Michael Ewins


Voted for

Playtime1967Jacques Tati
Wavelength1967Michael Snow
EDVARD MUNCH1976Peter Watkins
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles1975Chantal Akerman
Five Year Diary1981 - 1997Anne Charlotte Robertson
U.S. Go Home1994Claire Denis
Ballet1995Frederick Wiseman
回路2001Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Twin Peaks2017David Lynch



1967 France

Synecdoche, Paris.


1967 Canada

Infinitely rewatchable. It may not sound like the highest or most personal compliment, but I find this film extremely productive to think about, and perhaps no other film has informed my thinking so much, so variously, and specifically, over so long.


1976 Norway, Sweden

The greatest biopic and the greatest documentary. It has impacted my work so fundamentally that I wonder if I'd ever have got started without it.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974 USA

The most honest American film.

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

1975 Belgium, France

I've only seen it once, on YouTube, split into 18 parts. It was one of the most transformative viewing experiences of my life.

Five Year Diary

1981 - 1997

“I was so overwhelmed with what I saw. I don’t think it’s me who is a film diarist: it’s you! It’s you! I was very very moved and I couldn’t sleep thinking about it.” - Jonas Mekas in a letter to Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1994

U.S. Go Home


Again, I've only seen this on YouTube, but I've seen it several times, and every time I find a new elbow, nape, or hand to focus on, and the emotion seems to shift completely.


1995 USA, France, United Kingdom

This list could have comprised 10 Wiseman's. I find it hard to think of a cinema without him.


2001 Japan

The greatest film yet made about our current century.

Twin Peaks


A very moving image.