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Features

“We gave them too much power”: how Rocks became a gem by giving its young cast license to shine

A joyous but gritty tale of young female friendship in inner-city London, Rocks did away with the usual chains of filmmaking command, with director Sarah Gavron and writers Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson enabling the cast of teenage girls to tell their story in their own honest way.

By Simran Hans

“We gave them too much power”: how Rocks became a gem by giving its young cast license to shine
News

Vanishing directors: five of the best films at IDFA 2019

By Simran Hans

Vanishing directors: five of the best films at IDFA 2019
Interviews

Jordan Peele on Us: “I knew I was gonna forge new ground in the pantheon of doppelganger tales”

By Simran Hans

Jordan Peele on Us: “I knew I was gonna forge new ground in the pantheon of doppelganger tales”
Reviews

The Souvenir first look: Joanna Hogg’s potent self-portrait as a young artist

By Simran Hans

The Souvenir first look: Joanna Hogg’s potent self-portrait as a young artist
Reviews

Honey Boy first look: Shia LaBeouf unearths his own childhood trauma

By Simran Hans

Honey Boy first look: Shia LaBeouf unearths his own childhood trauma
Reviews

High Life first look: Claire Denis floats Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson in mortal space

By Simran Hans

High Life first look: Claire Denis floats Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson in mortal space
Reviews

Widows first look: Steve McQueen steals the heist genre

By Simran Hans

Widows first look: Steve McQueen steals the heist genre
News

Podcast: Six highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018

By Kelli Weston, Sophie Brown and others

Podcast: Six highlights of Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
News

Breaking the silence: Hot Docs 2018 addresses the #MeToo moment

By Simran Hans

Breaking the silence: Hot Docs 2018 addresses the #MeToo moment
News

The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks

By Geoff Andrew, Patrick Gamble and others

The best of Berlinale 2018 – the awards and our critics’ picks
Reviews

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. review: troubles of a pop tiger

By Simran Hans

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. review: troubles of a pop tiger
Reviews

Grass review: Hong Sangsoo explores the art of (writing about) conversation

By Simran Hans

Grass review: Hong Sangsoo explores the art of (writing about) conversation
Reviews

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot review: Gus Van Sant charts John Callahan’s winding road to redemption

By Simran Hans

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot review: Gus Van Sant charts John Callahan’s winding road to redemption
Features

Black Film, British Cinema 2017: from representation to radicalism

By Simran Hans

Black Film, British Cinema 2017: from representation to radicalism
Features

Screening it for themselves: young DIY British film programmers

By Simran Hans

Screening it for themselves: young DIY British film programmers
Reviews

Manchester by the Sea review: on the waves of grief

By Simran Hans

Manchester by the Sea review: on the waves of grief
10 great

Denzel Washington: 10 essential films

By Simran Hans

Denzel Washington: 10 essential films
Features

“Please stop this talent drain”: David Oyelowo’s plea for British film diversity

By Simran Hans

“Please stop this talent drain”: David Oyelowo’s plea for British film diversity
Reviews

Nocturnal Animals review: Tom Ford gets his junk on

By Simran Hans

Nocturnal Animals review: Tom Ford gets his junk on
Reviews

Moonlight first-look review: masculinity, differently

By Simran Hans

Moonlight first-look review: masculinity, differently
Reviews

A United Kingdom – first look

By Simran Hans

A United Kingdom – first look
Reviews

Free Fire – first look

By Simran Hans

Free Fire – first look
News

Closer: Sundance London 2016

By Simran Hans

Closer: Sundance London 2016
Where to begin

Where to begin with Whit Stillman

By Simran Hans

Where to begin with Whit Stillman
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10 great films about sisters

By Simran Hans

10 great films about sisters
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10 great films by really young directors

By Alex Davidson, Samuel Wigley and others

10 great films by really young directors
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10 great films about mothers

By Simran Hans

10 great films about mothers
Interviews

Innocence of Memories: ‘We had the Lonely Planet, but Orhan Pamuk was my guide to Istanbul’

By Simran Hans

Innocence of Memories: ‘We had the Lonely Planet, but Orhan Pamuk was my guide to Istanbul’
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10 great films from 1996

By Nikki Baughan, Michael Brooke and others

10 great films from 1996
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