Films

From Manus to London: how two strangers made a landmark movie together

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This weekend, audiences at the London Film Festival will watch a film about the men detained on Manus Island Behind this film lies a tale about a friendship and a creative partnership, formed across oceans, between two people who are yet to… Arnold Zable The Sydney Morning Herald In mid-2016, Netherlands-based Iranian filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani planned to make a film about children and their feelings for  the sea. At the same time, he began hearing of the immigration detention centres on ... Read More »

Watch The Exhilarating Full Trailer For A Hand-Painted Film About Van Gogh

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Get a glimpse of the gorgeous upcoming biopic exploring Vincent van Gogh’s mysterious death. Priscilla Frank HuffPost What went on in the blazing imagination of iconic post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh? A biopic seven years in the making attempts to offer a glimpse into the revolutionary artist’s beautiful mind using the medium he preferred: paint. Painter Dorota Kobiela and filmmaker Hugh Welchman are the guiding forces behind “Loving Vincent,” which is reportedly the first entirely hand-painted feature film ever made. ... Read More »

‘Dunkirk’ and the West’s myopia about World War II

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“Dunkirk,” the taut blockbuster by British-born filmmaker Christopher Nolan, is one of the runaway successes of the summer, grossing more than $300 million worldwide since its July 21 release. Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post It depicts the harrowing May 1940 evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force, which had been trapped by the rampant Nazi military at the French port of Dunkerque.In their hour of desperate need, more than 300,000 British soldiers were rescued with the aid of a motley civilian flotilla of fishing ... Read More »

Dunkirk, the War and the Amnesia of the Empire

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OXFORD, England — Two and a half million soldiers drawn from Britain’s empire in South Asia fought in World War II. YASMIN KHAN The New York Times But they are missing from many British commemorations and accounts of the war — an absence reinforced by Christopher Nolan’s new film “Dunkirk,” which does not feature any of the Indian soldiers who were present at the battle. The Indian soldiers at Dunkirk were mainly Muslims from areas of British India that later ... Read More »

Five reasons why Game of Thrones satisfies our needs (apart from all the sex and violence)

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Game of Thrones has become something of a TV event over the past six years – the last season attracted more than 5m viewers per… Tom van Laer  The Conversation On the face of it, the attractions are obvious: large helpings of sex and violence, bolstered by a serpentine storyline said to be inspired by the War of the Roses, one of the bloodiest periods of English… Yet, I think the series meets deeper, more fundamental human needs than just ... Read More »

Video: 150 years of Canadian foreign policy

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On July 1, Canada celebrates 150 years of nationhood — marking the uniting of three British colonies (Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick). How has Canada’s foreign policy changed over… OpenCanada With the anniversary in mind, this OpenCanada video, written by journalist Michael Petrou and animated by Emmy Award-winning art director Santosh Isaac, explores the challenges and… From Canada’s outsized contributions during… Video: 150 years… Read More »

Cary Grant: how 100 acid trips in Tinseltown ‘changed my life’

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At the height of his fame, Cary Grant turned to LSD therapy for help. He later claimed the drug saved him, but did it also spell the end of his career? Xan Brooks The Guardian In the late 1950s, at the height of his fame, Cary Grant set off on a trip in search of his true self, unpicking the myth he had spent three decades perfecting. He tried hypnosis and yoga and felt that they both came up short. ... Read More »

Love triangle trivializes more important theme in “The Promise”

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The Armenian Genocide is a curiously unexplored moment in our modern history, cinematically speaking. By Lindsey Bahr The Associated Press The Berkshire Eagle That fact alone makes director and co-writer Terry George’s “The Promise ” intriguing enough. Historical fiction generally has it over documentaries in inspiring mass interest, especially when actors as appealing as Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and… Love triangle trivializes… Read More »

Fatima Bhutto on Indian partition film Viceroy’s House: ‘I watched this servile pantomime and wept’

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Gurinder Chadha’s film is a glossy imperial version of India’s traumatic partition that scandalously misrepresents the historical reality Fatima Bhutto The Guardian Gurinder Chadha’s Raj film Viceroy’s House begins with an ominous warning: “History is written by the victors.” It sure is. The empire and its… Fatima Bhutto on… Read More »

Where is Britain’s version of Roots? David Olusoga

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The series that shook America in the 1970s has just been remade. David Olusoga The Guardian The tale of the British empire’s slave history should be told too For more than… Where is Britain’s… Read More »

Beauty and the Beast doesn’t hold a candle to the original

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The new live-action Beauty and the Beast can’t hold a candle to the 1991 animated original, writes Nicholas… Nicholas Barber BBC Disney has recently been remaking its hits with the industrial efficiency of a car manufacturing plant, but most of these updates have had their own… Maleficent turned the… Read More »

‘Cinema is gone’: According to Martin Scorsese, ‘younger people’ just don’t understand

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Martin Scorsese’s Manhattan office, in a midtown building a few blocks northwest of the cordoned-off Trump Tower, may be the most concentrated bastion of reverence for cinema on the face of the Earth. Jake Coyle, The Associated Press National Post There’s a small screening room where Scorsese screens early cuts of his films and classic movies for his daughter and his friends. There’s his personal… ‘Cinema is gone… Read More »

The patriarchy, actually. What our favourite Christmas films mean in 2016

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From the housing crisis of It’s a Wonderful Life to the white, male hegemony of Love Actually, festive classics now seem more relevant than ever The Guardian Toby Moses Love Actually A film with myriad problems – not least its… The patriarchy, actually. What our… Read More »

Oliver Stone: ‘We owe Edward Snowden a huge debt. He’s a hero for our time’

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The reliably controversial American auteur spent 18 months talking to the CIA whistle-blower for his new film The Irish Times Tara Brady Oliver Stone Exclusive Interview You don’t need to keep rewinding – and the use of the iconic phrase “back and to the left” is entirely optional – to uncover a… Oliver Stone: ‘We… Read More »

A man walks into a bar — not just any old bar

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Co-creator of the infamous Star Wars ‘Cantina’ reminisces at Tokyo Comic Con about making the first movie 40 years ago Asia Times By Liu Hsiu Wen and Kenta Kato The Chalmun’s Cantina in Mos Eisley has to be one of the… A man walks… Read More »

The “outrageous” 40-year-old film that predicted the future

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Forty years ago this month Network was released to widespread acclaim. BBC News Nicholas Barber But its shocking satire turned out to be eerily prescient, writes Nicholas Barber. When Network was released in… The “outrageous” 40-year-old film… Read More »