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Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke

Jeremy Clarke (Writer)
With more than three decades of writing experience, Jeremy will take you on a fascinating tour of cinema reclaiming the dirtiest treasures from all corners of the world

Jeremy Clarke has been writing about movies in various UK print publications since the late nineteen eighties as well as online in recent years. He’s excited by movies which provoke audiences, upset convention and make people think. He doesn’t buy the idea of mere entertainment – at the very least, if a movie doesn’t challenge the viewer in some way it may simply confirm audience prejudices and bolster the status quo. Which seems pointless. He wants to be pushed, taken into new ways of seeing.

There are probably as many ways of seeing as there are films made. Can a Hollywood blockbuster show us a new way of seeing? He thinks it can, although many fail in the task, blocked by a system understandably more interested in generating financial revenue than in provocation. The rough edges get worn smooth for the purposes of easy mass consumption, innovative elements excised in the pursuit of homogeneity. But sometimes, fragments of something new and unsettling get through. Go to the other, independent end of things and you may have more luck. However the less mainstream the film the harder for it to reach even specialised audiences let alone mainstream ones. Yet unique visions can and do reach cinemas and other platforms to find their audiences.

So, what is cinema? The Robot Maria coming to life in Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927). The shooting dead of the heroine’s mother in Bambi (Walt Disney, 1942). A corridor of human arms pointing the way to a castle visitor in Beauty And The Beast/La Belle Et La Bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946). The violence of lipstick on lips in Black Narcissus (Michael Powell/Emeric Pressburger, 1947). The rings of a tree cross-section indicating a time before the heroine was born in Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958). The narrator’s recurring dream of a mysteriously falling man at the start of La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962). The gun barrel/dripping blood ident which opens the Bond films (Maurice Binder, 1962). The street inside Shock Corridor‘s asylum (Samuel Fuller, 1963). The hero’s explanation to a co-star that “I’m talking to the audience” in Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965). The prehistoric beast prowling a burning Mexican cathedral in The Valley Of Gwangi (Ray Harryhausen, 1969). Two heads pulling each other apart in Dimensions Of Dialogue/Moznosti Dialogu (Jan Švankmajer, 1992). The never-ending staircase of history in The Orchestra (Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1990). Gang members falling off speeding bikes onto unforgiving road surfaces in Akira (Katsuhiro Otomo, 1988). The pietà at the end of Dead Ringers (David Cronenberg, 1988). The Möbius strip that comprises Lost Highway (David Lynch, 1997). The ghost idol singer skipping along a housing block balcony in Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997). The journey into darkness which is The Descent (Neil Marshall, 2005). The outlawed, Iranian, female football fans in Offside (Jafar Panahi, 2006). The claustrophobic family environment of Dogtooth/Kynodontas (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2009). The seated figure coming to life at the banquet table in Pan’s Labyrinth/El Laberinto Del Fauno (Guillermo del Toro, 2006). The fire consuming people inside a South Korean rooftop structure in Two Doors/Du Gae-Ui Mun (Kim Il-rhan, Hong Ji-you, 2011). The traumatised North Korean interview subjects of Camp 14: Total Control Zone (Mark Wiese, 2013). The reboot of religion in The Brand New Testament/Le Tout Nouveau Testament (Jaco Van Dormael, 2015). A man playing mah-jong against three other versions of himself in Big Fish And Begonia/Dayu Haitang (Liang Xuan, Zhang Chun, 2016). A young girl befriending a gigantic genetically modified pig destined for human consumption in Okja (Bong Joon-ho, 2017). A tug-of-war in which the far end of the rope disappears into the sky in The Endless (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, 2017).

It’s all there. You just have to know where to look!

Jeremy Clarke’s writing on movies currently appears in Reform magazine and All The Anime among others. Print journalism being a pretty dirty business, many of the magazines in which his work has appeared regularly are sadly now no longer with us, notably Films And Filming, What’s On In London, Manga Max (formerly Manga Mania), Home Entertainment, Starlog (UK edition), Top (the Tower Records magazine) and Third Way magazine.

You can get in touch with Jeremy on twitter @ukjeremyclarke.


Other posts by Jeremy Clarke
Motherless Brooklyn
A detective with Tourette's attempts to unravel a housing corruption mystery in 1957 New York City, in this magnificent literary adaptation - in cinemas from Friday, December 6th [Read More...]

Extreme Job (Geukhanjikeob)
A bungling bunch of cops take over a fast food chicken restaurant to watch a gang of criminals in the building opposite in this hilarious, South Korean genre-bender – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Scattered Night (Heuteojin Bam)
A not so happy family. A little girl and her brother must decide which parent each of them wants to live with when their mum and dad split up – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Judy & Punch
That's the way to do it! Puppeteers Mr Punch and his wife Judy are reimagined as residents of a 17th century town in this bold, Australian outing - in cinemas from Friday, November 22nd [Read More...]

Green Snake (Ching se)
Two snake sister spirits, the white snake and the green snake, enter our world to discover the mystery of human sexual love – from the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

Ieoh Island (Iodo)
An acquitted murder suspect visits the island birthplace of his alleged victim to learn about the latter’s life and the strange, ritualistic, matriarchal society that still exists there – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Aimless Bullet (Obaltan)
Former soldiers and others struggle with the effects of post-war economic depression in the newly constituted South Korea – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Height Of The Wave (Pa-go)
The arrival of a new police chief on an island poses difficult questions about an orphaned teenage girl – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Little Monsters
One, two three, eyes on me! A resourceful kindergarten teacher keeps her school trip under control when they unexpectedly encounter hordes of flesh-eating zombies - in cinemas from Friday, November 15th [Read More...]

