Film of the Month: Jenny Gage

Posted April 3rd, 2017 by Matt Turner

Jenny Gage is a photographer and filmmaker whose directorial debut, All This Panic, has been gaining consistent acclaim since its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Working alongside her partner Tom Betterton, the pair initially established themselves as fashion photographers, before deciding to pursue an interest in storytelling and move into the world of filmmaking. With Betterton as producer and herself as director, , together they followed seven teenage girls over the course of three years for All This Panic, capturing the minutiae of their lives, their struggles with social drama, mental health and sexuality at this crucial juncture between teen and adulthood.

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Festival Focus: Frames of Representation 2017 Preview

Posted March 27th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Frames of Representation looks to find a home for “new visions for documentary cinema,” in whichever form that might be interpreted and shape it may arrive. When rounding up his favourite films of last year, festival curator Nico Marzano stated that his ambition each year is “to be inundated by films that are both able to inspire and to take a risk or and to challenge mainstream cinematic languages.” Frames of Representation is the result of this, posing a cross-section of the abundance of creative, challenging documentary films arriving from around the world. Here, we select five options from the team’s eleven film and eight event proposal that this year is focused around the theme of ‘work’.

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Festival Focus: BFI Flare 2017 Dispatch

Posted March 27th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

BFI’s LGBT showcase, Flare concluded its festivities last night, after a busy and exciting ten days that felt like some of the festival’s most active and exciting yet. The festival screened new and intriguing films, as well as hosting events with filmmakers and actors. From their expansive offering, here are some titles that we thought might pique your interest.

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Festival Focus: Flatpack Film Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 15th, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

This spring, the Flatpack Film Festival will return to Birmingham for its 11th year. For years, the festival has been attracting people from far and wide for its “magnificently eclectic” films, performances and installations. Overtaking venues all across Birmingham. The festival embraces animation, documentary, ground-breaking shorts, and really, any kind of film you could think of.

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Festival Focus: BFI Flare Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 3rd, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

A crucial event for LGBT communities, the BFI Flare Film Festival returns this year with a plethora of groundbreaking and captivating works from a diverse multitude of filmmakers from across the globe. The BFI’s annual showcase of LGBT cinema, Flare has encouraged fresh stories, different approaches and new filmmakers for over 30 years.

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Film of the Month: Anna Biller

Posted March 2nd, 2017 by Matt Turner

Anna Biller is a filmmaker whose work focuses on the “lived day-to-day experience of the female,” using the styles and modes of classic cinema to address female roles within culture, “coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics and visual pleasure.” Though her work appropriates, quotes and reinterprets existing conventions, it remains entirely unique. “”Proper” art films masquerading as popular films.”

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Festival Focus: Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017 Preview

Posted March 1st, 2017 by Annabelle Amato

Currently screening in over 20 cities around the world, Human Rights Watch selects approximately 40 films to be shown worldwide for its Film Festival. 16 of those 40 will screen at the London HRW Film Festival this year. Dedicated to defending and protecting human rights,  these films all highlight the importance of tolerance and change, bringing to light matters of great importance, as well as demonstrating artistic quality.

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Script Pitch: Rom Pitch

Posted February 14th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Our annual round-up of the best romantic projects in town.

To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.

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Film of the Month: Stephen Woolley

Posted February 10th, 2017 by Matt Turner

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Guest Blog: Alex Winckler

Posted February 9th, 2017 by Matt Turner

Now in it’s 10th year, Film London’s Microwave scheme commissions two £100k budgeted features each year. We spoke with two SP members with projects selected for the scheme. The first was with director Ryan Vernava, and below is our second, with writer and director Alex Winckler.

Alex is involved in Microwave with two producers, Maria Forsstrom and Jude Goldstrei. Their film, Smalltown Boy is “a rite of passage story about a different type of skinhead.”

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