Panamerican Machinery

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films Panamerican Machinery, the Mexican black comedy, tells a bittersweet tale of life in Mexico City. Its tone, style and narrative are both reminiscent of the familiar, yet new and alien. The film opens with a gorgeous sequence of a banal daily routine in the Mexico City factory, with workers…

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An Interview: Stephan Littger

Editors Clare Clarke and James Baxter-Derrington were lucky enough to meet and interview Stephan Littger, director of Her Composition, who gave plenty of time out of his busy schedule to speak to them. We will tell you now that the interview was a long one, but in the best possible way. We tried to edit it,…

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Gozo

Nominated for: Best UK Feature Gozo is a vivid, Technicolor dream in which a young couple, who are madly in love, run away to the eponymous Maltese island. Soon, however, it becomes clear that they are running from a sordid past in which Joe’s (Joseph Kennedy) scorned ex-lover killed herself after finding the two of…

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For Grace

Nominated for: Best UK Feature This mockumentary debut feature from Sebastian Armesto dips into areas of pathos and humour to create an original film that steers clear of the usual format of the genre. After a fairly shaky start of awkward laughs that don’t quite hit the mark, the exploits of the protagonist, Ben, do…

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Her Composition

Nominated for: Best Feature Debut Her Composition is a surprisingly positive, while brutally honest, depiction of womanhood and the escort industry. Using various creative mediums, the story follows the breakdown of composition student Malorie’s (Joslyn Jensen) regimented life, who is left without a job, boyfriend, or her original composition after the first ‘movement’. The further…

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An Interview: Jo Ruxton

Following the initial screening of ‘A Plastic Beach’ at Raindance Film Festival, producer Jo Ruxton kindly spoke to Elliot Burr and James Baxter-Derrington about the making of an exciting and ambitious project, and the legacy which she hopes will follow the film’s release. As co-founder of the Plastic Oceans Foundation, can you give us some…

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Hotel Dallas

Nominated for: In Competition Feature Films I feel it’s necessary to preface this review with the fact that I have never seen an episode of Dallas, nor know anything of the show past ‘Who shot J.R.?’ and the whole ‘it was all a dream’ debacle. Frankly, one doesn’t even need to know this much to…

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The Film in My Mind – Women Filmmakers

The number of women working in the film industry is a disheartening issue, with just 13% of UK film directors being women, and less than 2% being women from BAME backgrounds. So, a panel consisting of strong women who are thriving in this highly competitive field is not only a step forward, but also a…

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A Plastic Ocean

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature With a plethora of concerning wildlife documentaries out there, going into the screening of A Plastic Ocean I certainly had reservations. However, thank goodness my assumptions were completely shattered by this cinematic, globe-sweeping insight into the impact that humanity’s production and disposal of plastic has on the corruption of the…

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Raindance Day One

The first full day of the Raindance Film Festival saw us shipping out writers at quite a pace, one that is only set to increase, but they each came back with quite the film to discuss. Nothing lower than 4/5 today, so certainly worth a read. From the documentary A Plastic Ocean, to the In Feature nominated Hotel…

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