By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

Filmmaker Ladj Ly’s feature-length fiction debut LES MISERABLES captured the attention of the masses, causing quite a stir — for someone people had been deemed to be a relatively unknown artist until now. His debut began its journey by winning the esteemed Jury Prize at Cannes 2019, it then swept up a variety of prizes at the César Awards before landing Ly his first Academy Award nomination, for Best International Film.

Ly, however, is no stranger to the world behind the camera nor is he absent of the talent to build an enticing and unique world through…


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

If you haven’t already heard, a little film called Rocks is finally hitting cinemas on September 18. And we are thrilled. It’s an incredible exploration of resilience, girlhood and inner-city London life. At its core, it’s a film that centres around its cast and their performances. The six young girls may not be faces you’ve seen before — but we can assure you that once you’ve seen the film, you’ll want to see them again.

Rocks follows teenager Rocks (Bukky Bakray) who fears that she and her little brother Emmanuel (D’angelou Osei Kissiedu) will be forced apart…


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

Breakthrough actor Djebril Zonga stars in Ladj Ly’s debut feature film, Les Misérables. But it’s not that Les Misérables. This is not a musical — there’s no Hugh Jackman this time around. Yet Ly’s Les Misérables is incredibly reminiscent of Victor Hugo’s classic, exploring the themes of politics, dysfunction and how we address the often blurred lines of law enforcement within local communities.

Zonga himself is a man of many talents, having previously pursued a successful career as a footballer before forging a triumphant career as a model — walking the catwalk for Jean Paul Gautier and…


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

Thinking of heading to the cinema this weekend? Why not unwind with a few cocktails, your gals and a couple of tickets to Stage Mother? We can’t promise you won’t smudge your mascara though as this campy, feel-good film offers a multi-layered emotional experience. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry or maybe you’ll just have a total eclipse of the heart…

If you don’t know by now, Thom Fitzgerald’s Stage Mother follows a conservative church choir director who inherits her late son’s drag club in San Francisco. What starts out as a journey to understand her son, fast becomes…


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

Derrick Borte’s Unhinged marks the return of the ‘blockbuster’ to the big screen. There’s something unmatched about the cinema experience. It’s something that can never quite be replicated, no matter how good your mates home cinema setup might be. After all, the cinematic experience is built on the small things that ultimately make a big impact. Be it the shared experience of the unknown, the freshly popped corn, or the comforting glow of the screen as you’re shrouded in darkness. We’ve certainly missed it and we’re sure you have too. But you’re in luck as from today…


Your Dragucation Starts Here.

Ahead of the release of Stage Mother, we have compiled ten films that explore drag culture in its different variations. Beyond the world of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, there are so many films that offer an insight into the fascinating and beautiful world of drag. We couldn’t pick a ranking as we love them all, so dive in, explore and immerse yourself in some drag herstory with our ten top picks for your next movie marathon.

Number 1: The Birdcage


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

Simon Tindall has an impressive array of credits, that span from the coast of Cornwall (Fisherman’s Friends) to the heart of Lancashire (Northern Soul). His keen eye for detail and his ability to shine a spotlight on the poignancy of the real world combine to offer a collection of naturalistic displays of emotion throughout his work. And Simon Bird’s Days Of The Bagnold Summer is no exception to this.

In light of the recent release of Simon Bird’s directorial debut, we asked Tindall to select his four perfect shots from the film and offer us an insight…


By Madeleine Finlay-Hudson

It’s been a while, but boy are we glad that cinema is making a comeback! There’s something about the experience that you can’t quite match. The aroma of freshly popped corn, the bustle of people — all equally excited to catch that new release, the comforting glow of the screen in a darkened room and the anticipation of not knowing where you’re going to be transported over the next few hours. It really is magical. So, blow out your popcorn-scented candle, open the blinds, turn the telly off and get down to your local cinema. …


David Freyne’s Dating Amber focuses on Eddie and Amber, two teenagers living in a small Irish town in the 1990s. Both of them are struggling with inner turmoil about their sexuality, whilst trying to survive high school and move forward with their lives. Together, they make a pact in which they will ‘date’ one another until school playground politics and small town mentalities become a thing of their past.

You might recognise Fionn O’Shea from his recent turn as Jamie in the critically acclaimed Normal People. However, there’s not a coupe or flute in sight this time. Fionn stars as…


Benjamin John Power (Blanck Mass) — (blanckmass.bandcamp.com)

Benjamin John Power has had an impressive career spanning over sixteen years — both with his band Fuck Buttons and a solo career under the pseudonym ‘Blanck Mass’. Nick Rowland’s Calm With Horses marks Power’s first venture into feature film scoring, with his skill and talent combining to offer a refreshing and exciting new venture for the electronic music composer.

We sat down to talk with Power to discuss the incredible score he produced for Calm With Horses and the things he’s learnt from this promising new collaboration.

Given your musical background and this being your debut in scoring for…

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