A Woman Judge (Yeopansa)
A woman becomes a judge at a time when women in such professions is unheard of – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Goryeojang
Goryeojang is the concept of taking your elders up a mountain when they reach 70 so that they can face death – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Grass
A woman with a laptop sits in a cafe observing and writing as individuals and couples come in, talk and go out – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

The Pollen Of Flowers (Hwaboon)
A man brings his gay lover to visit the family household with disastrous consequences – dirty Korean classic shows at the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

North Korean Partisan In South Korea (Nambugun)
Gritty account of the Korean War based on the memoirs of a North Korean soldier shows at the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Bloodline (Hyeol-maek)
Three families face tough times in post-war Korea, but the way their young people deal with it suggest things will improve – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

A Day Off (Hyuil)
A man passes the boredom of Sunday in Seoul by spending time in the park with his lover, robbing an old schoolmate then going out drinking and womanising in bars – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Earthquake Bird
Turning Japanese? A Western woman in Japan finds herself at the centre of a web of sex, intrigue and quite possibly murder - thriller starring Alicia Vikander is in cinemas from Friday, November 1st [Read More...]

The Pool
Sink your teeth into THIS! A man and his injured girlfriend are trapped on the bottom of a drained swimming pool with a crocodile – Thai movie shows at the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

Exit
A skilled climber must help his trapped family escape from a skyscraper surrounded by a rising cloud of toxic gas – from the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), on now [Read More...]

The House Of Us (Woori-Jip)
Prepubescent girl forms a surrogate family, as she watches the relationship between her parents collapse – from the BFI London Film Festival and the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

Black And Blue
When a rookie cop with a body cam witnesses fellow officers commit a brutal murder, she must get the incriminating footage back to the station before they can stop her - in cinemas from Friday, October 25th [Read More...]

White Snake (Baishe: Yuanqi)
A young man falls in love with a demon resembling alternately a woman and a giant snake, in this Chinese animated feature – from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Wet Season
A Singaporean schoolboy becomes obsessed with his Mandarin language teacher – from the BFI London Film Festival and the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF). [Read More...]

Gemini Man
Send in the clone! Old Will Smith is hunted by young Will Smith in a movie filmed with groundbreaking cinema technology - in cinemas from Friday, October 11th [Read More...]

House Of Hummingbird (Beol-Sae)
A teenage girl in Seoul, Korea, 1994, comes to terms with life on a number of levels - personal, family, social, political  – from the BFI London Film Festival and the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

To The Ends Of The Earth (Tabi No Owari Sekai No Hajimari)
As a Japanese TV journalist works with a Japanese camera crew in Uzbekistan, she meditates on her life and career - from the BFI London Film Festival and the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

Joker
Put on a happy face. Batman spinoff is a remarkable origin story / character study of one of that franchise's great villains, starring Joaquin Phoenix - in cinemas from Friday, October 4th [Read More...]

The Prince’s Voyage (Le Voyage Du Prince)
Different simian races, a captive foreign prince in a Victorian-styled city and a mysterious, jungle beyond make up this animated slice of French fantastique – from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

I Lost My Body (J’ai Perdu Mon Corps)
A severed hand searches for its body while a boy searches for the girl who he only knows from the sound of her voice in this French animated feature – in cinemas on Friday, November 22nd and on Netflix from Friday, November 29th [Read More...]

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil
Better the devil you know. A no-nonsense cop and a ruthless gangland boss join forces to catch a serial killer in this South Korean thriller – in cinemas Friday, November 15th [Read More...]

Skin
As a white supremacist thug becomes romantically entangled with a single parent mum, his lifestyle and view of the world begin to unravel - in cinemas from Friday, September 27th [Read More...]

Hope Frozen
Memories are made of this. If your child is dying of brain cancer, simply freeze the body until science overcomes death - fascinating Thai documentary premieres at the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Bombay Rose
Life and love at the bottom of the pile in Mumbai rendered in colourful and thoroughly appropriate 2D animation, Indian style – from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Farewell
Based on a real lie! Upbeat film about family and terminal illness subtly explores the vast, cultural gulf between West and East - in cinemas from Friday, September 20th [Read More...]

Ad Astra
When extraterrestrial pulses threaten to destroy life on Earth, a man must travel into space to confront the suspected perpetrator: his father - in cinemas from Wednesday, September 18th [Read More...]

Night Hunter
A castrator of paedophiles using a teenage girl as bait helps a detective estranged from his family catch a serial sex killer - in cinemas from Friday, September 13th [Read More...]

Aniara
The social fabric on board a large spaceship headed to Mars threatens to break down following a narrowly averted space collision in this intelligent sci-fi thriller from Sweden - in cinemas from Friday, August 30th [Read More...]

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
A story of Hollywood set in 1969 mixes elements of historical truth with fictional events and characters to epic effect - in cinemas from Wednesday, August 14th [Read More...]

