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  • post 'Ripe for disruption': female film-makers rally for industry overhaul - 18 June
  • From a toolkit inspired by Asia Argento to a feminist tattoo parlour, BFI?s Women With a Movie Camera summit offered inspiration ? and a call to actionAva DuVernay may not have been at the BFI Southbank in London this weekend, but her films and her words were. Not to mention the number of people walking around with her name emblazoned on their chests. The film-maker?s assertion that ?activism is inherently a creative endeavour? was quoted more than once from the stage at the Woman With a Movie Camera summit. And it?s an idea that works just as well forwards and backwards. For many women in the film industry, simply creating can be an act of disruption or activism in itself.The theme of the day, which included panels, presentations and performances, and took over all four screens of the BFI Southbank, was power ? and how to change the unbalanced power dynamic in the creative industries. In that light, it was a disappointment that activist and model Munroe Bergdorf, booked as the event?s keynote speaker, was unable to attend. While signatories of an online petition had objected to a trans woman having a platform at the event, the speakers and organisers of the summit signalled their support of her invitation, standing on stage together when she was due to speak, in a gesture of solidarity, to applause from the audience. ?Her words would have set the tone for reclaiming the BFI as an inclusive space with radical potential,? said Observer film critic Simran Hans in a statement. Holly Tarquini, executive director of FilmBath, also noted how Bergdorf?s name was mentioned admiringly in each panel, and said: ?It?s essential that we celebrate when women like Munroe Bergdorf are given a platform by public organisations.? Continue reading...
  • post Evil spirit that haunts scary movie Hereditary is the gene genie - 18 June
  • Ari Aster?s horror triumph feeds off suppressed fear that we cannot escape our biological fate ? leaving audiences unnervedWarning: contains spoilersOn the face of it, Hereditary is a slice of silly supernatural hokum replete with the threadbare tropes of the genre. However, Ari Aster?s debut scarer has nonetheless struck a nerve: it seems to linger in the minds of those who see it. Why?Many horror films (Blair Witch, The Babadook, It Follows) jog the Jungian subconscious to tickle merely fanciful fears. Others (Carrie, Don?t Look Now, Get Out) dare to touch upon real-world terrors. Often, it?s the latter whose spectres persist. Continue reading...
  • post Gotti, Escobar, Manson: Hollywood's problem with real-life criminals - 18 June
  • The release of two critically panned films about criminals with fascinating backstories highlight the difficulties of adapting theatrically villainous charactersIn death as in life, John Gotti?s a hard guy to pin down. The John Travolta-led biopic simply titled Gotti entered US theaters over the weekend, in the culmination of a long journey fraught with mishaps. The initial plan was a release straight to video back in December, until distributor Lionsgate decided to abandon ship 10 brief days before the slated release, throwing the film?s future into jeopardy. Lionsgate sold the rights back to the producers and left them to land a new benefactor, which they found in Vertical Entertainment (the same label that will quietly shepherd Billionaire Boys Club, the film containing what will in all likelihood be Kevin Spacey?s final leading performance, through multiplexes this August) and, in an inexplicable first, overnight phenom ticket retailer MoviePass. This new deal came together in time for the world premiere last month at the Cannes film festival, where press screenings were unceremoniously cancelled at the last moment, leaving only an exclusive gala premiere few critics were permitted to attend. As ever, nothing sticks to the Teflon Don. Related: The eight most criminally awful things about John Travolta's Gotti Continue reading...
  • post Wild thoughts: what do wilderness films tell us about our sheltered lifestyles? - 18 June
  • Films such as Leave No Trace that profess to be about an alternative way of life have more in common with the suburbia of The Truman Show than they seemWhen I see a movie about people trying to live alternative lifestyles, I think of the travel agency Jim Carrey visits in The Truman Show, with its alarming poster of an airliner getting struck by lightning, accompanied by the slogan: ?IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU!? A similar deterrent seems to be in operation whenever people reject conventional ways of living in the movies. More often than not, the parents go crazy, the kids are screwed up and you come out of the cinema thinking: ?Well, I?m glad I didn?t try that!?For all its merits, Debra Granik?s latest film Leave No Trace can?t help but agree. It?s the story of a father and teenage daughter who live off-grid in the middle of a national park. Despite their minimal carbon footprint, it is not exactly a sustainable lifestyle: they are evicted by the authorities; dad (Ben Foster) is a traumatised war veteran who can?t cope with ?civilisation?; daughter (Thomasin McKenzie) discovers what she?s been missing ? like friends. Continue reading...
