Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Rating: ★★★★★ Despite not being a parent myself, I am very aware that new mothers and fathers struggle to balance childcare and work. There’s still an obscene amount of societal pressure on people to do parenting ‘right’, whatever that means. Some believe it’s important to keep working, whilst others think mothers should spend as much time as possible with young ones, even if that means … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “Perfectly Natural”

Dark comedy at its finest: My thoughts on “Dead In A Week (or your money back)”

This review discusses dark topics such as death and suicide. Reader discretion advised.   Rating: ★★★★ Getting comedy right is difficult enough, let alone trying to do it with sensitive topics. But Dead In A Week (or your money back) hits the nail on the head. After several failed suicide attempts, William (Aneurin Barnard) signs a contract with veteran assassin Leslie (Tom Wilkinson), who promises he’ll … Continue reading Dark comedy at its finest: My thoughts on “Dead In A Week (or your money back)”

Short Film Saturdays: “The Interview”

Rating: ★★★★ Short Film Saturdays is back! This week, I’m taking a look at dark comedy The Interview. Running at 7 minutes, this short is minimalistic in both setting and casting, but still managed to keep me hooked throughout. The film follows Robert (Scott Michael Wagstaff), a down on his luck guy, as he interviews for a new role. He’s awkward, desperate and looking for a way … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “The Interview”

A critique of toxic workplace culture: my thoughts on “Broken Ceiling”

Rating: ★★★★ We’ve all had to endure conference calls at work, and we all know how boring they can be. When I realised that Broken Ceiling takes place almost entirely within a conference call, I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to keep my attention for a full hour and a half. However, I’m pleased to say I was wrong! Broken Ceiling is Adam Davis’ first … Continue reading A critique of toxic workplace culture: my thoughts on “Broken Ceiling”

Short Film Saturdays: “The First Date”

Rating:  ★★★★ 1/2 Running at only 5 minutes, The First Date isn’t wasting any time and I was curious to see how the story would play out. The film follows an unnamed man as he arrives at a restaurant, waiting to meet a woman for a first date. At first he thinks she’s stood him up, but it’s soon revealed something much more sinister is afoot. Director Adam … Continue reading Short Film Saturdays: “The First Date”

“Anchor and Hope”: A heart-wrenching portrait of parenthood & sexuality

Rating: ★★★ Deciding to have a baby is a big step in many couples’ lives, but sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan. Carlos Marques-Marcet’s Anchor and Hope follows two lesbian women who, one drunken night, decide to use their friend’s sperm in order to have a child of their own. It’s not a decision that should be taken lightly, but makes for an interesting story nonetheless. Insemination is … Continue reading “Anchor and Hope”: A heart-wrenching portrait of parenthood & sexuality

“Ekaj”: A gritty, raw portrait of a teenage runaway

Rating: ★★★ 1/2   When I was first introduced to Ekaj, I genuinely thought it was a documentary. The realisation that it was in fact a work of fiction took me by surprise, and this is a testament to the directing style of Cati Gonzalez. She has gone to great lengths to make this film feel as real as possible. None of the actors in the film … Continue reading “Ekaj”: A gritty, raw portrait of a teenage runaway

Lucy Goes To Film Screenings: My thoughts on “The Escort”

Rating: ★★★★ This month, I had the opportunity to attend the UK premiere of Bizhan Tong’s The Escort. I had a great evening in the Karma Sanctum Hotel’s screening room, amongst fellow critics, fans and the cast and crew. It was an intimate screening which made the whole experience even better. A huge thank you for inviting me to this screening, it was a pleasure to be … Continue reading Lucy Goes To Film Screenings: My thoughts on “The Escort”