So Mayer

Keeping Mum

Keeping Mum

I spend a lot of time thinking about cinema and mothers, as one of the five co-founders of UK organization Raising Films, a campaign and community for parents and carers…
If I Could Fall Into the Sky

If I Could Fall Into the Sky

Watching a YouTube video of an actor at the London Film Festival talking about playing the lead in a film in which he is playing a filmmaker based on the…
Sex in Cinema

Sex in Cinema

Becoming Visible “What do you think of sex in cinema?” Well, it’s one way to close out the 2018 London Korean Film Festival. I’ve introduced, chaired Q&As for and been…
Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

At the end of September, amid the rage and heartache following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, US-based civil rights activist and podcaster Danielle Muscato asked on Twitter: “Ladies… What would…
Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Nanette is what I have been watching instead of new films this month. Or rather, even when I am watching new independent films–like Carla Simon’s Summer 1993 or Cláudia Priscilla…
For a Pink Glitch Cinema

For a Pink Glitch Cinema

On the very same day that Janelle Monáe’s 50-minute “emotion picture” for Dirty Computer dropped, Wanuri Kahiu’s second feature film Rafiki was banned in Kenya, shortly before its screening at…
A WRINKLE IN FILM

A WRINKLE IN FILM

Both Black Panther and A Wrinkle in Time are portal fantasies–-specifically, dealing in the fantasy that there is another world, a more just world, just beyond our reality. In Black…
A City Frozen in Time

A City Frozen in Time

To understand what has been revealed about Hollywood over the last few months--no, the last few years, going back to the leaked Sony emails that presaged the endemic discrimination that…
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…
  • 1
  • 2