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Matt Turner

Matt Turner is a writer and programmer based in London. He has written for places including MUBI Notebook, Sight & Sound, Little White Lies, Variety, BOMB Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail, and runs the experimental film screening series LOST FUTURES.


Articles by Matt Turner

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  • 50 key anime films

    From the breakthrough of Akira in 1988, through the exquisite films of Miyazaki Hayao and others, Japanese animation has captivated audiences around the world. But anime’s history runs deeper still. Here we select 50 titles that celebrate its full, fascinating riches.

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    Polls and surveys

  • “If we burn, you burn with us”: a taste of Hong Kong’s protests in four films

    With no conciliation in sight, Hong Kong’s ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations have embraced the process of collective activism as a goal in itself, as Matt Turner finds from watching four recent documentaries made in the midst of the struggle.

    Wednesday, June 3, 2020


  • The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now

    From Kurosawa to Koreeda, we make some tough choices about the finest film of every year of Japanese film history going back to 1925.

    Thursday, May 14, 2020


  • Scottish documentaries look to the world

    Without bluster but with a determinedly international outlook, Scotland’s documentary industry is pointing to the future, report Chloe Trayner and Matt Turner.

    Friday, December 13, 2019


  • Animistic Apparatus: cinema for the spirits

    From Thailand to Berwick-Upon-Tweed, a group of artists are curating outdoor film screenings for non-human audiences: projecting movies in the black of night to the natural, and supernatural, world, writes Matt Turner.

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019


  • Reclaiming failure: Zia Anger’s My First Film performance

    When the filmmaker offered a live text commentary on a ‘failed’ work at Sheffield Doc/Fest, the process was breathtakingly intimate as it revealed the true costs of working in this industry, writes Matt Turner.

    Friday, June 21, 2019


  • Japanese experimental documentary now

    For its 2019 edition, Sheffield Doc/Fest spotlights the latest shapeshifting nonfiction cinema to emerge from Japan. Matt Turner sees the boudaries pushed.

    Saturday, June 8, 2019


  • Art within the machine: how machinima turns the camera on videogames

    People having been making movies out of videogame graphics since the technology first allowed players to press record. Whether fan homages shared online, pointed critiques or gallery pieces, these works are part of a thriving and fast-evolving practice, writes Matt Turner.

    Saturday, March 30, 2019


  • Blackout: sliding out of obsolescence

    The last Kodak carousel slide projector was manufactured in 2004, but artists continue to be inspired by them, as this exhibition of lost memories and forgotten pasts revealed, reports Matt Turner.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019


  • Can a documentary festival help open up Central Asia?

    The new Central Asian Documentary Festival wants to give voice to the former Soviet ‘stan’ republics, despite pressures that make it easier for foreign filmmakers to represent the region, reports Matt Turner.

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019


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