  • post Inside the real Studio 54: Sex balconies! Liza Minnelli! No hats! - 18 June
  • Full of rollerskating Wall Street Bankers, tabloid fixtures and postwar frivolity, a new documentary reveals the social backdrop of the famous club Related: Studio 54: heady daze of disco decadence ? in pictures Continue reading...
  • post 'A tale of two crises': a husband and wife document Europe's refugee crisis - 18 June
  • The HBO documentary It Will Be Chaos goes inside the Italian island that is on the frontline of an international problemOn the arid Italian island of Lampedusa, known as the ?door of Europe?, 400,000 migrants have arrived by way of the Mediterranean sea in just the past two decades. With a population of 6,000 and an economy that runs on fishing and tourism, it?s emerged as an unlikely port in the storm of Europe?s immigration crisis, welcoming asylum seekers from Syria, Libya, Eritrea, the Gambia, the Maghreb, Sudan and Tunisia, whose coast is just 70 miles away. Related: What is the current state of the migration crisis in Europe? Continue reading...
  • post Harry rotters: Warner Bros cracks down on Potter fan festivals in US - 16 June
  • Studio says unauthorized commercial activity needs to be halted but fans liken move to Dementors sucking the joy out of funWarner Bros is cracking down on local Harry Potter fan festivals around the US, saying it is necessary to halt unauthorized commercial activity. Fans liken the move to Dementors sucking the joy out of homegrown fun. Festival directors say they will change the events into generic celebrations of magic. Related: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review ? thrilling Broadway transfer is magic Continue reading...
  • post John Travolta's screen portrayal of crime boss Gotti takes a pelting - 16 June
  • The film, directed by Kevin Connolly, scores a rare zero on the website Rotten Tomatoes
    Mobsters regularly face worse than a hail of rotten tomatoes, but John Travolta?s screen portrayal of the New York City crime boss John Gotti has taken quite a pelting. The film, directed by Kevin Connolly, has scored a rare zero on the well-known review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Continue reading...
  • post Blind film director Adam Morse?s dream comes true with Edinburgh debut - 16 June
  • A decade after he suddenly lost his sight, Adam Morse has made Lucid, a feature film starring Billy Zane and Sadie Frost. He tells of his hard path to successAdam Morse had always dreamed of becoming a film-maker and nothing ? not even the sudden loss of his sight ? was going to stop him. Now, almost a decade after he was registered blind, his first feature film, with a cast headed by Hollywood actor Billy Zane, is to receive its world premiere at the Edinburgh international film festival.Lucid explores dreams and reality and reflects Morse?s view that ?nothing can stop us from making dreams come true?. Observers say the fact that the 28-year-old has written and directed a film with only peripheral vision ? let alone with high-profile actors such as Zane, Sadie Frost and Laurie Calvert in it ? is extraordinary. Continue reading...
  • post BFI criticised for naming trans activist Munroe Bergdorf as speaker at women's summit - 15 June
  • Institute says it appointed Bergdorf to ?further the gender debate and encourage audiences to recognise the value of difference?The British Film Institute has come under attack for its decision to appoint the trans model and activist Munroe Bergdorf (who identifies as a woman) as the keynote speaker of its Woman with a Movie Camera summit, which is due to take place on 16 June.An open letter posted on the website ipetitions says Bergdorf?s role is ?an an insult to all the women film-makers who struggle on a daily basis to get their films made?. Referring to Bergdorf throughout as male, the letter says: ?We question the suitability of a male who has benefitted from the very structures we are critiquing as a speaker on the subject of women?s agency in relation to film-making ? What kind of cultural work is being performed when a male is speaking on behalf of women film-makers?? Continue reading...

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