Holiday
As a young woman hangs out with her gangster boyfriend and his entourage on the Turkish coast, a mixture of sex and violence is never far away - English-language Danish production is now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Chambermaid (La Camarista)
A woman works long hours within a vast Mexico City hotel complex and rarely sees the world outside - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

Tell It To The Bees
A lesbian, romantic drama set in post-war Scotland, a time when such things were frowned upon and never discussed, is on VoD on Monday, November 11th [Read More...]

Memory: The Origins Of Alien
A detailed examination of the ideas and personalities behind Dan O'Bannon, H.R.Giger and Ridley Scott's classic 1979 SF shocker Alien is in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Never Look Away (Werk Ohne Autor)
German boy wishes to become an artist, but his desire is affected by the events of WW2 and its aftermath, in possibly the best narrative piece you will see this year - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Support The Girls
The general manager of the Double Whammies sports bar must contend with all human life in the course of a particularly trying day - American comedy is now available on VoD [Read More...]

Anima
An innovative, 12-minute one-reeler made with musician Thom Yorke of Radiohead is in cinemas from Wednesday, June 26th and on Netflix from Thursday, June 27th [Read More...]

In Fabric
A red dress bought from and returned to a department store wreaks a terrible fate on its serial owners in a film much stranger and more worthwhile than it sounds - now on Curzon Home Cinema [Read More...]

Marona’s Fantastic Tale (L’Extraordinaire Voyage De Marona)
Dying in the middle of a busy road, a dog looks back on her life and the series of people who owned her in this unusually vibrant and colourful animated movie from Annecy [Read More...]

Memorable (Mémorable)
An ageing painter and his wife struggle increasingly to cope with the former’s advancing dementia in this short CG / puppet animation from Annecy [Read More...]

Drive (Pulsión)
The family unit breaks down irreparably in this riveting and stylish CG short echoing Von Trier, the Quays, Hitchcock and Lynch – from the Annecy Festival [Read More...]

Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles
2D animated drama-doc details the reasons for and struggles of Luis Buñuel to make the documentary Land Without Bread - live from Annecy [Read More...]

Gloria Bell
Lelio remakes his Chilean drama about the eponymous 50-something divorcee with Julianne Moore in the title role - in cinemas from Friday, June 7th [Read More...]

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
Fantastical, giant creatures Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Mothra and Rodan battle it out on land and sea, leaving cities devastated in their wake - in cinemas from Wednesday, May 29th [Read More...]

Default (Gukgabudo-ui Nal)
Drama fictionalises the economic crisis of mid- to late 1990s' South Korea and the role played by banking, government and speculators – teaser screening from the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) [Read More...]

Naach Bhikhari Naach
This documentary showcases Naach, a form of Indian folk theatre, and talks to surviving, veteran performers of the troupe of playwright Bhikhari Thakur - in cinemas from Sunday, May 19th [Read More...]

Tucked
An ageing drag queen dying of cancer with weeks to live takes a younger, new kid on the block under his wing - British film dealing with gender fluidity and death is now on DVD and the major VoD platforms! [Read More...]

Arctic
Odds of survival below zero. Crashed airman must make his way across a frozen wasteland back to civilisation pulling a barely conscious, female helicopter pilot on a stretcher behind him - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Long Shot
Would you go all the way (for the USA)? A US Secretary Of State hires a nerdy speechwriter to help her win the Presidential election in this romantic comedy - in cinemas from Friday, May 3rd [Read More...]

Dragged Across Concrete
Refrigerator. Dead rat. Dirty characters exhibit misogyny and racism in this bleak vision and slow burning, edge-of-the-seat thriller - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A Deal With The Universe
After his partner has a breast removed because of cancer, a trans man decides to become pregnant with their baby and documents his attempts to do so as a video diary - in cinemas from Friday, April 12th, and on VoD on Monday, April 15th [Read More...]

The Keeper (Trautmann)
The (not-so-) beautiful game. A WW2 PoW who becomes Manchester City’s goalkeeper is faced with anti-German prejudice both on and off the pitch - in cinemas from Friday, April 5th [Read More...]

The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian)
Border crossings of no return. A Chinese teenage girl who regularly travels from Shenzhen into Hong Kong becomes involved with a gang smuggling iPhones across the frontier - in cinemas from Friday, March 22nd and playing in the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF) [Read More...]

Captain Marvel
The Marvel Cinematic Universe delivers its first film with a female protagonist, in one of the most anticipated movies of the year - in cinemas from Friday, March 8th [Read More...]

Out Of Blue
New Orleans cop investigates the murder of renowned astrophysicist, in unconventional police procedural reflecting on trauma, memory and repression - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A Private War
Narrative feature chronicles the later career of larger than life war correspondent Marie Colvin who met her end in Syria - now available on VoD [Read More...]

If Beale Street Could Talk
A heartbreaking romantic drama adapted from a James Baldwin novel tackles racism at the very heart of the US - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
"Sincerely yours, Noël Coward"! Real life story of broke biographer Lee Israel who discovers there’s money to be made from literary forgery boasts unexpectedly nuanced performance by Melissa McCarthy - in cinemas from Friday, February 1st [Read More...]

Love Sonia
A rural Indian girl wishing to find her sister who has been sold to Mumbai finds herself tricked into working in a brothel, with no hope of escape - in cinemas from Friday, January 25th [Read More...]

