Song of the Sea

Song of the Sea: An Ode to the Hand Drawn Line

At present the animation industry is globally dominated by CGI technology and it’s now incredibly rare that you’d see a hand drawn 2D feature film. Disney long ago gave up hand painted film cells to make way for the ease of computer generated productions. Pixar’s revolutionary style has been joined by other big name production…

By Laura Shearer
Iris Apfel

Iris: The Late Albert Maysles Examines Style Icon, Iris Apfel

Finding non-standardised beauty within the fashion industry seems an impossible task to set, but in the quirky style of Iris Apfel, the late Albert Maysles found his answer. Iris is well known as a ‘rare bird’ of fashion, she’s a style icon for accessory fans and couture lovers. You might have previously seen her in…

By Laura Shearer
The Salt of the Earth

Wim Wenders’ The Salt of the Earth: Sebastiao Salgado, Photographer

The global success of Sebastiao Salgado’s photography has been somehow condensed into one feature-length documentary, not that the film dilutes the power of his images in any way. Whether you’re a professional or amateur photographer, or just someone who appreciates photography, you’ll be amazed at the beauty and honesty of Salgado’s work. His story, as…

By Laura Shearer
Inside LLewyn Davis

Reviewing “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Enter The Gaslight Poetry Café 1961, smoky and atmospheric lighting highlights a dim stage and a singer under spotlight.  The surrounding audience is still except for some bar staff in the background and a few draughts of smoke barely taken in.  The onstage performer is giving it his all, completely heartfelt and eerily resonate.  The…

By Laura Shearer
Dracula (1958)

Dracula lives: On the joy of location screenings

The team at Belfast Film Festival have devised a programme of site specific location screenings called ‘The Haunted Screen’ as part of the UK wide BFI Gothic film celebrations. Over the course of November and December a series of unique film screenings are being held at carefully selected locations all over Northern Ireland. The films…

By Laura Shearer
Don Jon

Don Jon: A perverted examination of gender roles

Sex sells…or so advertising companies would have us believe. Don Jon sets out with what seem to be grand initial ideas of exploring the relationships between male and female ideals on sexual identity. The bigger questions of gender differences and how gender ideals correlate with opinions on standards for sexual behaviour and fantasies are also…

By Laura Shearer
The Wicker Man (1973)

BFI Gothic: The dark heart of film

The British Film Institute programmes seasons at the Southbank Centre London and special events around the UK often. It’s a key part of what they do, and they do it well. However, BFI Gothic is by far the most exciting season of screenings and events I’ve been witness to. The UK wide celebration of film…

By Laura Shearer