Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

The division of the final novel into two films is a decision that is always criticised for greediness, and normally because it weakens the first entry. The Hunger Games is no exception. Mockingjay Part 1 has its moments, but it ultimately feels like two hours of set up, all beginning and middle with no end. Not only that, what happens is repetitive and superficial, without the same energy that the first and especially the second film provided. (more…)


Interview: Deborah Nadoolman Landis

The Hollywood Costume exhibition, commissioned for the V&A in 2007 and now at the Academy of Motion Pictures Museum in Los Angeles, was the most successful exhibition in the V&A’s history. 268,000 people came to see the show during the 14 weeks it was on display in the winter of 2012-13 and it began a new chapter for its creator, Deborah Nadoolman Landis.  I spoke to Deborah about her career in costume design and her inspiration for the exhibition. (more…)


Film Wars: Will the new Star Wars film make an impact?

Anticipation has the power to kill movies. Overly hyping that blockbuster that won’t hit our screens for months and months creates such a bubble of excitement that even the smallest of flaws in the film itself bursts it. Case in point, Star Wars I, II & III. The original trilogy left such a cultural imprint that it became, and continues to be, the blueprint for action sci-fi. The flip side to this coin was that it strangely became a poison chalice for the makers of the noughties trilogy, as, let’s be honest, it was going to be incredibly difficult to emulate, let alone top, what went before. So, the next trilogy is surely in a better position? Arguably less hype, bigger budget and better technology? All of this is true, yet what is also clear is that the newest batch of Star Wars films are going to released in a much more crowded cinematic universe. (more…)


Remembering Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Incontrovertible directorial legend of film, television, and theatre, Mike Nichols, has died at the age of 83. This was a director who had to his name an Academy Award, four Emmy Awards, nine Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, among numerous others. (more…)


Of filming and funding: meeting Alex Darby and Ksenia Harwood

Director and writer Alex Darby and producer Ksenia Harwood form the heart of the team behind Waterbird and Catkins, two short films about love, loss, guilt and seeking solace in nature. The Kickstarter for the distribution of their films went live today and was made a ‘Staff Pick’, a rare recognition for a student project. In light of this, I caught up with them to find out more about the project and what they hope to achieve through their Kickstarter campaign.


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