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Munro Films


Whilst they might have been the ‘toilet circuit’ of US cinemas, grindhouse theatres have fulfilled a vital function since the early 20th century. Although their heyday was unquestionably in the 1970s, the market for these kinds of low-budget, trashy, ultra-violent and sexually explicit films was swallowed up over the next decade by the popularity of …

When it comes to making movies aimed at teenagers, Hollywood doesn’t have the greatest track record. The huge surge in popularity of young adult fiction this century has spawned numerous franchises and successes. However, for every Hunger Games or Love, Simon there are countless Maze Runners or Divergents. Book adaptations are an increasingly dangerous game …

Whilst the world of animation can sometimes feel like it’s dominated by a mix of Disney/Pixar et al and a number of Asian studios, there is some fine work coming out of Europe. Most notably from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon (Song of the Sea/The Breadwinner), UK’s Aardman Animations (Early Man/Arthur Christmas) and a number of French …

Family plays an important role in most peoples lives. Love them or hate them, your nearest and dearest are always there. Until they’re not. And then their absence can be keenly felt. Or you might have never known your family or wish you hadn’t. Death of a close relative, and the subsequent grief and loss, …

I’m the first to admit that I’m not a fan of whisky. My first encounter involved half a bottle of Bell’s and I’m never really recovered. I will say, like the single malts readily available on the market today, my antipathy has mellowed over the years. My last dram was at the highest point on …

There are more predators in South Africa now than one hundred years ago. This is the contradiction at the heart of Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz’s new film Trophy. Like most right-minded people, I believe trophy hunting to be absolutely abhorrent. The thought of rich North Americans flying out to Africa so they murder a …

Most of our awareness of history doesn’t tend to stretch further than events which directly impacted on our own country. Whilst I consider myself relatively knowledgeable, my grasp of wartime history within the Soviet Union is very basic. I’m aware the Baltic states hate Russia, but only in general terms such as deportations, annexation and …

I love old buildings. I love history and I love beauty. I’ve never really ‘got’ modern architecture and design though. So when it comes to the subject I know very little. I’d never even heard of Eileen Gray, let alone being aware of her work. By the time I finished watching Marco Orsini’s Gray Matters, …

The Forgotten Kingdom

Sometimes films just need to breathe. In a world where modern cinema is cluttered with special effects and cynicism, Andrew Mudge’s The Forgotten Kingdom is a breath of fresh air. On a personal level, I’ve always been fascinated by the country of Lesotho; a little island in the sea of South Africa. I’ve never seen …

Four Corners

South Africa’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards was Ian Gabriel’s Four Corners. The Rainbow Nation is not traditionally a country particularly noted for its cinema, but post-Apartheid cinema has gradually been picking-up speed. The most notable success story is that of Neill Blomkamp, but there have been some lesser …