Mental Health Mondays: Jonnie Barrow

In this week’s instalment, Jonnie Barrow speaks to us about the devastating loss of his mum when he was just 20 years old. He gives plenty of great examples of films that examine grief, and I’m sure it’ll be an essay that will resonate with many of you. Thank you Jonnie for opening up about your experiences. You can follow Jonnie on Twitter. TRIGGER WARNING(S): … Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Jonnie Barrow

London Film Festival 2019: Knives Out

Rating: ★★★★★ Due to its ensemble cast, gorgeous aesthetics and whodunit storyline, it’s safe to say that I had high expectations for Knives Out. I’m pleased to report that it surpassed each and every one of them. Rian Johnson’s tale of mystery follows the death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), which took place after his 85th birthday. Presumed to be a murder, … Continue reading London Film Festival 2019: Knives Out

Collabs: For Your Reconsideration Episode 22: Saw II

It’s Spooky Season, so it was only appropriate that I wax lyrical on at least one horror film! Thankfully the good folks at For Your Reconsideration were happy to have me on to discuss Saw II, and I was honoured to be their first ever guest. Sure, it’s never going to be as good as the original Saw, but I attempt to argue that it’s … Continue reading Collabs: For Your Reconsideration Episode 22: Saw II

Mental Health Mondays: Jaime Burchardt

I’m so happy to be kicking off Mental Health Mondays with a personal essay from someone I really admire. Jaime is a filmmaker and founder of the brilliant Share A Scare campaign, which gives back to some charities. Thank you to Jaime for feeling able to open up and share his relationship with his self-described ‘cinema warrior’. None of this has been edited by me, … Continue reading Mental Health Mondays: Jaime Burchardt

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