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BRITAIN'S WORKING-CLASS REALISM

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‘THE WEDDING PLANNER’ AT 20 – REVIEW

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MUSIC BIOPIC ‘SCHEMERS’ FAILS TO FULFIL ITS POTENTIAL: REVIEW

April 17, 2021

Working-class Britain has quite a reputation on screen... I explore how films like The Selfish Giant misrepresent working Britain.

Published in Films East

January 26, 2021

It’s a classic – woman has the perfect job and the perfect life, but nobody to share it with. How on earth could she be truly happy? Nobody has any doubt the wedding planner will find her wedding, but it’s all about the journey, right?

Published in The Film Magazine

January 11, 2021

Don’t be fooled by its vibrant soundtrack—Schemers had the potential to capture the spirit of the Dundee music scene, but instead becomes a vanity project lacking heart or humour

Published in The Indiependent

 

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‘NEW ORDER’ – A BRUTALLY VIOLENT BUT SHALLOW DYSTOPIA: LFF REVIEW

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FOUL SECRETS UNRAVEL IN THE SINISTER COP-THRILLER ‘FREE COUNTRY’: REVIEW

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ZOMBIELAND (2009) REVIEW

October 18, 2020

It would probably be more shocking to discover a Michel Franco film that doesn’t leave you with a sickly feeling in your stomach, so of course, New Order does just that. This Mexican-French thriller is viciously shocking from start to finish—but the brutal dystopia lacks any depth or insight.

Published in The Indiepdendent

October 15, 2020

Four years after his BAFTA win for short film Three Brothers, Aleem Khan returns to the London Film Festival with his debut feature, After Love, a stunning and compassionate drama, exploring love, loss, and forgiveness.

Published in The Indiependent

October 11, 2020

Let’s imagine we’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, just for a second. The streets are empty, there’s no internet, and you had to kill your hot neighbour for turning on you right in front of your very eyes. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you and I would probably be toast before long. 

Published in The Film Magazine

 
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FINDING HOPE WITHIN DARKNESS IN ‘HERSELF’: LFF REVIEW

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FOUL SECRETS UNRAVEL IN THE SINISTER COP-THRILLER ‘FREE COUNTRY’: REVIEW

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‘SURVIVAL SKILLS’ IS AN 80S-STYLE SATIRE WITH UNCANNY RELEVANCE: REVIEW

October 6, 2020

With films like Mamma Mia! and The Iron Lady under her belt, Phyllida Lloyd is no stranger to
female empowerment and the sentiment of a mother’s love, but Herself proves itself to be much more of a challenge.

Published in The Indiependent

August 17, 2020

In the remote village of what used to be East Germany, Christian Alvart’s Free Country (or Freies Land) follows two detectives who are greeted by the residents with an eery silence and contempt when they’re given what seems to be a hopeless case...

Published in The Indiependent

August 22, 2020

The audience follows Jim (Vayu O’Donnell), a rookie police officer during his first year on the job, throughout a How-To style 80s police training video. The Narrator (Stacy Keach), an old, weary man with a drained wheeze in his voice, talks us through the highs, but mostly lows, of policing in America...

Published in The Indiependent

 
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A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD REVIEW

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LITTLE WOMEN REVIEW – THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE

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THE INDIEPENDENT'S TOP FILMS OF THE DECADE

March 15, 2020

Based on the real-life article by Tom Junod, ‘Can You Say…Hero?’, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood is just as heartbreaking as it is heart-warming. It follows the cynical journalist, Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys) and his life-changing encounter with the star...

Published in BRATITUDE

January 15, 2020

If anyone can bring the March family back onto the big screen with all the joys and heartaches as Louisa May Alcott’s original novel, it would of course be Greta Gerwig. Little Women may look like a film for and about women, but it’s so much more...

Published in BRATITUDE

December 30, 2019

As we begin the 2020s', I take a look back at my two favourite films of the decade for The Indiependent: Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Birdman (2015)...

Published in The Indiependent

 
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TOP TV OF THE DECADE: IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY

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BRATITUDE'S FILMS THAT MADE US

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CELINE AND FEMINISM IN THE 'BEFORE' TRILOGY

December 15, 2019

Welcome to The Indiependent’s Top TV of the Decade! In this feature, I look at the longevity of beloved US sitcom, It’s Always Sunny. Now the longest running US sitcom ever, FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been making us laugh for a whole 14 years...

Published in The Indiependent

December 6, 2019

As an introduction to the BRATITUDE team, I take a look at my favourite childhood films and those that have impacted my life, including The Iron Giant (1999) and Radio Flyer (1992)...

Published in BRATITUDE

November 24, 2019

Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight are possibly the closest things to perfect romantic films we’ll ever get. Starting in 1995, we follow Jesse and Celine from the very beginning as they explore heartache, parenthood, and Vienna...

Pubished in BRATITUDE