Articles about Films

Unearthing the horrific

Marta Owczarek hails Jolynn Minnaar's documentary on the impact of shale gas fracking on local communities despite the film's stylistic shortcomings

Marta Owczarek // 27 October 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Girlhoods, Margaritas and Björk: watching women at the London Film Festival

With a record-breaking number of female directors represented at this year's festival, Sophie Mayer offers a feministly subjective 'What to see' guide

Sophie Mayer // 10 October 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Boyhood’s girlhood

Reviewing Richard Linklater's unique study of growing up, Sophie Mayer applauds the girlhoods that frame Mason's boyhood

Sophie Mayer // 22 September 2014

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Backstage of life: Japan’s love hotels

CN Lester praises Love Hotel, a documentary by Phil Cox and Hikaru Toda that beautifully explores the Japanese phenomenon without exploiting its protagonists

CN Lester // 15 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Photographs saved from oblivion

Keeping her reservations, Hayley Ellis Jones is thankful to John Maloof for finding and publicising the body of work of a secretive Chicago nanny

Hayley Ellis Jones // 7 September 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

A choice not that obvious

Sophie Mayer hails Gillian Robespierre's Obvious Child for depicting abortion as a reasonable choice for those who have it

Sophie Mayer // 29 August 2014

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Horror in paradise

Sophie Mayer looks at Lucia Puenzo's Wakolda, film narrating the Patagonian epilogue to extremely dark period in European history

Sophie Mayer // 7 August 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014: a secret thread of feminist elders revealed

Sophie Mayer recommends documentaries to watch out for, hand-picked from this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest line-up

Sophie Mayer // 22 July 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Sexiness only skin deep

Under the Skin's alien hero/ine makes Liz Barker-Woods rethink how we make sense of our identities and the world around us

Liz Barker-Woods // 17 June 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Birth and ownership: Forest of the Dancing Spirits

Chrissy D is touched by a documentary about tightly knit community of women in the Congolese rainforest challenged by the encroachment of civilisation

Chrissy // 11 June 2014

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The Punk Singer: How to Be a Rebel Girl

Inspired by Sini Anderson's documentary about the original riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna, Sophie Mayer lays out six riotous rules

Sophie Mayer // 13 May 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Inconspicuous presence behind the camera

Hayley Ellis Jones is charmed by a film portrait of Jane Bown, great photographer of even greater modesty

Hayley Ellis Jones // 23 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Under half of a yellow sun

Katherine Wootton admires superb performances in the screen adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Orange Prize winning novel but feels the film doesn't quite convey the story's emotional impact and nuances

Katherine Wootton // 9 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

Birds Eye View documentaries: from Algeria to Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer reports from press screenings of two BEV documentaries - Narimane Mari's Bloody Beans and Anna Eborn's Pine Ridge

Sophie Mayer // 5 April 2014

Categories: Films, Reviews

All the naked women of Wall Street

Lizzie Ferguson shifts uncomfortably in her seat, drowned by the ocean of naked women spilling from the screen

Lizzie Ferguson // 16 March 2014

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It’s not about her

Try as she might, Lily Kendall does not detect the spirit of relationship in Spike Jonze's recent cyber romance

Lily Kendall // 10 March 2014

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One small step for woman

Among excellent shots of the Earth from orbit, Katie Masters enjoys Sandra Bullock's grave first time in space

Katie Masters // 10 January 2014

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Building castles in the sand

Marta Owczarek reviews Sandcastle by Shomshuklla and talks to the director about her film debut

Marta Owczarek // 3 December 2013

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Learning from sisters

Holly Millar pays homage to Brenda Davis' film Sister, a penetrating examination of maternal mortality in Cambodia, Haiti and Ethiopia

Holly Millar // 25 October 2013

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Some remain invisible

Despite serious reservations about its lack of diversity, CN Lester finds a lot to love in 'Les Invisibles', Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary about the older generation of French lesbians and gay men

CN Lester // 17 October 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

Thinking is a lonely business

Ania Ostrowska is taken with Barbara Sukowa's audacious portrayal of Hannah Arendt in a recent biopic by Margarethe von Trotta

Ania Ostrowska // 7 October 2013

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Plastic surgeons and fortune tellers

L W Yates hails a nuanced sketch of a young Iranian woman masterfully constructed in Mania Akbari's One. Two. One

L W Yates // 29 September 2013

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Back in her own back yard

In her documentary about Tamil woman poet Salma, Kim Longinotto gives us a story of emancipation with an unexpected ending, says Sophie Mayer

Sophie Mayer // 26 September 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

The revolutionary with a bike

Huma Munshi reviews Wadjda and talks to Haifaa al-Mansour, the first Saudi woman director

Huma Munshi // 16 July 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

Some ado about Whedon’s Much Ado

A self-professed Shakespeare snob Katherine Wootton gives Joss Whedon all the kudos he deserves for his new screen adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing

Katherine Wootton // 4 July 2013

Categories: Films, Reviews

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