Glass
The hero from Unbreakable and the villain from Split are captured and incarcerated in a maximum security psychiatric facility, and the outcome isn't pretty - in cinemas from Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

Mary Queen of Scots
A tale of two kingdoms. As Queen of Scotland in the turbulent 16th century, Mary must contend with her cousin Elizabeth I of England in order to stay alive, in po-faced historical epic - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Passenger
Jack Nicholson plays a TV journalist who commits identity theft and travels around the world in a dead man's shoes, in Antonioni's splendid essay on self-deceit - in cinemas from Friday, January 4th [Read More...]

The Favourite
Greek director delivers auspicious drama set in Britain 300 years ago about social climber attempting to become the Queen's advisor, but the film lacks the dirty genius of his early works - in cinemas from Saturday, December 29th. [Read More...]

1985
Not just another colourful Christmas movie! Beautifully shot in grainy black and white, family drama explores the Aids epidemic and Christian values in Texas in the 1980s - in cinemas from Thursday, December 20th, and then on VoD on Monday, December 24th [Read More...]

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da Xiang Xi De Er Zuo)
In this extremely bleak and yet powerful account of survival in modern-day China, four separate lives implode even as they intersect in a rundown town - on VoD on Monday, December 24th [Read More...]

Tides
A thousand shades of grey. Four friends take a barge holiday on the canals of Southern England, captured in glorious black and white cinematography - in cinemas from Friday, December 7th [Read More...]

Disobedience
A promiscuous and rootless woman who has escaped from the strict North London Orthodox Jewish community returns following the death of her rabbi father - in cinemas from Friday, November 30th [Read More...]

Postcards From London
A teenage hopeful comes from the sticks to London’s Soho and finds himself working as a rent boy talking to punters about paintings - on VoD on Monday, December 10th [Read More...]

The Return
Koreans sent abroad for adoption return to South Korea to try and locate their birth parents, in profoundly moving fiction feature based on the director's own experience - from the London Korean Film Festival, on now [Read More...]

Alive (Sanda)
A harsh life made worse. An austere existence, work problems and difficult family issues combine to make one man’s rural life almost unendurable – from the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), on now [Read More...]

The Price Of Everything
Things money just can buy! Doc about contemporary art market – the artists, the dealers, the buyers – poses questions about the dual natures of both art and capitalism - in cinemas from Friday, November 16th [Read More...]

The Journals Of Musan (Musanilgi)
Boy from the North Country. North Korean defector living in South Korea struggles to survive in the black economy, with scant help from those around him or people at the church he attends – from the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF), on now [Read More...]

Outlaw King
Robert the Bruce's 14th Century ascendancy to the Scottish throne in the face of despotic English rule is the subject of latest film by the director of Hell or High Water - in cinemas as well as on Netflix from Friday, November 9th [Read More...]

Mothers (Dangshinui Bootak)
Like mother, like son. A woman informally adopts the teenage son she's not seen for more than 10 years – from the London Korean Film Festival, on now [Read More...]

Microhabitat (So-gong-nyeo)
The price has gone up. Yet again! A woman who wants nothing more from life than to be able to enjoy whisky and smoking enacts a radical plan to combat everyday inflation – available on Mubi for 30 days only [Read More...]

Shoplifters (Manbiki Kazoku)
Sleight of hand. A family of small time criminals takes a little girl into their care when her parents appear not to want her – Palme d'Or winner is now available on VoD [Read More...]

Foreboding (Yocho)
Loving the alien. Again. Japanese director reshapes his earlier Before We Vanish into an effective drama which plays out as an edge of the seat, sci-fi alien invasion thriller - from the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), on now [Read More...]

Intention (Geunal, Bada)
Fascinating, crowdfunded documentary meticulously and rigorously explores the nautical and technical details of exactly why Korea's Sewol ferry sank - – from the London East Asia Film Festival (LEAFF), on now [Read More...]

Meerkat Moonship (Meerkat Maantuig)
Looking to the stars. A white South African teenage girl obsessed with a family curse befriends a mysterious, mute, black boy building a makeshift spaceship  – from the Schlingel International Film Festival [Read More...]

River’s Edge (Ribazu Ejji)
Down by the river. Teen drama set in a Tokyo high school concerns sex, gender, identity and a mysterious corpse – now available on Netflix! [Read More...]

Edhel
What's under the hood? A teenage girl training for a show jumping competition wears a hoodie to keep her head covered and gets bullied at school  – from the Schlingel International Film Festival [Read More...]

They Live
No independent thought. Consume. Do not question authority. But who are the people sending these messages and what do they want? - John Carpenter's often overlooked dirty gem is in cinemas from Friday, October 26th [Read More...]

Cam
You are softcore, you make me hard… An erotic webcam performer discovers to her horror that her online presence has been hacked by an unknown rival, in film conceived by real-life cam artist – from the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and on Netflix from Friday, November 16th [Read More...]

Border (Gräns)
Someone just like me. A customs official meets her soulmate and discovers unexpected truths about both herself and him in Sweden's remarkable Foreign Language Oscar entry – from the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and now on Amazon Prime, DVD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

Fahrenheit 11/9
Switch around the numbers. Showman-cum-documentarian Moore turns his attention to Trump's ascendancy – from the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and now available on VoD [Read More...]

