Issue 28 | November 2009


There Are no Lions in the Scottish Highlands

By John Riley

Johan Gimonprez’s Double Take is a post-modernist mash-up-CGI-mockumentary-philosophical-essay/gag-reel (that started life in 2005 (very differently) as the installation Looking for Alfred). But if that description hints at its porous structural borders, it takes an equally liberal view when it comes to revealing its subject matter.
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Love You to Death

By Rosy Rockets

Leave her to Heaven (1945) is a Sirkian treatment on psychotic jealousy, the eye of the storm being a pin-up whose tragic life story showed that in retrospect she had been psychically well-equipped to portray the central character.

Impossible Cinema

By Robert Barry

The new film by documentarist and film archivist, Serge Bromberg, entitled Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno inhabits a peculiar genre: not quite a remake, not quite a documentary charting the making-of some classic work, rather it details, and to some extent reconstructs, another, absent, film which was never completed...

God Exists in Cinema, and Nowhere Else

By John Bradburn

Bruno Dumont is one of only two filmmakers to be awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes twice. The other is Andrei Tarkovsky. Dumont's attention in cinema is influenced by his background in Greek and Western Philosophy.

Like an Anaconda, Blowing in the Wind

By Mark Stafford

Fifteen years after his death at the unfair age of 32, Bill Hicks reputation has grown and mutated in strange ways. He now hovers like some kind of profane saint over the worlds of stand up comedy and alternative culture, a potty-mouthed-truth-spouting-preacher, riffing on politics, war, culture and conspiracy...

An Organisation of Dreams

By Ken McMullen

After the London Film Festival screening of his latest film, a Godardian deconstruction of his own working practice punctuated by fragments of another unfinished film and ghostly references to his previous texts, Ken McMullen discusses with the audience the organic nature of his process...

Conte de Fesses to Conte de Fées

By James Norton

Catherine Breillat’s Bluebeard, a faithful rendering of the classic fairy tale by Charles Perrault, framed by the autobiographically symbolic device of a young girl, Catherine – also the name of the heroine – reading the story to her older sister in a 1950s attic, is apparently a departure from the sexually explicit provocations...

Think, Shoot, Distribute

By Peter Fraser

Think, Shoot, Distribute (TSD) is into its fourth year at the London Film Festival, aspiring to offer training to the brightest and the best of new filmmaking talent. Tuition comes from seasoned industry professionals at the ‘top of their game’ in the words of Alan Harris...

Do Fish Have Dreams?

By Almendra Maria Mcbride Perez

Encroaching evil from primeval times, slithering in the dark, a crushed reptile lies amidst its spilled guts, next to the ‘Guardians of the Flame’, a foot sometimes in light, but also in the shadows. Cops ‘in the know’, who cross the line and turn into ‘cheap freaks’, yet by ‘hanging out’ amongst the gangs, helping to enforce the law.