Sophie Mayer

Where Are You?

Where Are You?

Waru (2017) means eight in Māori: it’s a film made up of eight chapters, made by eight directors (all Māori women, ranging from the incredibly experienced Briar Grace-Smith to debut…
Leaving the Party

Leaving the Party

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign memoir is currently the 5th bestselling title on Amazon US. Its title, What Happened?, could also be given to Sally Potter’s thrilling new film The…
Towards Faces

Towards Faces

In her new film Visages, Villages (2017), co-directed with artist JR, Agnès Varda speaks on the voice-over of going “vers de visages,” towards faces. The documentary travels with Varda and…
Light, Writing

Light, Writing

It’s a cliché to say that cinematography means ‘writing with light’ – and equally a cliché to say that one of the things cinema struggles with most is showing writers…
Deaths, Men and… Sales

Deaths, Men and… Sales

Spoiler alert: Details from the plot of the Oscar-winning film The Salesman by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi are revealed below. It’s been twenty years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer first…
Back to their Roots

Back to their Roots

Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By the Time It Gets Dark (Dao Khanong) is not an easy film to describe – but then, it’s not an easy film to watch, starting as it…
Don’t Hardly Know Them

Don’t Hardly Know Them

It’s been a year and I’m still ear-wormed by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ 1981 cover of Crimson and Clover that plays "over and over" in Jennifer Reeder’s dreamy and…
No Sister Flower

No Sister Flower

Twenty-five years ago, my school friends and I became obsessed with a poem: “Love’s Philosophy,” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Or rather with its second stanza, as sent to the young…
 At Sea

At Sea

Black rhinos are critically endangered; middle-class straight white men are not – and yet, here they are on a yacht, in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s third film Chevalier, acting like they’re…
A Girl’s Own Adventure

A Girl’s Own Adventure

A mustang is a free-roaming horse of the American west, a descendant of Colonial Spanish horses that is officially referred to as feral. The word comes from the Spanish mesteño,…
#VanillaISIS: The Movie

#VanillaISIS: The Movie

It seems inevitable that the militia led by Ammon Bundy will soon be transformed into a big-screen story. These heavily-armed white men are currently occupying the federal Fish and Wildlife…