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Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch

In 2018 Birds’ Eye View launched the BFI-backed Reclaim The Frame project – a mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women, offering a wider perspective of the world. Birds’ Eye View is a charity whose focus for the last 16 years has been on raising the commercial and cultural impact of films written by or directed by women – demonstrating how varied the female gaze can be and celebrating the difference. Continue reading Preview: Reclaim The Frame Launch

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The Relevance of Religious Art Today

“Why should the devil have all the best tunes?” asked Methodist preacher George Whitefield in 1774. But did the devil ever? And does he still? As conservative and dated as ‘religious art’ might seem in the West (where religious practices have been somewhat marred by schisms, crusades, inquisitions, Nietzsche, existentialism, and that ever-pesky science), I think the paganity to which Whitefield referred has less of a cloven-hoofed power-stance over the arts than the reality of the situation might suggest. Not only were many of the modern antecedents and influences of contemporary Western artists religious, but a great number of today’s practitioners remain resolutely Christian in their outlook.

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So Scandi: CPH:DOX

Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival: an imperative for Copenhagen’s curious souls.

With its thumping heart situated in ‘Kunsthal Charlottenborg’ – one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful exhibition spaces for contemporary art – CPH:DOX is a dream come true for the documentary-lovers, aesthetes, and cinephiles of the Danish capital. Continue reading So Scandi: CPH:DOX

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Review: Captain Marvel

Marvel’s latest offering more than fulfils its tagline. Captain Marvel soared above doubt, boycotts, and smear campaigns to a staggering $455 million worldwide box-office taking on opening weekend. And it’s easy to see why – it’s MARVELlous.

The film is essentially Captain Marvel’s origin story, which has led to criticism about the plot being ‘predictable’ at times. People forget that the heroes we love had their own ‘basic’ origin films. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) burst into the universe in a way that stands up to her peers, and shows she has the ability to drive this legacy beyond Endgame. Continue reading Review: Captain Marvel

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Review: Us

After the success of Get Out, a smart satirical thriller, writer-director Jordan Peele has created a horrific fable that popularises our fear of the other. A reinterpretation of the Jekyll and Hyde motif, Us satirises the dark side of human nature. The title evokes the abbreviation for United States thus echoing the multitude of double meanings present throughout the film. This is a mirror-image, home-invasion horror film aiming to demonstrate that our biggest enemy is ourselves. Continue reading Review: Us

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Frost on Film: Capernaum

At the Oscars this year the Best Foreign Film category was stacked with many outstanding masterworks, from Roma to Cold War. Yet it could be argued that Capernaum is the best of them all as it is unquestionably one of the best films released in the last year. It paraded around the film festival circuit and won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival which is an impressive achievement. Continue reading Frost on Film: Capernaum

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Review: Happy Death Day 2U

 The cold, undeniable success of Happy Death Day in 2017 almost guaranteed that it would get a sequel in the coming years. It’s easy to swallow, empowering and managed to convert a $5 million budget into at least a $125 million profit. Quite a feat. Yet claiming that “it can only go up from here” is never a safe bet when it comes to franchises. Continue reading Review: Happy Death Day 2U