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No Borders, Only Roads

No Borders, Only Roads

How many roads must a man walk down / Before you call him a man? Joan Baez’s famous question, best known in Bob Dylan’s version, resonates throughout Sally Potter’s new…
Behind the Screen

Behind the Screen

What is the screen? It’s a question that seems both ever more pressing and ever more distant as we watch—half-watch? look through? look beyond? look ever more closely at?—films on…
Just a Little Green

Just a Little Green

There is just a little green in The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open. It’s late, wet spring in Vancouver: although one character says hopefully that she’s looking forward…
Burning Out His Fuse Up Here Alone

Burning Out His Fuse Up Here Alone

Floating in a swimming pool has become a new image of wounded masculinity: from the opening of Creed II to Pain and Glory via Rocketman, male protagonists surrender themselves to…
VAR par Agnès

VAR par Agnès

A year ago, I enjoyed one of the greatest nights of my life: watching extra time in the England-Croatia men’s football World Cup semi-final with filmmaker and France super-fan Agnès…
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…