Is a House a Home?

As part of the Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights film festival, I was asked to curate a short film programme on behalf of 20th Century Flicks. Given the current housing problems in the UK, it struck me that the question of what makes a house a home is was ripe for discussion. Here, I have…

Immersive Encounters: virtual reality, real bodies

At this year’s Encounters Short Film Festival I checked out all of the VR they had to offer – with varying results. While I admired the attempt to make a solitary art cinematic, my body was at a loss in its engagement… so I wrote about it for BFI’s Sight & Sound online. 

Cinema Rediscovered Blog

At this year’s Cinema Rediscovered we launched our inaugural talent development programme in the shape of a critics day – The State of Things: Film Critics Day.   Ahead of the programme, film critic Mark Kermode visited the Watershed to deliver the Second Annual Philip French Memorial Lecture, which I wrote about for the CR blog:…

Triple R Outside Broadcast: Plato’s Cave at MIFF at the Forum

After three years abroad, I returned home for a special guest appearance on film criticism radio show and podcast Plato’s Cave. On Monday August 7th we presented a very special live outside broadcast at the Melbourne International Film Festival at the Forum. The following week saw my second guest appearance to discuss more MIFF gems…

Pioneering Women and Getting the Hell Out of There

I had the pleasure of serving as a mentor on the critics campus at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. Following the festival, I wrote about the extraordinary Pioneering Women programme for Desist Film.  Also screening at the festival was Kriv Stenders’ new film, Australia Day,  which I found surprisingly affecting. 

The Fits: gender, sports and stereotypes – standing out and fitting in

The Fits is a new release film I adored, for its mesmeric and poetic aural and visual affect as well as its treatment of complicated gender politics in adolescence. I wrote about it for the BFI, and the post was re-published on Conversations About Cinema. Sunday May 28th I’ll be joining Kelli Weston and Elinor Cleghorn…

Elle and The Love Witch

I joined Ben Rylan on Monocle 24’s The Cinema Show, March 10th, to talk about Paul Verhoeven’s Elle and Anna Biller’s The Love Witch.  

Berlinale 2017; Kitty Green interview on Casting JonBenet plus review of Bruce LaBruce’s The Misandrists, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome and Stanley Tucci’s Final Portrait

At this year’s Berlinale I joined filmmaker Kitty Green to talk about her brilliant and provocative new documentary, Casting JonBenet for Monocle 24’s The Cinema Show, aired February 17. I also reviewed Cate Shortland’s new dramatic thriller Berlin Syndrome, Stanley Tucci’s artist biopic Final Portrait and Bruce LaBruce’s new feminist, lesbian, soft-core satire The Misandrists.