Reactions to American Honey at Cannes 2016

14 May, 2016 Posted in: Cannes, Cannes, Festivals, Online, Opinion

The first screening for press of Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Competition entry American Honey has just taken place here at Cannes – we’ll be tallying reactions as they land, so keep refreshing the page for more throughout the night.

Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane star in Andrea Arnold’s drama about a troubled teen who finds her feet among a group of traveling magazine subscription salespeople. But what did the the critics think? Scroll down for our favourite reactions coming out of Cannes…

Update: full reviews are in – click to check out our round up of the best.

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Click here to check out the full reviews as they come in.




Happy 100,000th follower day!

08 Aug, 2013 Posted in: Online
The Look Of Love

The Look Of Love is out on DVD and Blu-ray

We know the usual approach when people reach a nice big round number of followers on Twitter is to reward some of those latest followers. We’re incredibly pleased to have 100,000 followers as of today, but we were thinking: what about the really loyal followers? The ones who’ve been with us since the beginning? Shouldn’t they get a surprise reward?

And so we’ve selected these five from the lovely people who started conversations with us in our first year on Twitter, back in 2009. These are people who chatted with us on Twitter in 2009, back when it was all hashtag puns and we were still called @channel4film. They will each receive a home theatre system including a Blu-ray player, and a copy of The Look Of Love, starring Steve Coogan, on Blu-ray (released on August 19th), and the book on which The Look Of Love was based. And the five lucky followers are…


@KevinPocock Author of ‘Three Sheets To The Wind: A Collection of Modern Poetry’. @Arsenal North Bank resident, @sabotagetimes and @poejazzi contributor.

@Rosebiscuit Writer, editor and blogger.

@ChrisRHE Husband, Father, cinephile, blogger, hornplayer, marketing strategiser. All opinions are purely What I Reckon.

@JamieRoss7 I would rather leave the house with no pants on than without antibacterial hand gel.

@v_for_vienetta Writes for @NewEmpress and @Live_for_Films. Horror, Jason Statham and Danny Trejo movies a specialty.


We hope @KevinPocock, @Rosebiscuit, @ChrisRHE, @JamieRoss7 and @v_for_vienetta all enjoy their gifts. Thanks to everyone who follows us, whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are just joining in the fun…


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Jeremy Lovering’s Sundance Diaries: part six

15 Feb, 2013 Posted in: Directors, Festivals, Guest blog, Online, Sundance

In Fear writer-director Jeremy Lovering shares his final thoughts on Sundance 2013 and bids a fond farewell to Utah…

Alice Englert and Allen Leech

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Day and Evening 4

I wake feeling good. This time I look in the mirror and all is calm. Everyone else is happy and they are heading off, leaving Sundance.

Allen is carrying the adoration of Downton Abbey fans with him to LA, Alice is going on the press tour for Beautiful Creatures, the producers and financiers are heading back to London or Paris.

I go up the mountain for breakfast. It’s beautiful. I’ve got some music on my computer that was being shared by a random guest at the hotel that I downloaded earlier. I’m guessing he / she is a snowboarder judging by his / her taste. It’s the kind of track that is amazing when you’re going at speed down the mountain but I know when I’m sitting on a bus in London’s grey winter it won’t feel quite the same.

But I like the fact that a stranger has given me a glimpse into who they are. I like that for this moment they have given me something without knowing it is making me happy.

It resonates with what I feel about the audience last night. I will always remember the look in their eyes.

I grab a lift back down the mountain with a random man. He tells me he is in Sundance trying to regenerate interest in his screenplay. He says he had Ridley Scott interested and now he has the Coen brothers interested. He says it like I should unquestioningly believe him, like why wouldn’t I believe him and suddenly unlike the anonymous and generous snowboarder I feel like he is trying to take something, not give something.

I can’t really explain that, but that’s what it felt like and it makes me sad.

Sundance is full of dreams and hope – there’s so much going on that I haven’t mentioned – the lunches and talks and panels and screenings and all that is part of the fabric that is exciting and positive –  amazing people from graduating filmmakers to veteran directors, indie actors to mainstream stars, wide-eyed short film producers to the impresarios of Hollywood  – but somehow here they all fit in, they all seem equally part of the Sundance experience that makes you happy to be making films.

But of course there is another side. And of course you can’t make any assumptions.

My last screening is in a bigger venue and maybe the encounter with that man has made me cautious.

Then it quickly dispels. The first gasp, the first nervous laugh and I relax.

The response is if anything even better than the night before. It feels great. Really great. And I feel really lucky. Again.

Maybe I’ve witnessed all the necessary parts of making movies laid out in stark detail – the ideas and creative force of the other directors, writers and actors, the brilliance and kindness of the Sundance programmers – John Nein, Trevor Groth, John Cooper, the seamless organization of Chelsea Rowe and all her team, the support and friendship of the financiers – Studio Canal and Filmfour, the brilliance and cleverness of the best producers – Nira Park and Matthew Justice, the bravado, fun and efficiency of publicists…

…But most importantly I’ve experienced the sheer joy of having reached an audience, seeing the thrill in their eyes and hearing the word ‘awesome’.

It’s like I’ve shared a piece of music in the ether and somewhere there is someone listening to it.
Oh, and I have also been up the mountain and received the blessing from the Sundance Kid.


Click here to browse Jeremy Lovering’s previous Sundance blogs