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Alden Ehrenreich on Hail, Caesar!

02 Mar, 2016 Posted in: Actors and Actresses, Interview

As Hollywood comedy Hail, Caesar! hits UK cinemas, Film4.com site editor Michael Leader speaks with actor Alden Ehrenreich about singing cowboys, the studio system and working with the Coen Brothers…

Alden Ehrenreich in Hail, Caesar!

Hail, Caesar! is a movie by and for movie lovers, and it’s packed with so many references and homages to Golden-Age Hollywood. Hobie Doyle, the ‘dust actor’, seems to be playing on the old Western archetype of the singing cowboy. Did the Coens ever say, …

Film4-backed films scoop 3 Oscars, including Best Actress and Best Documentary Feature

29 Feb, 2016 Productions Posted in: Academy Awards

Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Asif Kapadia’s Amy and Alex Garland’s Ex Machina are honoured at the 88th Academy Awards…

Films backed by Film4, the UK’s leading film development and financing company, took home major Oscars for three of its internationally acclaimed titles – Room, Amy and Ex Machina – at last night’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Brie Larson picked up the Best Actress award for Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Asif Kapadia’s Amy was honoured as Best Documentary Feature and Alex Garland’s …

Berlin 2016: Strike a Pose

20 Feb, 2016 Posted in: Berlin, Festivals, Opinion, Review

Catherine Bray finds Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan’s doc about Madonna’s Blond Ambition-era dancers moving and enjoyable

Look around everywhere you turn is heartache
It’s everywhere that you go
You try everything you can to escape
The pain of life that you know

These oh-so-familiar lyrics, from one of Madonna’s all-time bangers, ‘Vogue’, serve as a compressed description of the lives depicted in documentary Strike A Pose, though like the song, there’s a lot more fun to be had here than the …

Berlin 2016: Kate Plays Christine

17 Feb, 2016 Posted in: Berlin, Documentaries, Festivals, Opinion, Review

Catherine Bray is gripped by a blend of documentary and fiction exploring an anchorwoman’s on-air suicide in 1974…

Kate Plays Christine

Boy, is this a film that could have gone very wrong indeed. A risky subject matter (suicide), combined with a formally risky approach (half-fictional, half-documentary, all high wire act), combine in writer-director Robert Greene’s exploration of the 1974 on-air suicide of anchorwoman Christine Chubbuck, via the device of an actor, Kate Lyn Sheil, preparing to play her in a cinematic …

Berlin 2016: Homo Sapiens

13 Feb, 2016 Posted in: Berlin, Festivals, Uncategorized

We’re now three days into the Berlin Film Festival, and despite fierce competition from some hotly-tipped heavy hitters (including world premieres of Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special & Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things To Come, to name but two), the film that has made the biggest impression, and continues to stick with me, was one I saw on opening night: Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s Homo Sapiens.

Homo Sapiens is the perfect festival film. It is dialogue-free, and consists of a series of static camera shots from …