London Film Festival 2019: Rare Beasts

Rating: ★★ Directorial debuts are tough, and it gives people a chance to establish their personal style. Sadly for me, Billie Piper’s first film had a style that didn’t sit well with me at all. She was heavily involved in the project; directing, writing and starring in it, but her unique first film is perhaps a bit too quirky. Rare Beasts follows Mandy, a career-driven … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Rare Beasts

London Film Festival 2019: Lynn + Lucy

Rating: ★★★★ The titular characters in Lynn + Lucy are lifelong best friends, and even live opposite each other on the same street. But the film explores tragic circumstances where a bond this strong can swiftly be broken. Lynn (Roxanne Scrimshaw) is a married stay-at-home mum turned hairdressing assistant, who is delighted when her best friend Lucy (Nichola Burley) gives birth to her first child. … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Lynn + Lucy

London Film Festival 2019: Jojo Rabbit

Rating: ★★★★★ The premise of Jojo Rabbit is a bold one, and something that could have very easily been executed terribly on-screen. Whilst you might feel some apprehension about the concept of a 10-year-old boy who has Hitler as an imaginary friend, Taika Waititi has turned it into something brilliant and poignant. As mentioned above, the film follows Johannes ‘Jojo’ Betzler, who lives in Nazi … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Jojo Rabbit

Introducing: Mental Health Mondays

Earlier today I wrote a tweet introducing you to my new column, but I thought it was right to do a full blog post so you can understand exactly where I’m going with this. There’s only so much you can say on Twitter! What is Mental Health Mondays? For a while, I’ve been thinking of a way to open up a conversation and allow other … Continue reading Introducing: Mental Health Mondays

LGTH Podcast Episode 7: Mental Health and Films (w/ Mal Jutley)

The podcast is back! Thanks again so much for your patience, I know it was a fairly long break but I’m excited to be clogging the airwaves with my northern accent once again. Hooray! This time, it was a pleasure to speak to Mal about Mental Health and Films. Beyond this, we discussed his days working at Blockbuster, why he hates Titanic, and the fresh … Continue reading LGTH Podcast Episode 7: Mental Health and Films (w/ Mal Jutley)

Short Film Saturdays: “Ludgate Hill”

Rating: ★★★★ Ludgate Hill is a 9 minute short film from Auteurs’ Forum and Ernest Productions. It was written, directed and edited by Tom Francis Kerby, who has frankly done a fantastic job of all three. The film follows Charlie (Max Cross), an introverted young boy who is struggling to understand why his sister Shae (Francesca Zagajewska) has unexpectedly left the family home. We know … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Ludgate Hill”

Life update: Where I’ve been, how I’m doing, and when I’m coming back

This blog post is going to be very difficult to my usual stuff. Beyond opening up about mental health in the context of cinema, I’ve never really written too much personal stuff on here as I try to keep parts of my life separate. But since my last proper update wasn’t since early July, it seemed fair that I give you a quick update on … Continue reading Life update: Where I’ve been, how I’m doing, and when I’m coming back