They Shall Not Grow Old
The horrors of war, in yet another dimension: British archive footage from The Great War converted into 3D accompanied by extracts of the accounts of British and Empire soldiers who fought there – from the 62nd BFI London Film Festival and in cinemas on Friday, November 9th [Read More...]

Orphée
Acquitted by mirrors! Rereleased two thirds of a century on, Cocteau's reimagining of the Greek legend of Orpheus remains as dirtyliciously magical as ever - in cinemas from Friday, 19th [Read More...]

Little Forest (Liteul Poreseuteu)
The passing of the seasons. A young woman finds her true self in the Korean countryside in this adaptation of a Japanese manga; the outcome is dirtylicious and it will make you drool, for more reasons than one - from the BFI London Film Festival (LFF) and the London Korean Film Festival (LKFF) [Read More...]

Find This Dumb Little Bitch And Throw Her Into A River (Vind Die Dome Trut En Gooi Haar In De Rivier)
Privacy in the age of internet exposure. An act of animal cruelty on a video goes viral with terrible, unforeseen consequences – from the Schlingel International Film Festival [Read More...]

Pony And Birdboy (Puluboi Ja Ponin Leffa)
From the horse's mouth! Sweet preschool fantasy deals with a young girl's fear of going to school and the imaginary friend she conjures up in order to avoid it – from the Schlingel International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (Das Schönste Mädchen Der Welt)
Cyrano de Bergerac gets a welcome makeover as a German high school movie featuring rap music – from the Schlingel International Film Festival [Read More...]

22 July
A bombing, a massacre and a reckoning. Paul Greengrass' cinematic recreation of the 2011 terror attacks in Norway and their aftermath in the lives of those caught up in those atrocities - in selected cinemas and also on Netflix on Wednesday, July 10th [Read More...]

Ederlezi Rising
Serbian Sci-Fi shot in the English language in which a male astronaut becomes dissatisfied with the female android programmed to satisfy his every desire on a deep space mission - from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Hex
I put a spell on you. An American holidaying in Cambodia falls for a compliant girl who seems to good to be true – from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Daddy’s Girl
Three's a crowd. Horror thriller about a couple luring women from bars into their torture chamber echoes US military practices in Iraq - from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

A Crimson Star (Makka Na Hoshi)
Bonding above the clouds. An emotionally damaged teenage girl reconnects with a former nurse now working as a prostitute, and a crimson paraglider becomes a symbol of their smooth yet distant relationship – from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Major Arcana
The house that Dink built. A man returns to the woods near his hometown in Vermont (United States) to build a cabin, but his mind is on a relationship he walked out on years ago – from the Raindance Film Festival [Read More...]

Tehran Taboo
The whore, the madonna and the one-night stand. A rotoscoped drama in which three women in very different social situations struggle to survive the sexually repressive regime that is Tehran - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Climax
Uppers and downers – either way blood flows. Arthouse enfant terrible Noé combines technical skill and singular focus with some of the most spectacular dancing ever put on film to produce a dark and challenging vision of hell on earth - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Hurricane
With the British RAF being decimated in the Battle of Britain, its squadron of Polish fliers turn the tables on the Germans - in cinemas from Friday 7th September [Read More...]

The Man From Mo’ Wax
Turn, turn, turn. Music documentary charts the career of James Lavelle and the rise and fall of Mo Wax records, UNKLE and more - now also available on VoD [Read More...]

Anchor And Hope (Tierra Firme)
The rhythms of the waters of life. A lesbian couple living on a London barge decide to have a baby with the help of a visiting, Spanish, male friend – now available on VoD [Read More...]

Along With The Gods: The Last 49 Days (Singwa hamkke: Ingwa yeon)
Ye gods and little fishes! A dead soldier enters the afterlife where his suitability for reincarnation gets evaluated, while godly envoys are sent to Earth on a bizarre mission – from the London East Asia Film Festival, and also in selected cinemas from Thursday, August 16th [Read More...]

The Eyes Of Orson Welles
Pawn, Knight, King, Jester. A spoken letter to the great director in which Welles’ own, hitherto unseen drawings and paintings provide a radical new entry point into his life and art - previews with director Q&A from Sunday August 12th, in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]

The Escape
I want to break free! Gemma Arterton is trapped in a stultifying suburban marriage and motherhood from which she seeks a way out – now also available on VoD [Read More...]

Extinction (Extinção)
A Citizen Of Nowhere? A Transnistrian national (a self-proclaimed country no other nation recognises) travels between various Eastern Bloc countries and talks about national identity with the people he meets on the journey, on hypnotic black and white film – in cinemas from Friday 20th July [Read More...]

Resolution
First time lucky? Benson & Moorhead’s ultra-low budget debut feature both anticipates and ties in with THE ENDLESS – out now as a second disc on the Blu-ray & DVD of The Endless [Read More...]

The Deer Hunter
Are you "man" enough to shoot? The lives of three Pennsylvania steelworkers are changed forever by their brutal experience at the Vietnam War - anti-war classic back in cinemas on Wednesday, July 4th [Read More...]

The Endless
Second time lucky? Two brothers who escaped from a strange desert cult decide to go back for a second look, which may prove to be their undoing – in cinemas & digital HD on Friday, June 29th and on Blu-ray & DVD from Monday, 2nd July [Read More...]

