Museum Re-Vamp.

I was recently lucky enough to be invited to a blogger’s evening event at The National Media Museum in Bradford. A group of 15-25 of us were treated to an exclusive after hours look around the two exhibitions that the museum is currently hosting and were given a literal taste of what the new dining … Continue reading

BIFF Highlights: 2013

After a splendid few days at The National Media Museum, my time at Bradford’s 19th International Film Festival drew to a close. Having already reviewed several of the events and screenings I attended, my reflections on the festival have already begun. With so much going on at the festival it is tough to identify my … Continue reading


In 2008, director Marc Price intrigued audiences and festival goers with his zombie movie Colin. Created for a staggering £40, Colin demonstrated Price’s ambition and directorial skill. Now, five years later, audiences are being exposed to Price’s follow up film, made on a slightly more substantial budget. Magpie tells the story of one man’s decision to face up to his failure as a … Continue reading


Although there have been many great highlights of the Bradford Film Festival so far, there is something exciting about discovering and connecting with the work of a particular director. My best discovery during the festival has to be the work of Aleksey Balabanov. The festival have shown three of his films in the form of a … Continue reading

A Deserved Winner.

His outstanding performance as the beloved William Fisher in the glorious film adaptation of Keith Waterhouse’s beloved novel Billy Liar was witty and intelligent. From Dr Zhivago to The Dresser, Tom Courtenay has become one of the most respected actors in the country. He began as the face of the ‘kitchen-sink’ drama and, since then, has moulded himself into a highly … 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

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