By Lewis Bayley

When contextualising what cinema distribution looks like in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to look back at adaptations the industry has made to facilitate sector sustainability and growth in other times of hardship and the changing nature of distribution.

The first case of a large interruption on the industry was expected to come along with the Wall Street Crash of 1929. To everyone’s surprise, between 60 and 80 million Americans visited movie theatres once a week during this time. [1] Though the experience for cinema-goers at that time was very different. For the…


Interview by Lewis Bayley

And Then We Danced follows ambitious dancer Merab in the traditional Georgian-dance Academy, as new arrival Irakli challenges his opportunity to join the National Ensemble. Directed by Levan Akin, the Swedish-French-Georgian co-production explores sexuality in a masculine, high-stakes environment with an incredible sense of craft, emotional reality and nuance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmjDLJ7dkHg

I had the opportunity to talk to director Levan Akin about the film, hot off the heels of the film’s Best Feature win at the Iris Prize Film Festival in Cardiff.

First of all, congratulations on the success of And Then We Danced, I’m sure its…


Interview by Lewis Bayley

When we did Guardians of the Galaxy we were all looking at each other goingWhat the hell is this? A talking raccoon and a talking tree?!

Luke Whitelock on the set of Princess Jasmine’s chambers for Disney’s Aladdin (2019) Dir. Guy Ritchie.

When it came to finding alumni working in the art department of the film industry today, there was no-one more qualified that we could ask to speak to than Luke Whitelock.

Luke Whitelock’s career has gone from strength to strength since his film break in 2005 on Elizabeth: The Golden Age, starring Cate Blanchett. His upcoming projects as Art Director include the long-anticipated follow up to Disney’s Maleficient and…


Written by Daisy Leigh-Phippard

We meet Berwyn, festival curator, film lover and curry-enthusiast in a meeting room overlooking the campus. The first thing he tells us about is his habit of going off on tangents, warning that we should stop him if he goes on for too long. Nina and I disagree, it’s tangents that are the most interesting thing when it comes to interviewing people. So, in honour of off-topic conversations, the first thing I ask Berwyn is about shooting on super 8 film when he was a kid. ‘It was just a fantastic thing because you had no…


Written by Daisy Leigh-Phippard

It’s a Friday, and Anna K. McCallum and I are in one of the lecture theatres laying out programmes, arranging chairs and setting up a banner for the Iris on the Move Film Festival. It’s pretty casual, even if we do have the 2018 winner of the Iris Prize sat in the front row chatting with us. The Iris Prize celebrates LGBT+ films and tours its showcase around the country. …


BAFTA-Winning Director of 2017 thriller ‘Beast’

Daisy Leigh-Phippard

‘I knew I wanted to go film school,’

Michael tells the sea of audience in front of us. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, I wrapped my graduation film the previous day, and now I’m sat beside my partner in crime A.K. McCallum at the front of the lecture theatre, a massive screen that just played our guest’s debut feature behind us. Now, director Michael Pearce tells us about why he came to the Arts Institute in Bournemouth (now AUB)to study his craft; ‘it was practically based, and you could specialise. …


I’m sitting in the production office, opposite a big screen playing a live feed to the main lecture theatre. There are some audio issues, but eventually, we can hear the excited chatter of students taking their seats, asking about summer plans, occasionally making hearts with their hands at the camera for us. A few minutes behind schedule, there’s thunderous applause that wipes out the audio quality and a little pixelated Edgar Wright walks into frame and proceeds to give the film students a Q&A.

It isn’t until hours later when I’m stood outside the room I’ve been directed to that…


Making a Murderer: Part 2 *SPOILER FREE*

Netflix’s serial documentary marvel ’Making a Murderer’ returns and is not holding back.

With the only glimpse of series two being a short audio tease, the follow up to the documentary phenomenon is shrouded in secrecy despite updates in the case being out in the public domain. The new series promises to take viewers behind the scenes of the new legal cases for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

Part 2 explores the media furore that surrounded the release of its first series almost three years ago. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos remind…


Making a Murderer: Part 2 *SPOILERS AHEAD*

Netflix’s serial documentary marvel ’Making a Murderer’ returns and is not holding back.

With the only glimpse of series two being a short audio tease, the follow up to the documentary phenomenon is shrouded in secrecy despite updates in the case being out in the public domain. The new series promises to take viewers behind the scenes of the new legal cases for Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey.

Part 2 starts with the media furore that surrounded the release of its first series almost three years ago. Directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos…

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