Earlier this year I joined BBC World Service Arts Hour host Nikki Bedi and sarod player and composer Soumik Datta to talk about everything from what makes a well written female role to how Virtual Reality might elicit empathy, and on writers who’ve helped us through grief, plus so much more. Broadcast around the world, you can alsolisten back to the show here.
Following Encounters Short Film Festival in 2017, I was moved to write about a film that, after repeat viewings, has deeply affected me and become of my most highly rated contemporary works, Mark Jenkin’s Bronco’s House.
My article appears for BFI Sight & Sound online,“Mark Jenkin’s short movie about the Cornish housing crisis was crafted by hand at every stage, so it was a genuine pleasure to see it projected on film for the first time, and to anticipate more analogue marvels in the future.”
My report on the 61st BFI London Film Festival for Senses of Cinema includes review and rumination on Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned, Sinéad O’Shea’s A Mother Brings Her Son to be Shot, Frederick Wiseman’s Ex Libris: New York Public Library, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman, Kogonada’s Columbus and Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country.
As part of the Exeter Phoenix’sTwo 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 programmed some of the greatest short works I’ve seen in the last year alongside Lois Weber’s silent narrative thriller, Suspense, an early contemplation of how space, safety and barriers might create and subvert what we understand as ‘house’ and ‘home’.
Following the festival, participants created written articles and video essays for submission on the CR blog. Each of the articles have been edited by me and a further three articles were selected for publication on MUBI’s Notebook.