The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke – directed by Jillian Mayer and Lucas Leyva – 2011 – Raindance Film Festival – London

This was a fantastic short film I saw at Raindance Film Festival. The film is completely surreal and very comic, the design of the film is also wonderfully inventive. The film is made entirely of sets and much of the film is made of crude cardboard cut outs that are painted quite childishly. They also … Continue reading

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) – Directed by Pedro Almodóvar – 2011

  The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) is a 2011 film by the spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. The film tells the bizarre story of a man who creates a woman from a man he believes raped his psychologically damaged daughter who then killed herself. The man is also a brilliant scientist who through … Continue reading

Punch Drunk Love – Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson – 2002

I recently rewatched Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2002 film Punch Drunk Love. This is a beautiful film which is excellently crafted and an interesting story. Visually the film is stunning with a huge attention to detail particularly in the colour of the piece. The lead character Barry Egan (Adam Sandler) wears a blue suit throughout the film … Continue reading

The Making Of Us – Graham Fagen, Graham Eatough & Michael McDonough – Tramway 1 – GI Festival – 2012

Graham Fagen’s new work in association with the National Theatre of Scotland explores the relationship between an audience and a live event. The piece consists of a film set where performances take place with actors and a film crew and the audience become enforced ‘extras’. When the performance is not taking place there are various … Continue reading

Sculpture On Film: Object, Body, Action – Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art – GFT – Cinema 2

Eva Hesse – excerpt from Four Artists: Robert Ryman, Eva Hesse, Bruce Nauman, Susan Rothenberg – a film by Michael Blackwood This was a fascinating insight into the work of Eva Hesse as well as her personality. The film comprised of interviews with Hesse, critics, other artists and curators to build a portrait of her work … Continue reading

Sleep Furiously directed by Gideon Koppel – 2008 – Site – Place – Context

Sleep Furiously is a 2008 documentary on a small Welsh town Trefeurig, a farming town in the where Koppel grew up. The film looks at how the town is dealing with the changes of the modern world, the school faces closure and most shops and bus routes have been cancelled. This is a piece of work that … Continue reading

Loss – directed by Emily Penn – Documentary – 2010 – Site – Place – Context

Working with the sound I have recorded whilst at the Homeless Unit I thought back to a documentary I made in 2010 on Loss. The documentary consists of two interviews with an elderly man and woman who are actually my grandparents, Doreen and Frank. Through the interviews I compared their opinions on loss and greif. … Continue reading

Shame – directed by Steve McQueen – GFT2 -2011

Shame is the second feature film by renowned artist Steve McQueen, winner of the Turner Prize in 1999. McQueen has always experimented in film and used it as part of his art work, particularly in installation work, however it was not until 2008 when he released Hunger that he became a pure film maker. On the … Continue reading

Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine – directed by Marion Cajori – 2008

  Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine is a 2008 documentary on the sculptor Louise Bourgeois by  Marion Cajori filmed between 1993 to 2007. The film focuses largely on Bourgeois’ work but looks at how her experiences have changed her and how she creates her work, in particular her childhood and relationship with … Continue reading

The Kill List – directed by Ben Wheatley – 2011

The Kill List is the second film by a new promising British director Ben Wheatley. The film has received positive reviews and been well discussed in the media, however the main point of discussion was how the film could be categorised. Initially the film seems to be a mundane portrayal of two middle aged men … Continue reading