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On Location: London

To coincide with the London Film Festal 2014 The Big Picture is casting its eye back through London’s rich cinematic history, to explore some the films that have been set and shot in this iconic city. The following films have been selected from World Film Locations: London (edited by Neil Mitchell). The Blue Lamp (Basil […]

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Spotlight: Holidays

Holidays rarely go to plan both in real life and the movies, and as Rhys Williams and Cleaver Patterson find out when it comes to onscreen breaks there are often many different reasons why. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Dir: Jacques Tati By the early 1950s, Jacques Tati – perhaps France’s finest comic actor and director […]

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Spotlight: What’s Your Favourite Scary Movie?

What’s Your Favourite Scary Movie? Here at The Big Picture HQ, we thought it would be fun to ask some of our regular contributors what their top ten favourite horror movies are. Do you agree with our writers’ choices? Mark Fletcher Horror has been a staple part of my movie watching since I was a […]

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Australia: Backroads (Phillip Noyce, 1977)

Noyce collaborated on Backroads with Aboriginal activist Gary Foley, who, apart from his political actions such as the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in 1972, had also worked in theatre. As a result, Backroads is the first feature in which Aboriginal characters in major roles are neither romanticized nor patronized. Foley and […]

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Brazil: 5 x Favela, Now by Ourselves (Amaral, Barcelos, Bezerra, Carneiro, Felha, Novais, Vidigal, 2010)

The favela is still seen as a place of deprivation and negativity…

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Fan Phenomena: Heroes with issues: Fan identification with Batman

I realized that he was a ‘superhero’…he is just a man walking among gods, but he can take every single one of them out and they all know it.

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Poland: Tricks (Andrzej Jakimowski, 2007)

World cinema’s hidden gems handpicked by the Big Picture. When I asked the writer/director of Tricks/Sztuczki, Andrzej Jakimowski, about the freshness and originality of his second feature film within the context of Polish cinema, and about any influences on his well-received sophomore effort, he replied that there were no conscious forebears to whom he wished […]

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Fan Phenomena: Fashion from a galaxy far, far away

So there I was, standing in line, surrounded by a Sith Lord, a space rebel and a slave girl…

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Belgium: Man Bites Dog (Poelvoorde, Bonzel, Belvaux, 1992)

World cinema’s hidden gems handpicked by the Big Picture and well worth seeking out.