Issue 11 | August 2007


Together we Stand

By Jack Newsinger

Formed in 1969, The Amber Film Collective's body of work is an internationally recognised and unique representation of working class culture in the North East that probes the boundaries between documentary and fiction. The first and sole survivors of the Film Workshop Movement, Amber have always maintained their commitment to experimental documentary practices outside the mainstream, working collectively with specific communities. Jack Newsinger talks to Graeme Rigby about their work, independent filmmaking and the legacy of their founder, Murray Martin (1943-2007).
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Boozing with Bacon: Molly Parkin and John Maybury on Soho Alcoholics

By Robert Chilcott

This conversation took place at the Portobello Film Festival directly after a screening of the documentary Moll (2006), directed by her first ex fiancé Malcolm Hart, and preceded a screening of John Maybury’s Love is the Devil (1998)...

Born and Bred

By Elzemieke de Tiege

Born and Bred depicts the emotional struggle of Santiago (Guillermo Pfenning), a 35 year old Argentinean who feels responsible for a tragedy inflicted on his loved ones. The film boasts a moving performance of Pfenning set against haunting imagery of the enchanting south Argentinean landscape...

Notes on Further Investigation

By John Bradburn

The Brown Bunny - Vincent Gallo's 2003 film about a professional motorbike racers’ journey across the United States - has a much maligned and difficult reputation. Finding fame as “the worst film ever shown at Cannes” (Roger Ebert), though in actual fact Peter Greenaways Tulse Luper Suitcases achieved more...

Rushes Short Film Festival

By Owen Armstrong

Amidst the darker tales of urban woe and gritty realism of films like Isabel Anderton’s Young Offender - an inmate is forced to address his racist beliefs – or Elaine Wickham’s My Mother – a woman is traumatised by the prospect of having to put her ailing mother into a home...

Face up to Croaking it

By Charles Jason Lee

Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1999 film Magnolia constructs a God who offers justice in this world, rather than the next. Given Christ’s remit to establish God’s kingdom now this may not be anti-Christian.

Unknown Pleasures

By Sean Kaye-Smith

Jane Arden remains a unique figure in British post-war culture: there does not seem to be another artist whose career remotely resembles hers, nor anyone subsequently subjected to the same degree of neglect.

Thoughts from a Participant

By Mantavya Marwah

Premiering at the 61st Edinburgh Film Festival, My Imprisoned Heart is the work of 10 teams of filmmakers working in 10 different locations, all from one script. Each team shoots a five-minute episode, with access to a shooting kit and main cast but no additional budget for filming.

Crossing the Line

By Hannah Patterson

Many of our most interesting filmmakers have spent recent years exploring the boundaries of fiction and documentary to find the most effective way to tell a story about an event that’s happened in real life – call them docu-dramas, factual dramas, faction films or fictional recreations of actuality.