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Jake Sanders


A young Brit in search of the perfect anti-hero

Jake first got seriously into film during a teenage obsession with Paul Newman, specifically his character in Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenber, 1967). This led to the discovery of the early work of Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Jack Nicholson, who together formed a mould of anti-hero he found particularly compelling. His tastes have widened since then, but he maintains a particular affection for films like Badlands (Terrence Malick, 1973), On The Waterfront (Elias Kazan, 1964) and Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1971).

Although he often struggles to choose, when pressed for his current favourites Jake professes his love for Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas (1984), Wong Kar Wai’s Fallen Angels (1995), Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho (1991), David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), Olivier Assayas’ Irma Vep (1996) and René Clement’s Purple Noon (2013) – in no specific order.

He thinks that pessimism about the future of cinema is misplaced, and he also believes that contemporary cinema is filled with exciting new voices, even if they are operating outside of the mainstream. Anyone weeping about “the death of cinema” should familiarise themselves with the work of the Safdie brothers, Andrea Arnold, Lynne Ramsey, Barry Jenkins, Joel Potrykus, Jonathan Glazer, Ana Lily Amipour and other directors working outside of the tentpole movie industrial complex.

Since graduating from university, where he wrote his dissertation on the correlation between Twin Peaks (David Lynch, 1992) and American reactionary politics, Jake has applied his passion for film behind the camera. A feature that he assistant directed, Pleasureland, about a washed up minor celebrity searching for connection in a tired seaside town is currently in post-production.

Other posts by Jake Sanders
The Piano
Gothic Kiwi classic and landmark of female filmmaking celebrates 25 years in selected cinemas across the country; Jake Sanders puts on his 21st century glasses and takes a refreshingly dirty look at the masterpiece! [Read More...]

Studio 54
A-list celebrities, disco, glamour, hedonism and... ahem... tax evasion! Doc reveals all the dirty facets of the exclusive New York nightclub from the 1970s - now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

King of Hearts (Le Roi de Coeur)
Who are the real loonies? Scotsman sent to defuse WW2 landmines left behind by retreating Germans in France finds solace and sanity amongst mental asylum escapees - anti-war classic from the 1960s hits cinemas this Friday [Read More...]

Mansfield 66/67
The titillating world of an unlikely Hollywood diva! Tribute to the tragic and trashy diva Jayne Mansfield is a collage of apocryphal anecdotes, rumours and souvenirs - now on VoD [Read More...]

A Love That Never Dies
How can I go on without you? Documentary made by grief-stricken parents after the tragic and untimely death of their 18-year-old son deals with pain and modern ways of keeping someone's memory alive - available to watch online for free between January 11th to the 16th [Read More...]

A Violent Man
Is there a beast inside of him? Drama investigates the blurry line between violence inside and outside the ring for an MMA fighter, awkwardly raising the question whether the sportsman is intrinsically brutal and savage - on DVD May 8th [Read More...]

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