of a Mother Hen

Whenever I think of animation, especially at the cinema, my mind always rushes straight to Pixar and Disney without much hesitation. We’re so embedded in our western culture that we tend to forget there’s a whole other world out there. Asia is renowned for producing animation, although the most popular contribution mostly comes from Japanese...
London Korean Film Festival: The Thieves

London Korean Film Festival: The Thieves

Foreign film directors often find themselves comprehensively confined to a large number of frontiers that limit their works from reaching a large international market and as such many classic filmic triumphs remain unseen by the masses. Foreign directors often utilise avant-garde cinema verite style of filming methods, non-liner narratives, alongside the language barrier however, as...
BFi London Film Festival: Sleeper's Wake

BFi London Film Festival: Sleeper’s Wake

During this year’s BFI London Film Festival there is plenty of opportunity to view many wonderful movies that will open your eyes to different world views that until now have been private and hidden in the minds of directors, writers and artists. Barry Berk, writer-director extraordinaire, known for making some of the best prime-time drama...
BFI London Film Festival: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

BFI London Film Festival: Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Dark comic diva-melodrama come psychological thrillers don’t get any better than this! Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is a classic for many reasons. Made in 1962 and recently re-mastered, this Warner Bros gem’s has just been shown at The BFI as part of The London Film Festival as a pre-empt for an upcoming run in...
Field Day Festival - It's Almost Here

Field Day Festival – It’s Almost Here

  Field Day is joyously upon us once again. Situated in London’s Victoria Park, its numerous stages hold some of the best alternative music to be heard right now. Since Field Day’s very first festival, five years ago, Victoria Park has been host to the likes of Caribou, Battles, Santigold, Bat For Lashes and Florence...



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