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Maria sat on a fence

Andrei Tarkovsky is without doubt the greatest Russian filmmaker of all time. He’s certainly the first name that comes to mind when discussing the movies of the Motherland. Despite making less than ten films in a career which spanned three decades, he left an indelible mark on the history of world cinema. Whilst the likes …

Kandisha unleashes her wrath

Much of the genre landscape is unfairly dominated by films from North America, and to a lesser degree Britain and Australasia. This can largely be attributed to language and where the money is to finance filmmaking. Despite this, one of the most interesting movements in modern horror cinema has been that of the French new …

Lau and Cher

For decades now, Chow Yun-fat has been one of the most familiar faces in Hong Kong cinema. He started out in low-budget movies during the 1970s but first made his name in John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow a decade later. Also starring in the sequel and City on Fire, The Killer and Hard Boiled. Whilst …

Father and son

For centuries, adoption has been a taboo subject in the UK and Ireland. It has been something patriarchal societies did to women, often against their will, when they gave birth out of wedlock. A device used by rich men to hide away their ‘little accidents’. Today, the stigma may have subsided but it hasn’t disappeared, …

Georges and his jacket

There are few, if any, filmmakers working anywhere in the world today who have the inventiveness or singularity of vision of Quentin Dupieux. In a career which spans two decades (so far) the Frenchman has made a number of unlikely gems. His breakthrough came with Rubber, a film about a serial-killing tyre. He has gone …

Nina and Madelaine

Most of the conversations surrounding gender, sexuality and relationship issues revolve around their impact on younger people. Generally, most Western societies seem to be getting more tolerant and accepting of diversity and inclusion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean this filters up to older generations. If you’ve been brought up to believe certain things you might …

Paradise

Nestled in the east of the Great Antilles, Puerto Rico is both a Caribbean Island and easily the biggest of the unincorporated territories of the United States. In many ways this gives it something of an identity crisis. Traditional culture and ways of living collide with an influx of rich investors who are tempted to …

Yasmine, Walid and Bilel

Africa is a continent which has been raped, pillaged and ravaged by colonialism. The arguments for empire usually point to the benefits it brings for those under its yoke. The Romans, for instance, introduced a number of innovations which made England undoubtedly better. However, the main export from Europe seems to be the imposition of …

Anna and Kata

On the face of it, communism doesn’t exactly seem like the ideal breeding ground for feminism to flourish. Whilst everyone was theoretically equal in the USSR, many rich old white men were more equal than other. The narrative pushed by the authorities was that of the heroic Marxist worker, dedicating their life to making the …

Travis and Gutjuk on horseback

The term ‘western’ conjures up stories of cowboys and ‘Indians’ from the wild west of frontier America. However, it’s a genre of film which has captured the imagination of directors around the world, most notably in Italy. In Australia, makers of ‘meat pie’ (or kangaroo) westerns have taken the tropes and cliches of the genre …