Review: Julia Blue, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

A film made about a revolution is surely a winning bet in showing people at the their fiercest or most desperate. A film made during the revolution then is surely even more determined to be the extremes of life? Not so with Julia Blue, a nuanced and thoughtful story of the eponymous lead filmed in Ukraine during the 2014 uprising against the annexation of Crimea by Russia. It is in no uncertain terms a war for those in Julia Blue. A full-blown assault against the rights of Ukranians and Ukraine.

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Review: All Creatures Here Below, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

All Creatures Here Below presents as the story of two young lovers going on the lam after they both commit very definitely illegal acts that push an audience to the limits of empathy. As they progress literally and figuratively one poor decision leads to another and as the stakes get higher the decisions get worse. It’s a fairly well trodden road (trip movie) and the threat of not making it to the end comes as much from our protagonists as it does their situation. Spurned into action due to poverty it’s a theme that keeps re-emerging, Ruby (Karen Gillan) and Gensen (David Dastmalchian) live just on the edge of nothingness in every sense, and whilst Ruby may be too naïve to see it, Gensen has enough fury for the both of them.

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Review: The Big Moon, Museum of the Moon

The moon is swaying ever so slightly above our heads. Not figuratively. Really. We are sat beneath a seven metre wide 1:500,000 replica of the moon that floats on nearly invisible string in the middle of the Mackintosh Church. It forms part of the 150th anniversary of ‘Mack’. The latest project of Luke Jerram shines bright against the dark wood and Mackintosh style famed for simple curved lines making the perfect replication of every bumpy detail of the surface of the moon starker still.

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Review: 549: Scots of the Civil War

What do we die for? What unites us? What change can one person make? What does this have to do with the lives of four ordinary men from Prestonpans? Big questions asked by 549: Scots of the Civil War from Wonder Fools theatre company. I shall tell you; its four blokes from Prestonpans who volunteered for the International Brigade fighting Franco in the 1936 Spanish Civil War. And its four blokes sitting in a pub in modern Prestonpans who open up proceedings before interrupted by the ghost of George Watters – one of those who went to Spain.

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