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Feature On Location

On Location: Macclesfield in Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007)

Joy Division was always slightly apart from other iconic Manchester bands: darker, sharper and alienated from the swagger and mischief. As a band they were also geographically slightly apart. They hailed from and remained, largely, in nearby Macclesfield throughout their brief period together. As a young man Anton Corbijn created some of the most iconic […]

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Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: Tragic spectacle in Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012)

The pivotal narrative moment in Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone (2012) is an accident involving a killer whale that sees one of the film’s protagonists, Marion Cotillard’s whale trainer Stéphanie, lose her legs. The sequence clearly poses a test for the filmmaker. Should one render the act using CGI, or retain rawness and attempt to convey […]

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Feature On Location

On Location: The rain in London as featured in ‘Husbands’ (Dir. John Cassavetes, 1970)

Gus (John Cassavetes) and Mary (Jenny Runacre) jump out of a black London cab and into the sanctuary of Henry’s Soup Kitchen, a non-descript café, Gus pausing momentarily to throw the fare through the cab window, desperate that the incessant rain doesn’t touch him. The pair have spent the night together, sharing a complicated, fleeting […]

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Feature Four Frames

Four Frames: Panic Room (David Fincher, 2002)

It’s no real surprise to learn that David Fincher’s least favourite of his films are Panic Room and Alien 3. Both are films with powerful female leads where for once his masculinity is undermined by complex femininity. Pretty much the first words uttered here are by an arrogant male real estate agent, standing on the […]

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Feature Screengem

Screengem: C.C. Baxter’s bowler hat from The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)

From the moment Jack Lemmon’s C.C. Baxter dons his new bowler hat in Billy Wilder’s The Apartment the film changes into a very different beast to what has come before. Baxter’s rise from struggling clerk amid the core of the 19th floor to 2nd administrative assistant with his own office is swift. The endless nights […]

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Brilliant Failure Reviews

Brilliant Failure: Where The Wild Things Are (Spike Jonze, 2009)

Following the recent death of Maurice Sendak, Spike Jonze’ 2009 film of his seminal children’s book Where The Wild Things Are has been back in public discussion and consciousness and it’s proved a fascinating illustration of how death can shift commentary on works of art. The film is still fresh in the memory and so […]

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Feature Screengem

Screengem: The Cardboard Cut Out of ‘Angelica’ from Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970)

Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End evokes universal memories of the heady days of first love, as fifteen year old Michael (John Moulder-Brown) becomes ever more infatuated with his co-worker, the raven haired temptress Susan (Jane Asher). Erotic, atmospheric and off-kilter, Deep End washes over the viewer with a lightness of touch that belies the narrative’s dark […]