The Happy Prince
Like Oscar, Like Rupert! Rupert Everett writes, directs and stars as Oscar Wilde in the disgraced playwright's final years following his time in prison for committing homosexual acts – out on all major VoD platforms on Monday, October 15th [Read More...]

All The Wild Horses
Devils on horseback! Documentary follows competitors and organisers from round the globe on the Mongol Derby, arguably the hardest horse race in the world – in cinemas Friday, June 8th [Read More...]

Solo: A Star Wars Story
Jeremy Clarke unearths the dirt in Disney's latest addition to the lucrative Stars Wars trilogy, and hazards a guess that the saga will continue for a very long time - in cinemas from Thursday, May 24th [Read More...]

2001: A Space Odyssey (50th anniversary, 70mm)
“Dave, do you mind if I ask you a personal question?” The sci-fi movie considered by many the greatest ever made returns to UK cinemas in 70mm 50 years after its original release - exclusively at London's PictureHouse Central for two weeks from Friday May 18th [Read More...]

The Cured
Us and them. Following an outbreak that turns people into flesh-hungry zombies and filled Northern Ireland with prejudice against 'cured' zombies, the government has re-established basic law and order. But at what cost? - in cinemas from Friday, May 11th [Read More...]

Revenge
It's a man's world. Or is it? A predictable male fantasy switches gear to bloody thrill ride when a woman turns the tables on a group of men perpetrating violence against her – available on VoD from Monday, September 10th [Read More...]

The Endless
Never go back. Watch a kaleidoscopic marvel, the extraordinary, new online trailer for the latest film by (and featuring) independent filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead - in cinemas and digital HD on Friday, June 29th [Read More...]

Mary And The Witch’s Flower (Meari to Majo no Hana)
Japanese sensibility, British accent. The first animated feature from Studio Ponoc, created by people previously working at Ghibli, is fine, elegant and moving. But there's also a problem with it. A very British problem! In cinemas Friday, May 4th. [Read More...]

Jiří Brdečka: Master of Czech Animation
Watch the trailer for a rare outing for the short films of Czech animation director Jiří Brdečka - the screening takes place at London's Regent Street Cinema on Monday 30 April 30th [Read More...]

Avengers: Infinity War
To infinity and beyond! Numerous heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe descend on one movie to confront the deadly supervillain Thanos, but is there anything dirty about Disney's latest endeavour? Out on VoD on Monday, August 20th [Read More...]

Big Fish & Begonia (Dayu Haitang)
Born this way, reborn that way! Groundbreaking Chinese fantasy animation follows girl who transforms into dolphin and fights to bring a boy back to life, in a story about rebirth in different shapes and forms - in cinemas from Wednesday 18th [Read More...]

The animated life of Isao Takahata!!!
One of the most subversive and singular voices of Japanese animation and the co-founder of Ghibli has sadly passed away at the age of 82; huge fan Jeremy Clarke looks back at his fascinating life and achievement - and what made his films different from everyone else's! [Read More...]

Ghost Stories
The British triptych of paranormal activity! A sceptical TV professor seeks rational explanations for three paranormal goings-on… but he’s out of luck, in exceptionally dirty horror starring Alex Lawther - available for digital streaming on Monday, August 20th. [Read More...]

Ready Player One
Get your game on. Spielberg heads back to the future using Tye Sheridan as his avatar inside a visually lavish virtual world stuffed with 80s pop culture references and dirtylicious resonances – now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse)
Three's a crowd: three flashbacks explore a man's memories, particularly the love of his life. In cinemas from Friday 16th March [Read More...]

Crowhurst
Britannia’s psyche goes under! Another film maps out the real life story of Donald Crowhurst, who left home the heroic underdog on a competitive round-the-world boat race and never came back - now also available on VoD [Read More...]

You Were Never Really Here
Go in with a hammer, come out with a high body count and a teenage girl: Joaquin Phoenix is the antihero sent into Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s terrifying American underworld – now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Profilers: Gaze into the Abyss (Blick in den Abgrund)
What is it that goes through their heads? Hard-hitting documentary about the men and women whose job it is to study serial rapists and killers is available on VoD from March 5th, as part of the Walk This Way collection 2018 [Read More...]

The Nile Hilton Incident
Egyptian thriller reveals a widespread network of corruption just before the Arab Spring, but sadly the story lacks a little flare - now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Mary Magdalene
Attempt at retelling the story of Jesus from a fresh perspective takes the apocryphal Gospel Of Mary as its source is engaging enough for non-religious people, but it remains to be seen whether people will interpret it as a feminist movie - on VoD July 9th [Read More...]

Three horrific short movies
Edgar Allen Poe, psychological terror, plus a touch of supernatural and comedy. These three, very different horror/suspense shorts Lock In, Bricks and Ghosted, all scripted by Jamie Russell and directed by Neville Pierce, are dirtylicious delights - out on Vimeo from Monday 5th Feb [Read More...]

Phantom Thread
There are more things in needle and thread! Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film is a dark and sumptuous drama set in Britain about a 1950s ladies’ dress designer and the two women behind his success. And an apparition! In UK cinemas from Friday [Read More...]

