© 2018 by Patrick Sullivan

January 4, 2019

First Man is a character study of Neil Armstrong in the eight years between the death of his daughter and the first moon landing, but the sensory filmmaking means it is so much more than that.

Damien Chazelle has established himself as a classic filmmaker in modern times. His two previous films - Whiplash (2015) and La La Land (2017) - will undoubtedly be remembered as two of the greatest films of the decade. Whatever Chazelle...

October 6, 2018

The Bristol based organisation, Unchosen, have now merged with Encounters Film Festival to ensure their important work reaches a wider audience.

10 years ago, Trish Davidson set up the national anti-slavery charity, Unchosen, in Easton with the intention of using powerful short films to educate people across the country about modern slavery. Now the charity has merged with Encounters Film Festival and Unchosen’s Modern Slavery...

September 21, 2018

This year, Encounters Film Festival conveniently falls on Freshers’ Week, and takes place at Watershed and other venues on Bristol’s bustling Harbourside. 

The event is a plethora of independent British and International cinema - mainly short films, animation, and, this year, virtual reality. There are also talks with successful filmmakers from previous programmes with Toby Macdonald, Dionne Edwards & Georgia Goggin, and M...

June 5, 2018

The reality TV sensation, Love Island, is back! The first episode aired at 9pm Monday on ITV2, though it’s fair to say all us students checked in online via the ITV Hub.

Love Island is the perfect show for social media, demanding live commentary every moment. ‘I can’t believe how shallow this show is,’ becomes, ‘No way is she mugging him off, they were the best couple!’ in approximately an hour and a half, with new fans devasta...

June 4, 2018

The University’s recently conceived and only practical filmmaking society, IN.Film prides itself on simply getting out there and creating content, whether it be short film, slightly longer short films, or mini-series.

This Wednesday (6th June) from 3pm onwards, the society are holding their first ever public showcase - and all of their work they have produced this year will be shown. Five short films, two guest speakers, and th...

March 20, 2018

Love, Simon is the latest film in the past few years to revive the reputation of high school coming-of-age films, but, revolving around a closeted gay protagonist falling in love with an anonymous fellow high school student, it is a necessary refresh which forefronts LGBTQ issues within the trusted genre formula.

Simon Spear (Nick Robinson) is a high school senior with a tight group of three friends, Leah (Katherine Langford),...

March 5, 2018

Well, what to say about the 90th Oscars ceremony? Deserved? Disappointing? Predictable? All of those may apply, especially in a year where many of the successes mirrored the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs, and the nominations raised the hopes for surprises.

Here are the winners of last night:

Best Picture The Shape of Water

Best Director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water)

Leading Actress Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outs...

February 26, 2018

In the first two months of 2018, Netflix has already produced 12 original feature length films. None, however, came with the credibility of its latest release, Mute. Directed by the BAFTA-winning Duncan Jones, who won Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Moon (2009), and starring Golden Globe winner Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd, and Justin Theroux, Mute is an exciting premise.

Set in the near-future...

February 19, 2018

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been painted as the real winner of the BAFTAs, winning five awards in London on Sunday night, but did anybody really win in the last major ceremony before the all-important Oscars?

To summarise, there were no real shocks as the five main individual awards (Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director) went to the same recipients as at t...

February 6, 2018

Lady Bird is a soon-to-be cult classic filled with quickfire quips and micro-consumable sequences.

Written and directed solely by esteemed indie darling and Baumbach collaborator Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird is the culmination of her working style so far and proves her charm offensive to offbeat audiences. ‘I just want to live through something,’ the central teen - real name Christine, but self-proclaimed Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) -...

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