Review: Girl Rating 88%

Review: Girl

As I said in my review of The Wild Boys, some films come with an in-built plot-spoiler. In the case of Girl, while the brochure blurb gave away the transgender theme, the first scenes had something of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando about them. That opening sentence that says ‘He – for there could be no doubt of his sex…’ rang through my mind as I pondered over which gender was transitioning to which.

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Review: Wild Rose Rating 85%

Review: Wild Rose

It is an irritating fact of life that people who are very talented at one thing tend to be talented at everything they do. Jessie Buckley is one of those people. Plucked from obscurity as a teenager in Ireland, she found herself on a talent show performing musical theatre for Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Within a few years she had done Sondheim in the West End, War and Peace for the BBC, Shakespeare at The Globe and, in Taboo, stolen all her scenes with Tom Hardy. Now, with Wild Rose, Buckley not only acts and sings, she reveals she can also do comedy. And a convincing Glasgow accent.

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Review: Steel Country Rating 67%

Review: Steel Country

Steel Country is the new feature from Simon Fellows starring Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, who plays detective, obsessing with an investigation after a young boy’s body is found in a backward town in Trump’s backwater USA. With solid performances from both Scott and Bronagh Waugh, who plays Donny’s sanitation side-kick, Donna Reutzel, there is potential with this feature, a clear depiction of the isolation and remoteness of these kind of towns in the US.

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Morven Masterton: Our festival line-ups are always a dynamic fusion of music

Lights, camera, music! Doc’n Roll, the UK’s Documentary Music Festival, kicks off its Scottish debut in Edinburgh’s Cameo Picturehouse from 25th to 28th April with six acclaimed films about music. From jazz giants and Seventies punk heroines, Doc’n Roll Scotland promises to entertain music lovers and documentary aficionados alike with Scottish-debut screenings and Q&As with directors, artists and music experts. Morven Masterton, director of the festival, spoke with The Fountain about we can expect from Doc’n’Roll and her personal picks.

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Review: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2019 Rating 83%

Review: Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2019

The only film festival in Scotland to celebrate silent film and live music was back yet again for another eventful weekend of frolics, and I was fortunate enough to make it to the last day of activity, which included a triple bill of Laurel & Hardy classics, a perfume workshop and a screening of a 1928 Moulin Rouge, accompanied by a full live band.

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Review: Everybody Knows Rating 79%

Review: Everybody Knows

In a sleepy village in Spain, with a nearby vineyard, there are two things that nobody speaks about, even though (as the film’s title suggests) everybody knows. The first appears in the opening sequence: a selection of old newspaper cuttings that tell of a young child kidnapped. Why they are being freshly cut with a pair of plastic-gloved hands will be revealed in time.

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Review: Two Weirds Is Too Weird, GSFF19 Rating 82%

Review: Two Weirds Is Too Weird, GSFF19

Before Alice Lowe wrote, directed and starred in Prevenge, the scriptwriter and actress teamed with director Jacqueline Wright on a series of strange and hilarious shorts, Jackal Films they title them. As Lowe has explained, “being a woman is weird, and you’re allowed one weird. Being surreal is two weirds, and you’re not allowed two weirds… Two weirds is too weird.” With feline erotica, courtly necrophilia and aspiring mermaids, under their Jackal Films banner the two struck a path for themselves through a restrictive culture, using dead pan humour and eccentricity to produce a list of works that entertained a packed out CCA venue for this Glasgow Short Film Festival event.

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Review: Accents Influences, GSFF19 Rating 74%

Review: Accents Influences, GSFF19

Accents is a new project of film/music by Glasgow’s UNESCO City of Music artist-in-residence Richy Carey. He brought in communities to perform a live soundtrack, as part of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, Accents focus is on the everyday music created by our voices. The work asks questions around how we communicate with one another, the difference in sound between our individual and collective identities.

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Review: The EthnoFictions of Laura Huertas Millán, GSFF19 Rating 78%

Review: The EthnoFictions of Laura Huertas Millán, GSFF19

In collaboration with Open City Documentary Festival, Glasgow Shorts Film Festival welcomed Colombian filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán to screen three works that combine multiple modes of storytelling to explore film that intertwines documentary, anthropology and fiction. Focusing on La Libertad, jeny303 and Sol Negro, we see three very different but all equally intimate styles of filmmaking, telling fictional stories from the images shot. Stunning cinema, we get a sense and flavour of the richness of life in both Mexico and Columbia, through close ups and voyeuristic filming.

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Review: Vox Lux, Glasgow Film Fest 2019 Rating 70%

Review: Vox Lux, Glasgow Film Fest 2019

All that glitters is not indicative of something that will encourage happiness or integrity as brilliantly shimmery catsuits demonstrate in Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux. Protagonist Celeste is a survivor of a terrorist mass shooting at her school, the song she writes to express her grief becomes the platform that launches a supernova career.

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