Iona.

Scott Graham’s Iona references both the film’s setting and its central character. Iona and her teenage son wash up on the shores of Iona, running from a violent past in Glasgow. It’s instantly apparent that Iona is returning rather than arriving. For Iona, the island is a place filled with happy memories but also a … Continue reading

Anomalisa.

Within the beige walls of a mediocre hotel, Michael Stone chats awkwardly to his wife on the phone, orders room service and makes painful small-talk with employees. From the first moments we meet Michael we sense his exhaustion. Attempting to communicate and interact with those around him, for whom he does not care, Michael maintains … Continue reading

The Grump.

Director Dome Karukoski has a personal connection to the subject matter of his latest film. The Grump is about one man’s isolation in a modern world he doesn’t recognise. In this case the grump is an ageing Finnish gentleman who built the house he lives in, eats the potatoes he grows and doesn’t trust anyone as … Continue reading

Hitchcock/Truffaut.

Hitchcock/Truffaut shares its names with a quintessential book for film-makers and film lovers alike. In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock was at the top of his game, his career at the beginning of its end. Two years earlier he had terrified audiences with Psycho and revolutionized the horror genre by essentially inventing ‘the slasher film’. Francois Truffaut’s … Continue reading