The story of Nicholas van der Swart – a young closeted gay man, conscripted for the South African Defence Force – is one of repressive aggression.
There’s an audience out there who will be utterly allergic to everything about STRAIGHT UP, whether it’s the film’s aesthetics, its bordering-on-quirky characters, or its open mind (ok, boomer). But those reasons are exactly why even more will find a lot to love about it.
The world of LUZ: THE FLOWER OF EVIL, is defined by this dichotomy of good and evil, which often comes less from a place of faith and more from patriarchal madness. Scott Wilson reviews.
“You’ll need a drink afterwards” was the main takeaway from the introduction to VALLEY OF SOULS, director Nicolás Rincón Gille’s first fiction feature. Set in the Colombian countryside, it follows one man on his journey to reclaim the bodies of his two sons, killed and dumped in the river by a far-right paramilitary group. It … Continue reading Valley of Souls
A better biography than it is a call to arms, A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU is inspiring when it focuses upon its central figure’s determination, perfectly realised by Aja Naomi King. Scott Wilson reviews.
Liv Hill’s firestarter performance keeps JELLYFISH from becoming unrelentingly depressing. A celebration of endurance, maybe, but one which questions just how much people can take. Scott Wilson reviews.