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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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Shooting a short can be, and often is, a grueling experience; so filming in -25ºC temperatures is something most would avoid. Luckily for us director Jonathan Van Tulleken is made of sterner stuff, otherwise we’d miss out on the opportunity of having his BAFTA nominated horror short, Off Season ...
Off Season (2009)
An alcoholic transient, with only his dog for a companion, steals from summer cottages during the brutal winter of the off season. When he ventures from his usual path in search of a full bottle he makes a terrifying discovery that unravels his solitary existence.

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A word of advice, if the quiet, mousy girl asks you to the prom say yes. Otherwise you too may find yourself slow dancing through hell under a disco ball, as does the unfortunate lead in Sean Byrne’s horror, The Loved Ones. A fitting close to our SXSW interviews, Sean joined me after the midnight [...]
Described as a slacker revenge movie, Simon Rumley’s latest feature Red White & Blue tracks the emotionally damaged Erica through the bars and beds of Austin, as she deals out her own brand of revenge, that is until things come to a head with potential saviour Nate and past victim Franki. ...
As a festival that features such strong music and film strands, SXSW was the perfect place for Bruce McDonald to premiere his Broken Social Scene concert meets fictional lovers tale, This Movie is Broken. Bruce joined me over a coffee to discuss the breakneck speed of the project, which is as much an ode to [...]
No other filmmaker in history has been able to garner the equal levels of adoration and hate as George Lucas has through the Star Wars series of films. Premiering at SXSW, Alexandre O. Philippe’s democratic documentary, The People vs. George Lucas takes a look at the issues of filmmaking and fanaticism. ...
Co-directed by Amy C. Elliott and Elizabeth Donius, World’s Largest takes a tour of small town America and the over-sized, roadside attractions hoping to draw in the tourist dollar as a replacement for dwindling local industries. I caught up with Amy and Elizabeth at SXSW to discuss these monolithic ...
It’s in the nature of festivals that certain films build up an unstoppable wave of buzz; be it for stand out performances, record sales deals or a brake out talent that appears to have sprung from nowhere. Less often does that chatter focus on your level of endurance as a film watcher, as it has [...]
For his second feature Lovers of Hate, director Bryan Poyser took inspiration from a Park City house to explore his uncomfortable tale of two brothers locked in a love triangle over the same women. We sat down after his SXSW screening to discuss how the Austin film community rallies around its own.
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To say webbie award winning director, Bobby Miller hit on a strange concept for his short TUB would be a pretty large understatement, but it’s a setup that successfully straddles comedy, drama and horror. Bobby and I took the DN SXSW interview experience to the crowds and bands of 6th Street.
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If you’re in a strong, loving relationship you can withstand anything right? In her debut feature, The Freebie, actor turned director Katie Aselton stress tests a couple’s marriage, when they give each other a mutual pass to a one night stand. I spoke to Katie about her move to the director’s ...
Alongside the feature strands, SXSW runs several shorts programmes throughout the festival, which often provide an early chance to see the work of up and coming directors. Sol Friedman’s Kabuki inspired short, Junko’s Shamisen has to be one of the most ambitious, and visually stunning pieces ...
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