Ethel & Ernest.

The cinematic adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel, Ethel & Ernest tells the story of the artist’s parents – their marriage, their lives, their triumphs and tragedies. It opens with a brief interview with Briggs where he briefly describes how he remembers his parents and their relatively undramatic relationship. What follows is the tale of … Continue reading

American Honey.

Andrea Arnold has a deserved reputation as a filmmaker who tackles the grimmest and most distressing of scenarios through her work; never shying away from the violence, neglect and reality that might be involved. From the dread that builds in her short film Wasp, to the bleak visual nastiness of Red Road to the frank sexual … Continue reading

I, Daniel Blake.

Following on from the release of Jimmy Hall, Ken Loach embraced his retirement in 2014. After a career spanning more than 50 years, he was blatantly entitled to a long rest. After the UK’s general election result in May 2015 Loach confirmed he was returning to make one more film, a response to his distaste … Continue reading

Imperium.

From Donny Brasco to Point Break, there is something totally intoxicating about undercover cop movies. Director Daniel Ragussis’s feature debut centres around such activity. The plot:  young and lonely FBI desk worker Nate Foster is asked to go undercover to infiltrate several neo-nazi organisations to determine and confirm their potential terrorist activities. Imperium shares many … Continue reading