On Be Kind Rewind

On Be Kind Rewind

'Once, walking down Kilburn High Road in 2017, I surprised myself by knowing all of the Oscar nominations Nicole Kidman had received. My roommate and I had watched Eyes Wide Shut the night before and discussed it as we headed out to run errands on a warm Saturday in spring. Casually, my friend asked if Kidman had ever won [...]

On Falling

On Falling

'A friend told me recently that she didn’t think of me as someone who fell. “I can’t picture it,” she said. “I’ve seen other people trip or end up flat on their face, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen you do it.” This was jarring to me. I felt I’d spent most of my [...]

In The Piano, Jane Campion and Holly Hunter navigate silence – ‘The Spool’

In The Piano, Jane Campion and Holly Hunter navigate silence – ‘The Spool’

'“The voice you hear is not my speaking voice,” Ada (Holly Hunter) explains inThe Piano’s opening voiceover. It is her “mind’s voice” explaining that she has been mute since she was six and no one, not even she knows why. There is no medical explanation, so those around her think her silence grows from sheer will, that [...]

On Feeling Stuck

On Feeling Stuck

"A third of the way through Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World, a woman stops time. Julie (Renate Reinsve) is a twenty-something woman looking for something to focus her and help her figure out what she wants from the world. She has fallen into a relationship with an older man, Aksel (Anders Danielsen Lie), [...]

On Clio Barnard

On Clio Barnard

'Few debuts in British cinema have been as bold and assured as Clio Barnard’s. The Arbor, released in 2010, is a film that defies easy categorisation, weaving between documentary, drama, re-enactment, adaptation, essay, and, at its core, an exploration of the Bradford-born writer Andrea Dunbar. The film, so named for the street that Dunbar grew up [...]

On Euphoria

On Euphoria

'Teen shows are not like they used to be. Gone are the days of Jessie on Saved by the Bell being “hooked” on caffeine pills to help her study, or Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air “accidentally” taking speed. It’s hard to imagine a lesbian kiss, much like Marissa and Alex shared on The OC in 2003, holding a lot of weight in the [...]

On Station Eleven

On Station Eleven

'Station Eleven begins with death. On stage, an actor, Arthur Leander, collapses while performing King Lear. From then on, the story follows several people connected to that death. There’s Jeevan, a freelance journalist, who is in the audience the night Arthur dies, and there’s Kirsten, a young child actor also appearing in the show, who watches him [...]

On Joanna Hogg

On Joanna Hogg

'A middle-class family enter a restaurant on Tresco, one of three islands that make up the Isles of Scilly off the coast of Cornwall. The place is empty, except for them, so they begin to decide where they should sit. One table is too dimly lit, another facing the wrong way. It would be nice [...]