Downsizing
It’s a small world (after all)! Husband and wife Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig are shrunk to miniature size along with many other volunteers in an attempt to cut down consumption of the Earth’s limited natural resources – in cinemas [Read More...]

The Post
The White House versus the press. Set in the 1970s, Steven Spielberg’s journalistic epic tells the story of The Washington Post and the Pentagon Papers – available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars
Sex, drugs and the blues: The life of famed guitarist Eric Clapton has been plagued by a catalogue of personal tragedy, obsession, addiction and rejection. Yet he was saved by his music - in cinemas from Friday [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Kiyoshi Kurosawa
The prolific and uncategorisable Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa reveals his influences, talks about the creative process and what genre he'll be working on next! [Read More...]

Glory (Slava)
Does honesty pay off in a society riddled with corruption? Bulgaria’s latest Oscar entry is a double character study of a sympathetic, ordinary worker and a self-serving member of the elite political class - in cinemas [Read More...]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
The latest addition to the Star Wars franchise offers a visual spectacle and is one of the series’ best entries, with new places, odd creatures and a Jedi heroine in the pole position, amongst other dirty treats - in cinemas on Thursday [Read More...]

Most Beautiful Island
Immigrants, shake your money maker! A foreigner trying to survive in New York with no money stumbles upon a opportunity which sounds too good to be true – now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Mad World (Yat Nim Mou Ming)
Mental health is no child's play: all the odds seem to be stacked against a father’s struggles to care for his bipolar adult son, in a film that's a sharp comment on Hong Kong's failure to care for the most vulnerable [Read More...]

Bill Frisell: A Portrait
Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell is a unique talent, a shy man and an extraordinary individual about whom fellow musician turned director Franz has made a remarkable film – now on DVD, BD and VoD [Read More...]

Metalhead (Málmhaus)
This is hardcore! Teen compensates for her brother’s untimely death by adopting his heavy metal music albums, clothing and guitar playing, in Icelandic drama – watch it now on VoD [Read More...]

A Dirty Carnival (Biyeolhan Geori)
As GoodFellas as it gets! Yoo Ha’s gangster film compares favourably to Scorsese’s classic on many levels, an underrated dirty gem of Korean Noir – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la Chambre Noire)
In the realm of the seances: French outing for Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is a strange, meditative ghost story which straddles both cultures – watch it now on VoD [Read More...]

Two Doors (Du Gae-Ui Mun)
Is this the Korean Grenfell Tower? Threatened eviction, SWAT, lethal building fire: compelling documentary about the Yongsan tragedy in which a police raid on a group of housing protesters went horribly wrong – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

The Remnants (Gong-Dong-Jeong-Beom)
Revisiting the Korean towering inferno: follow-up doc to Two Doors, has survivors of the Yongsan tragedy released from prison to tell their side of the story and grapple with the resulting emotional and psychological problems – from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

The Receptionist
Asian sex workers form a cohesive immigrant community within the wider world of English-speaking London, in convincing drama out in cinemas Friday, July 20th. [Read More...]

Perfect Blue
How do you improve on perfection? A terrific and terrifying experience that redefines the boundaries of animation, Satoshi Kon’s identity crisis psycho thriller returns to UK cinemas this Halloween [Read More...]

Before We Vanish (Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha)
Loving the alien: three humans claiming to be aliens steal ideas from people’s heads as they prepare for their race’s forthcoming invasion, in an unabashedly bizarre blend of comedy, romance and sci-fi – on DVD and digital HD on Monday, February 11th [Read More...]

The Fortress (Nam Han San Seong)
Korean period, winter war movie in which a besieged King, his court and his army decide whether to negotiate or fight as the enemy approaches – the opening film in the London East Asia Film Festival [Read More...]

ManHunt (Zhuibu)
Celebrated Hong Kong director John Woo builds one incredible action set piece on another, perfectly integrating them into his visual storytelling and bravura cinematic style, this time set in Japan - a late addition from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Memoir Of A Murderer (Sal-In-Ja-Eu Ki-Eok-Beob)
A k-thriller with a memorable premise: serial killer with Alzheimer's suspects man dating his daughter is also a mass murderer - at the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Wrath Of Silence (Bao Lie Wu Sheng)
Fist of parental fury: mute villager fights hard to find his missing son in rural China, in a film teeming with extraordinary social commentary and... fighting!!! From the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

78/52
Oh, mother, mother, what have you done??? Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the 78 set-ups and 52 cuts that comprised the infamous shower scene, in this very dirty doc about Psycho - on DVD and BFI Player [Read More...]

MFKZ (international title: Mutafukaz)
Urban dystopia has never looked as colourful as in this fast-paced, street-smart, animated, French-Japanese co-production - in cinemas Thursday, October 11th [Read More...]

Pecking Order
Who’s got the Eggs Factor? Chicken breeders compete both for best bird in show and to run the local bird club in this eggstraordinary New Zealand documentary – in cinemas [Read More...]

On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről)
See you in my dreams! Golden Bear winner is an oneiric romance set against the unlikely backdrop of an abattoir - now showing on Mubi [Read More...]

mother!
Maverick visionary Aronofsky’s psychological horror has a spoonful of Polanski, a dash of Hitchcock, a pinch of Kubrick and even a squeeze of Ken Russell, all topped with a sterling cast – it just premiered at Venice and is out in cinemas on Friday [Read More...]

