LFF: Jake Gyllenhaal Screen Talk

I was fortunate enough to get a ticket to Jake Gyllenhaal’s Screen Talk at the London Film Festival. It was a really insightful talk that covered the span of Gyllenhaal’s career, with interviewer Edith Bowman picking out interesting moments to hone in on, and asking thoughtful questions. The stage set up– two chairs around a…

Why ‘Wonder Woman”s Success is So Important

Wonder Woman has been both critically acclaimed and been smashing box office records. This success means so much more than it would for just any other superhero film, or any big budget release for that matter. As the first female superhero film (of this modern era), and the highest grossing film by a female director,…

Why Nolan Trailers are Good Trailers

Inspired by the release of the full (and excellent) trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk this week, I thought I’d take a look at what makes a good trailer, and why Nolan’s films are great examples of these. The trailer needs to entice the viewer into wanting to see the film, but not give so much…

It’s Red Nose Day Actually

Last Friday was Red Nose Day here in the UK, the biennial day dedicated to the charity Comic Relief (which Love Actually writer-director, Richard Curtis, is also a founder of) which does brilliant work to help those in need around the world. The highlight of this day is the all night telethon which features sketches…

The Bechdel Test

In honour of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d take a look at the Bechdel Test, what it is, and whether it is useful. The Bechdel Test is primarily used to examine the representation of women and whether their characters are people in their own right, or, effectively, ‘accessories’ to the men. In order for…