on Monday, October 20, 2014
Words: Saam Das

'Tender' (2013)

The Australian industrial town of Port Kembla isn't one that was likely to make a name outside its homeland, but with Lynette Wallworth's documentary 'Tender', it may well do that - thanks largely to its well-meaning community. Their primary focus becomes the desire to take hold of responsibility for local funeral services, which is sharpened when a member of their active group is diagnosed with a serious illness.
Words: Saam Das

Over the last couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of attending the BFI London Film Festival 2014, which concluded last night with Brad Pitt-vehicle 'Fury'. Perhaps the best surprise of my festival came with an unannounced live acoustic performance following the UK premiere of Communion Records tour documentary, 'Austin To Boston' - featuring many of the artists involved. Watch Bear's Den combine with The Staves, Gil Landry, and India Bourne on the soaring 'Above The Clouds Of Pompeii' below.
on Sunday, October 19, 2014
Words: Saam Das

'Son Of A Gun' writer-director Julius Avery won a Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his 2008 'Jerrycan' short, as well as also picking up an AFI Award. Six years on and his feature directorial debut fulfils the promise of his previous efforts, delivering a deliciously entertaining and undoubtedly somewhat ludicrous heist thriller.
on Saturday, October 18, 2014
Words: Saam Das

Initially born as a session-based web series, 'The 78 Project Movie' follows Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Jones Wright as they travel across the US with their vintage Presto recorder, allowing the duo to capture unique sessions from a variety of musicians. At times, the results are magical, and even liberating despite the pressures of recording just a single take. Regardless, witnessing the analogue approach is wonderfully refreshing to both artist and viewer alike.
on Friday, October 17, 2014
Words: Lauren Johnson-Ginn

'In Darkness We Fall' (2014)

Although found footage horror may now lack the nail-biting fright factor it once had in its 'Blair Witch Project' heyday, director Alfredo Montero brings genuinely unsettling realism back to the genre with 'In Darkness We Fall' ('La Cueva') – a claustrophobic cautionary tale of cave exploration gone wrong.
Words: Saam Das

Stella Le Page upped sticks from London a good while back to set up home in Paris, perhaps inevitably due to her nom de plume. After a brief break from music, she thankfully returned recently with a slew of demos. 'Typical Virgo Stereotype' is another slice of bouncy synth-pop from this sassy solo artist.

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