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa)
Do you know what it feels like for a girl? Urban teenage boy and countryside girl repeatedly swap bodies overnight, as fate draws them together through a meteor strike. Makoto Shinkai’s breakout animation returns to cinemas, and is now for the first time in IMAX [Read More...]

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
The movie Trump and May DON'T want you to watch: follow-up documentary sees Al Gore travel the globe to explore the latest developments on climate change, and the message is terrifying - in cinemas [Read More...]

A Ghost Story
Despite the movie title, this flick starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck is not your average ghost film, but instead a slow-burning and provocative essay on the meaning of existence - on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

The Ghoul
Officer Jekyll and Mr Hyde - psychological thriller weaves a complex web of characters and a police procedural which folds back in on itself. Welcome to the strange, confusing and compelling world of The Ghoul - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Wish Upon
Deep dive into the wishing NOT well!!! Teenager stumbles upon a Chinese music box that makes wishes come true – unaware that it also extracts a horrific price for each deed - from Friday [Read More...]

Dunkirk
Dunkirk is a film miracle: read Jeremy Clarke's verdict of what he describes as "the likely film of the year" and a gauge of "British conformism, value judgments and prejudice" - in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Genocidal Organ (Gyakusatsu Kikan)
Playing dirty war games: US troops carry out raids in war-torn European countries where genocide has been socially engineered, then relax off-duty to pizza and television - out in cinemas [Read More...]

The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono no ko)
A tale of two worlds: a young boy is abducted into the parallel Beast Kingdom in order to be apprenticed by their future ruler, then as a teenager becomes torn between the two societies - finally on DVD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

Baby Driver
Guess who's behind the wheel tonight? Baby and his music. He's in the hands of fate, but he's not going to hand himself over on a plate - dirtiest music thriller of the year is in cinemas now! [Read More...]

In this Corner of the World
A shock to the system: animation examines a young Japanese woman’s life in wartime up to and including the atomic bombing of Hiroshima - in cinemas this week [Read More...]

My Life as a Courgette (Ma Vie de Courgette)
French stop-frame animation about a young boy admitted to an orphanage following the accidental death of his mother deals with deep-seated social issues - now on DVD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rouge)
Japan’s Studio Ghibli backs a European-made animated tale without dialogue about a man marooned on a desert island and... a red reptile - now on DVD and Blu-ray [Read More...]

Detour
Should I stay or should I go? Smart thriller wherein a man’s life is literally split in two as he chooses between an ill-advised road trip to Vegas or staying at home with his hated stepfather - now on DVD and VoD [Read More...]

Alien: Covenant
The latest Alien franchise entry is an effective horror sci-fi, teeming with shocks, scares and twists, but it lacks the mythological depth of 'Prometheus' and the twisted sexual connotations of 'Alien' - finally on iTunes! [Read More...]

Harmonium
Tuning the pump organ: Japanese thriller in family drama clothing has a man’s old friend just released from prison teach a child how to play a music instrument, to devastating consequences - in cinemas this week [Read More...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Hollywood eye candy with grime lovingly rubbed into its very fabric: second outing for Marvel franchise Guardians Of The Galaxy is unexpectedly and refreshingly dirty and subversive - out in cinemas [Read More...]

The Transfiguration
An extraordinary portrait of teen angst, framed by the character of a boy obsessed with vampires and set in a bleak and soulless housing estate in New York [Read More...]

Destruction Babies
In the streets and shopping malls of a Japanese city, an unstoppable man punches his way through anyone who stands up to him and fights. You too will be punched in the face! Out now on Blu-ray and DVD [Read More...]

I am Michael
James Franco plays real life gay rights activist, magazine publisher and blogger Michael Glatze who undergoes a crisis of identity and religion to become a straight, married Christian pastor - out now on DVD and VoD [Read More...]

A Silent Voice
Groundbreaking and innovative Japanese drama about school children, bullying, remorse, isolation and self-loathing. And it’s animated. [Read More...]

Get Out
She’s white, he’s black, they’re urban, he needs to meet her parents who live in a house on a huge estate out of town. His question: are they racist? - now now DVD, Blu-ray and VoD [Read More...]

The Creeping Garden
You wouldn’t make a documentary about slime mould unless you found it fascinating. These two filmmakers clearly do so and their enthusiasm is likely to win you over [Read More...]

The Student
An obsession with the Bible drives a Russian secondary school student towards dark designs in a film with both religious and political ramifications. [Read More...]

Patriot’s Day
A docudrama covering the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, the citywide manhunt that ensued and the lives of professional and ordinary citizens caught up in that day and its aftermath - now on iTunes [Read More...]

T2 Trainspotting
Trainspotting’s four male protagonists run into each other two decades later; the outcome is a nostalgia fest over-reliant on the convoluted plot and gimmicks of the original film [Read More...]

Endless Poetry (Poesía sin Fin)
Jodorowsky’s second film in his autobiographical cycle takes up where The Dance Of Reality left off, following his life in Chile as a young man as he defies his family to live as a poet - out in cinemas on Friday [Read More...]

Silence
Scorsese questions and tests the unwavering faith of the hidden Christians of Japan, and our allegience to the director remains just as steadfast - read our verdict on the director's latest movie, out on New Year's Day [Read More...]

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