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Kakera (2009)
A young woman named Haru looks for love elsewhere after she becomes dissatisfied with her boyfriend, who is only interested in a psychical relationship. Alone and depressed Haru encounters a young woman named Riko at a coffee shop, who gives her the emotional connection that she has longed for.
The term ‘midlife crisis’ conjures images of needless purchases of flash cars, dating people half your age and of course, synchronised swimming? Well perhaps not the last one, but that’s what director Dylan Williams and the Stockholm Arts Swim Gents turned to on the cusp of 40. Dylan ...
Men Who Swim (2010)
Men Who Swim is a humorous and poignant look at a group of middle aged men who have found unlikely success as members of Sweden’s all male synchronised swimming team.
Few people are as qualified to make a judgment call as to a film’s quality as a fellow filmmaker; so when Jeanie Finlay suggested I take a look at Emily Branham’s Doc Challenge winning documentary Legend: a film about Greg Garing, I knew my time would be well rewarded. I spoke to Emily about the [...]
Legend: a film about Greg Garing (2010)
In his early 20s, the extraordinary musician Greg Garing played with every country and bluegrass legend on the Nashville Opry scene. Now, at 43, his doctors have given him a year to live and he’s forced to come to terms with a secret he’s kept all his ...
Largely, the celebration of a piece of film focuses purely on narrative structure, which begs the question, if you have no clue what a film’s ‘about’ can you truthfully say you liked it? Christian Schlaeffer’s animation The Return of John Frum is proof positive that you can.
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The Return of John Frum (2010)
John Frum, Messiah of Polynesian Cargo Cults, returns as an astronaut and businessman to the postindustrial wasteland of the financial-service-economy. Together with a native, he sets out for a conquest of the useless. then things get confused, and what begins as a journey ...
There’s something both transfixing and strangely creepy about the disembodied hands that play out the tune in the new Clutchy Hopkins track Verbal Headlock. Amsterdam based illustrator, art & film director Christian Borstlap joins us to discuss the stop motion promo.
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Clutchy Hopkins: Verbal Headlock (2010)
Fancy finger work for Clutchy Hopkins’ Verbal Headlock promo.
All film projects experience difficulties to varying degrees, the test for filmmakers is what they do when they hit these challenges. With Bodies director Sam Norton set out to create a comedy feature and instead came back with a poignant, abstract, relationship short. He joins me to discuss shifting ...
Bodies (2010)
A film about physicality. A deconstruction of relationships based on this fundamental difference from friendships.
Director Renaud Hallee’s first venture into animation, Sonar, has been described as a perfect example of ‘how to listen to music with your eyes’. This week Renaud takes us through the process of getting to grips with animation by painstakingly hand synchronising notes to images.
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Sonar (2009)
Rhythmic cycle w/ abstract animation
If thoughts of the exposure of your personal data concern you or if the phrase, You have nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide, is something you find comforting, then the journey of discovery director David Bond goes on in his feature documentary Erasing David is something you should take a look [...]
Erasing David (2009)
David Bond lives in one of the most intrusive surveillance states in the world. He decides to find out how much private companies and the government know about him by putting himself under surveillance and attempting to disappear – a decision that changes his life forever. ...
Despite all the time he had to spend listening to my film rants at SXSW, Andrew Johnson, host of the excellent MovieChatter, invited me to join him and Erik Blythe in their discussion of Matthew Vaughn’s superhero flick Kick-Ass and the surrounding controversy.
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Awarded the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes and riding a wave of positive critical response from festival to festival, Yorgos Lanthimos’ dysfunctional Greek family feature Dogtooth is an uncomfortable and darkly comedic watch. We discuss the hard road of Greek filmmaking and ...
Dogtooth (2009)
Dogtooth is a darkly comic insight into a surreal world of parental control gone mad. Three teenagers are grounded in an alternate world by their overprotective parents, when a female outsider bursts into their bizarre family bubble, with shocking and strangely amusing results.

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After stumbling across Zoomer’s Treasures on a US road trip, UK director Sam Huntley returned to rural Kansas to capture the life of its colourful owner Mary DeBoutez Zellmer-Fenoglio, or “Zoomer” to her friends. Sam shares the challenges of the self-financing, self-shooting, debut ...
Zoomer (2010)
Zoomer is about the life of Mary DeBoutez Zellmer-Fenoglio [or "Zoomer" as she is known to her friends], the eccentric and charismatic owner of Zoomer’s Treasures, a junk lovers paradise and somewhat unlikely local landmark that stands by the side of Highway 171 in rural Kansas, USA.

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