Film

LONDON BENGALI FILM FESTIVAL: brings the stories of Bengal and the Bengali diaspora to the capital. Founder and CEO Mansur Ali has made this fledgeling festival into the world’s largest Bengali film festival, outside of Bengal and it runs from 12-15 April at venues all over London. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/london-bengali-film-festival-2018/

 

A QUIET PLACE: is a pretty quiet film. In fact, after a couple of scenes, you’ll get the impression you are watching a silent movie.is a pretty quiet film. In fact, after a couple of scenes, you’ll get the impression you are watching a silent movie. Check out my film review of his sci-fi horror where no one is allowed to speak.‬ https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/a-quiet-place-film/

 

THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER: Yorgos Lanthimos, director of surreal 2015 feature Lobster, has a track record that suggests he doesn’t do mainstream movies and didn’t disappoint with the edgy, off-key The Killing of a Sacred Deer. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-killing-of-a-sacred-deer-film/

 

DIVERGE: Sci-Fi London 2017 comes to Stratford Picturehouse with some five-star short and feature film debuts. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/diverge-film/

 

STAR WARS, THE LAST JEDI: Whether you’re a Star Wars old timer who believes that there’s been nothing to touch A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi or a Gareth Edwards or J.J Abrams fan, you’ll soon agree on one thing – The Last Jedi has made the franchise a Force to be reckoned with again. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/star-wars-the-last-jedi-film/

 

HIGH RISE: For those of you unfamiliar with the film’s theme it is based on J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel of the same name which examines the disruptive emergence of a self contained society based in a high rise building. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/high-rise-film/

 

A CURE FOR WELLNESS: It’s certainly one of the strangest films you’ll see this year and will make you think twice about booking a weekend spa getaway at a stately gothic retreat in the Swiss Alps (as you do!). https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/a-cure-for-wellness/

 

LOVING VINCENT: Red-haired, bearded writer/director Hugh Welchman is a bit of a Van Gogh lookalike himself, well his efforts to produce the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film culminated in a UK premiere at the National Gallery on Oct 9 https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/loving-vincent-film/

 

MOTHER! Psychological thrillers are writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic fare but Mother! takes the genre to the next level. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/mother-film/

 

THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM: The setting of grisly serial murders in the Victorian East End will immediately conjure up visions of cobbled streets, cockney accents and a Jack the Ripper type concealing his crimes in those crime-ridden, poverty-stricken backstreets. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-limehouse-golem-film/

 

RAW: Never mind the subtitles, this French-Belgian horror-thriller has given the Anglo-American dominance of the genre a welcome shot in the arm. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/raw-movie/

 

ALIEN COVENANT: Paradoxically, the only problem with Alien Covenant is it’s a return to the great and familiar form of Ridley Scott’s successful Alien franchise.  https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/alien-covenant-movie/

 

ARRIVAL: If aliens landed on earth, all things considered they’d probably be a lot like the ‘creatures’ that hover above the 12 randomly selected geographical locations in this high concept sci-fi flick directed by Denis Villeneuve. Probably. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/arrival-film/

 

IT COMES AT NIGHT: OK: this zombie virus movie is not strictly horror and may have been given a horror title just to pull in the punters but it is still a class and a half above other 2017 releases in this genre. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/it-comes-at-night-film/

 

JACKIE: This movie about Kennedy’s death takes the perspective of his widow, the dignified and elegant figure of Jackie Kennedy played by Natalie Portman. See my review here. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/jackie-film/

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FANASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Well right here in my movie review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-them-film/

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THE NEON DEMON: A surreal and macabre thriller about the ‘cut-throat’ modelling industry Click link for my review http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-neon-demo

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FOR HERE OR TO GO: The independent US/Indian movie For Here or to Go had its UK premiere at the London Asian Film Festival on March 7 2016. Check out my review. http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/the-london-asian-film-festival-2016/

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FROM DRONES TO PHONES: Increase in digital technology and advances in smart engineering have led to startling new developments in film production – particularly at the consumer level. Smartphones now shoot better quality than high-end video cameras. https://whatshotlondon.co.uk/from-drones-to-phones-film-festivals-embrace-technology/

 

STEVE MCQUEEN: Check out my article about movie idol Steve McQueen’s sunglass selection during the making of his 1970s movie Le Mans. Click link http://www.selectspecs.com/fashion-lifestyle/steve-mcqueen-the-man-le-mans-his-style-legacy/

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WE THE PEOPLE FILM FESTIVAL: Check out my article about the United Nations Associations ‘We The People’ film festival. Click link http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/we-the-people-festival/

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DOWN BUT NOT OUT: A review I wrote about boxing documentary Down, But Not Out is in Culture Chronicle Magazine. It’s about four Polish female boxers preparing for their debut bouts. Click the link  http://www.culturechronicle.com/review-down-but-not-out/

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FILM-MAKING ARTICLE – Key-to-Fill Ratio
My article in Gorilla Film-maker Magazine is about different ratios of shadows when you light a subject and gets to the specifics of what the term Key-to-Fill Ratio actually means. Click the yellow link for full article. (The photo is from my forthcoming feature film ‘Capsule’) CLICK THIS LINK FOR ARTICLE

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FILM-MAKING ARTICLE – Chiarosucro Lighting
I am pleased to announce my article ‘Chiaroscuro Film Lighting’ how Renaissance Art influenced film lighting is in this issue of Gorilla Film Magazine. It explains how I used this lighting technique in my feature film Capsule and also covers film noir and great directors such as Cecil B. De Mille and Orson Welles. CLICK THE LINK HERE FOR ARTICLE

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FILM-MAKING ARTICLE – Mise en Scene A recent article I did on the film-making term Mise en scene (for independent film-makers magazine – Gorilla Film Mag) has been published. It is in issue 4 and the online copy.  CLICK LINK FOR ARTICLE

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