In the early 1980s, a young woman from a wealthy background enrols in a prestigious film school in London. Julie (Honor Swinton-Byrne), from a incredibly privileged background, is struggling with her ambition to make a film about an impoverished family in Thatcher's Britain, but finds her cosy life upended when she enters a romantic relationship... Continue Reading →
Despite the immaculate dress sense, wild salt-and-pepper hair and a certain similarity in their choice of subject matter, Antonio Banderas isn't portraying movie director Pedro Almodovar here. But as Salvador Mallo, beloved director of Spanish cinema, you'd be forgiven for making the mistake.
Cumulatively, it's a masterclass in film form and philosophy: students hoping to understand Varda's theory of cinecriture, or cine-writing, could do worse than to begin here.
When your regular plans have been rained off, it's a joy to spend a day in a darkened room being transported to another world - indifferent to the dreariness of the world outside. With that in mind, enjoy these specially selected films to lift those February blues.
To see you through this bleak midwinter, here's my selection of cinematic treasures for your viewing pleasure - each one the equivalent of sitting by a warm fire with a cup of hot cocoa - which can be found across London's independent cinemas this January. * Rembrandt (BFI Southbank, Tuesday 22nd January @ 8:30 PM)... Continue Reading →