Even Lovers Get the Blues | Laurent Micheli, 2016
- Reviewed by Emily O’Neil – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“In its sexual explicitness, Micheli’s feature succeeds in creating a great sense of intimacy between its characters and the audience without being too forced or distasteful. The honest- and at times awkward- portrayal of both sex and a desire to meet the needs of one’s partner allows us to sympathise with the emotional strain each character is facing and lets us find ourselves amongst them.
Even Lovers Get the Blues succeeds alone in its simplicity. Its cinematography is intimate and use of colour produces intoxicating visuals. Laurant Micheli’s theatre history adapts well to the screen, and the sexual freedom he decides to portray within the film creates a raw reality similar to what could be found on stage. Such liberation means that topics of fluid sexuality and the generational fear of the meaning of life are expressed freely and translate wonderfully towards audiences.”
- Even Lovers Get the Blues will be screened on Friday 17th March at 7.30pm, following a series of short films: The Pine Tree Villa; What About the Rent?; and Silence.
Hear the Silence | Ed Ehrenberg, 2o16
- Reviewed by Daniel Sheppard – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“With a cinematic style not dissimilar from an array films set in the Nazi occupation of Europe, Ed Ehrenberg’s Hear the Silence – otherwise known as Höre die Stille – is as original as it is a powerful piece of independent filmmaking. Though the film does take a somewhat gradual start, forgiveness can be found in its pleasing aesthetic value; this graduality further justified by the fact that it leads to the morally charged, harrowing narrative of Hear the Silence’s latter half. The sheer brilliance demonstrated in the final half of the film is perhaps best illustrated by Hear the Silence being nominated for Best Feature Film at Indie-Lincs 2017, and for very good reason too.
Indeed, films such as Hear the Silence have a tale to tell about WWII and the Nazi occupation, but they are certainly not lost in translation in our current day and age. As publics in Western society become ever divided in political upheavals – as persons become defined by their stances as opposed to their hearts and minds – the film offers a nihilistic window into our lives, filtered through a time and location that seems almost incomprehensible. The message is quite clear, presented in a film that depicts brutality in the most goreless of ways.”
- Hear the Silence will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 12.45pm, following a series of short films: #Not Guilty; Fallen Leaves; and At Dawn.
Kidnap Me | James Browning and Ross Aitken, 2015
- Reviewed by Luke Compton – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“The key scenario of the film has the couple tied up and ignorant to the fact that a pair of bumbling gangsters are behind their capture. A series of comedic encounters occur where the couple play along as if it was role-play while the gangsters are taken aback by their openness. It is this recurring scenario that really adds to the screwball nature that the directors intend for the film. The film is impressive from a cinematography front. It’s shot very well and tries hard to avoid the aesthetics of a low-budget independent film. I would say that Kidnap Me really comes into own by the halfway point. The climax certainly proved enjoyably stylistic and it makes the film very easy to enjoy. I was impressed by the style of the last act, it really adds to the screwball nature that the filmmakers are going for.
The acting in the film totally works for the intended effect. Genna Foden in particular adds a lot to the film. Her character plays up to these kinky scenarios and it’s clear that she’s having a lot of fun, without being at the expense of the film. I think the performances are enjoyable and they fit the intended archetypes.”
- Kidnap Me will be screened on Friday 17th March at 12.30pm, following a series of short films: Open Mike; We Could Have, We Should Have…; and Already Dead.
MAD | Robert G. Putka, 2015
- Reviewed by Tom Durrans – READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE
“The dysfunctional family is commonly portrayed in film, but not many films have the punch that MAD delivers. Phenomenal performances and a script that can switch from hilarious to heart-wrenchingly realistic in a heartbeat, make for a fantastic film about three women and the tough lives they live.
An array of acting masterclasses and a story that is as funny as it is heartwarming, Robert Putka has written and directed an absolute gem with MAD. It’s a film that can easily compete with the best of dramas.”
- MAD will be screened on Saturday 18th March at 8pm, following a series of short films: The Alan Dimenson; Last Call Lenny; and The Bathtub.