Tickled Review

Fetishes. Everyone has ’em. For a small but intensely committed number across the globe, there is excitement in watching young, hunky men being restrained & mercilessly tickled. When journalists David Farrier & Dylan Reeve discover this niche interest, they pursue the story, & are met with defensiveness, anger and homophobia. As they follow the leads,…

Indignation Review

Screenwriting is the underappreciated art of cinema. In Indignation James Schamus, the thrice Oscar-nominated writer, producer and film legend, shows himself to be a master of this craft. In what is also his first directorial venture, he provides a soft, subtle song that will grow in your mind after the credits have rolled. Indignation is an…

Sundance London: The Greasy Strangler Review

Gruesome murders. Explicit, disgusting sex. And a whole lot of grease. The Greasy Strangler takes huge dollops of bad things, and serves them up in a thrillingly original feast that tastes so, so good. You know how it is – when you’re a 40-something single man living in a static caravan with your geriatric father, serving…

Sundance London: Weiner Review

Politics, as the saying goes, is showbusiness for ugly people. Nowhere can this maxim be more clearly witnessed than in the character of Anthony Weiner, former US congressman & subject of the delightful documentary Weiner from Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Without passing comment on his appearance, he has the chutzpah and throbbing personality of a…

Sundance London: Life, Animated Review

With continuing advances in understanding of mental health and brain conditions, there is a widening territory for filmmakers to consider and represent the experiences of non-neurotypical people. Roger Ross Williams documentary Life, Animated is at the forefront of this new scope, with the story of Owen Suskind’s life managing autism covering just about all the emotions…

Sundance London: Goat Review

One of the ways in which the patriarchy will be brought to its knees is through analysing its toxic notions of masculinity. This is a key achievement of Goat, the frat-house drama from director Andrew Neel. And who better to carry this banner than… bubblegum pop pioneer Nick Jonas, of Jonas Brothers fame?! Mind your…

Sundance 2016: Preview

Another Park City film fiesta is upon us, with tens of thousands of talented folk gathering in the Utah mountains for a celebration of independent cinema from across the world. Here is this writer’s pick of what looks good in each category from the most mouth-watering cinematic menu. Be prepared to hear these names again…