We met with Paul Rowley (director), Nicky Gogan (producer) and Dennis McNulty (sound) to talk about their new film, the Participants, and the Gaze Festival.
Paparazzi footage shows the appalling treatment that Winehouse endured at the height of her fame and the problematic way that the media painted her as a romanticised rock star despite her clearly suffering from addiction. More than that, however, Amy also captures what made Winehouse such an interesting musician, which makes the film all the more heartbreaking.
She’s Funny That Way is a totally passable, all too familiar tale of starlet Isabella (Poots) landing her first acting role in the midst of love triangles, lies and humorous coincidences.
Slow West, which is director John Maclean’s feature film debut, seems intent on showing us the worst of the genre. Everyone and everything is terrible in 1870s America.
Art student Sophia and bull rider Luke are classic star-crossed lovers from two different worlds, lacking only in chemistry, tension and actual character traits.
Les Combattants takes the ‘boy meets girl, boy likes girl, boy follows girl obsessively until she likes him back’ set up that’s been a rom-com staple for far too long and tries to wring something new out of it. In this case it’s that the girl is more interested in joining the army than returning her admirer’s affections.
Though there is no small degree of artistry on display in El Ardor’s presentation, particularly in the use of smoke later in the picture to elicit the same claustrophobia of the earlier jungle scenes, thematically and narratively speaking, this is far from an exercise in nuance.
Set against the bleak industry-scape of a mining region in northern China, Black Coal, Thin Ice follows ex-cop Zhang Zili’s relentless pursuit of his final unsolved case, mainly (it seems) because he has nothing better to do.
Queen and Country often feels like killing time, as Boorman attempts to capture both the broadly comic and deeply serious aspects of military service