© 2018 by Patrick Sullivan

November 2, 2018

Originally published via Epigram

Rosamund Pike embodies the inspirational late war journalist, Marie Colvin, in this introspective biopic looking at the PTSD and alcoholism she suffered as well as the dangerous coverage she led in war-torn countries between 2001 and 2012.

New Yorker Marie Colvin was a frontline foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death, aged 56, in Homs, Syria in February 2012, coverin...

October 27, 2018

Originally published via Epigram

The divorce of parents is a harrowing experience for any child - especially one in their teenage years. Everybody knows it, and many have had to go through it themselves.

Actor-writers Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan were already an item before famously starring together in 2012 fantasy romance Ruby Sparks, and have reportedly had their first child. So it seems an odd choice for Dano’s first directorial...

October 21, 2018

Originally published via Epigram

Their adaptation of The Night Manager was a huge success in 2016 both in the UK and US, and the BBC hope this similar, star-studded joint effort with American network AMC will follow suit with the first episode airing on BBC One next Sunday, 28 October at 9pm.

The mini series, consisting of six, one hour episodes directed by Chan-wook Park, is based on John Le Carré’s 1983 spy novel set around 19...

October 19, 2018

Originally published via Epigram

In 2009, Oscar Grant, unarmed and aged 22, was shot dead by a police officer. It is one of many fatal incidents of police brutality against young black men that can be recalled from recent times. In 2013, Ryan Coogler, director of Black Panther (2018), made Fruitvale Station (2013), based on Grant’s final 24 hours. In 2017, Angie Thomas released a fictional novel for young adults called The Hate...

October 8, 2018

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),...

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