Happy Birthday India.

In 1913 Indian audiences witnessed the birth of the country’s first feature length film, Raj Harishchandra. 100 years on, Bradford International Film Festival plans to celebrating the Birthday of Indian Cinema in style. To coincide with the National Media Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Bollywood Icons: 100 Years of Indian Cinema, the festival is putting on a specially selected programme of … Continue reading

The Return of the Brothers.

I am counting down the weeks until Bradford International Film Festival returns to the National Media Museum. Last year I attended several events at the festival and formed some wonderful memories and had some very insightful experiences. I watched Mark Kermode interviewing the sensational Ray Winstone about his career and reflections upon it. Winstone proved … Continue reading

Amour.

There is always a high expectation of a new Michael Haneke film. His recent success with films such as The White Ribbon and Hidden (Caché) have established his importance within contemporary European cinema. What I admire the most about Haneke is his ability to merge beauty and horror so seamlessly. His films, despite their occasionally overbearing messages, rely on the … Continue reading

Documentary? Look again…

I have finally got round to watching The Arbor, Clio Barnard’s depiction of the life of playwright Andrea Dunbar and, more importantly, the life she left behind, following her sudden death in her twenties. What I assumed to be a gritty and emotional documentary turned out to be the most extraordinarily refreshing piece of cinema … Continue reading