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Chrystèle and Marianne sat on a beach

The gig economy is one of the biggest blights of modern capitalism. Not only do workers have no job security, the pay is usually terrible and the work is rarely much better. All the power rests in the hands of the employers while employees can get fired at will. Without any guarantee of hours, and …

Laura and Ljoha

It’s good to talk. Sometimes we meet the most fascinating people in the most unlikely circumstances. We also, occasionally, encounter characters we wish we hadn’t. On the face of it, a film which focuses on this kind of rendezvous may not exactly be particularly cinematic for obvious reasons, but that never stopped the likes of …

Émilie, Nora and Camille walking through a park

Modern love is difficult. Long gone are the days of boy meets girl and living happily ever after. They fall in love, get married and have a big perfect family. Today, things are much more complicated. Dating is a complex and mysterious dark art, full of perils and pitfalls. A big city offers a lot …

Rahim and son

Few directors have been more successful over the last decade or so than Asghar Farhadi. The Iranian filmmaker is one of the few people to win two Oscars, for A Separation and The Salesman, as well as securing a raft of other awards. Unlike many of his peers, he’s committed to his homeland and still …

Semetka on a horse

Despite what we might be led to believe, for the most part soldiering involves a lot of waiting around and generally doing very little other than simply being somewhere. This, for obvious reasons, does not often make for scintillating entertainment. Unsurprisingly then, most films that hit our screens either greatly lesson this aspect of war …

Sophie and Julia at work

The great European capital cities have always been a huge draw for the young people of a country. Like moths to a flame, they descend on the bright lights. Excited by the endless possibilities and myriad opportunities. If you want to make it in the arts, you need to be in London, Lisbon or Madrid. …

A young Jeremy Thomas

When we talk about British cinema we usually focus on actors or directors. Occasionally a cinematographer or two and maybe even an editor or sound engineer, if we’re feeling generous. Although hey play a pivotal role in bringing films to fruition, it’s rare to talk about producers. One of the best is Jeremy Thomas. He’s …

neighbours

If you watch European cinema at all regularly, you’ll recognise Daniel Brühl. He has one of those memorable faces. You might not be able to quite place him straight away, but he’s most famous for his starring role in Good Bye Lenin!. Also receiving awards for performances in The Edukators and Love in Thoughts. The …

Louis Armstrong

To put it kindly, concert films can be hit or miss. More often than not they’re no more than a couple of cameras and just band and crowd shots. Made on the cheap to try and turn a quick profit. However, things are definitely getting better and there have always been examples that bucked this …

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, …