Film Review: ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

★★★☆☆ “In a blink my virginity disappeared just like my mother.” Delivered with raw teenage cynicism by rising star Shailene Woodley’s Kat, this line of voiceover perfectly encapsulates the primary dynamics of Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard (2014). An adaptation of Laura Kasischke’s novel of the same name, Continue Reading

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Film Review: ‘Hyena’

★★★☆☆ Opening films at festivals are often easygoing curtain-raisers that provide a bit of glamour before guests scatter into all manner of inevitable industry after-parties. But guests at last year’s 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival stumbled out of a violent, cerebral, police noir. It was a brave choice, that never Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘Difret’

★★★☆☆ Zeresenay Mehari’s directorial debut Difret (2014) is a captivating story about a revolutionary period of feminism in Ethiopia as the battle between traditional sacraments and modern ideologies climax over a murder trial and a young girl’s right to self defence and freedom to choose. Based on a true story, Continue Reading

Film Review: Bafta Shorts 2015

★★★★☆ The collection of short films that comprised the nominees pool for the Baftas this year are nothing short of astounding. Each film is quiet yet powerful, situating their characters tenderly into the eye of many an emotional hurricane. Ranging in medium and tone, these shorts seemingly stand on their Continue Reading