Category Archives: Transnational Cinema

Chaosmopolitan Cinema: Cinema, Globalisation, Holocaust

Yesterday (22 February 2017), the excellent scholar Celestino Deleyto gave a talk at the Centre for Research into Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton, London. In the talk, Deleyto outlined an argument that has also appeared in … Continue reading

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Lion (Garth Davis, Australia/USA/UK, 2016)

There is a sequence in Lion where Saroo (Dev Patel) and his soon-to-be girlfriend Lucy (Rooney Mara) walk to a party on opposite sides of the street. Lucy does a wee dance, and Saroo then copies her – the pair thus … Continue reading

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I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, UK/France/Belgium, 2016)

A brief thought about I, Daniel Blake, including **spoilers** (for which apologies). The film is about the title character (Dave Johns), who has recently had a heart attack. Although his doctors advise that he does not return to work, the company … Continue reading

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Adventures in Cinema 2015

There’ll be some stories below, so this is not just dry analysis of films I saw this year. But it is that, too. Sorry if this is boring. But you can go by the section headings to see if any … Continue reading

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Salvo (Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, Italy/France, 2013)

The below is a written version of an introduction that I shall make for Salvo at the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton this evening (Tuesday 29 April 2014). Come along if you can – though you may also have to suffer … Continue reading

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Notes from the LLF: 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, USA/UK, 2013)

If I linger on aspects of 12 Years a Slave that I feel do not work, it is because a very moving film might have been – in my humble opinion – an even better film. I shall take it … Continue reading

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Notes from the LFF: La jaula de oro/The Golden Dream (Diego Quemada-Díez, Mexico, 2013)

In a Q&A session after the screening of The Golden Dream, director Diego Quemada-Díez compared his film to a western. The film follows the journey of four youngsters travelling from Guatemala towards Los Angeles across Mexico – in a bid to … Continue reading

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