January 2, 2017

Ken Loach: Another World is Possible

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"We'd like to encourage as many young people as possible to break the law and try and see this film." Paul Laverty, Ken Loach's long-term collaborator, ex-human rights' lawyer and Cannes award-winning screenwriter is talking about the 18 certificate their new film, Sweet Sixteen, has received. Loach, Laverty and Martin Compston, their lead actor, are in Leeds to launch the largest regional film festival in its 16th year. "We're really furious, we think its censorship. You know you can blow … [Read more...]

The Rest Is Just Propaganda: The Influence of Karel Reisz on the British New Wave

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Karel Reisz left a lasting legacy for British cinema through his work with the Free Cinema movement and his contribution to the British New Wave. And with Saturday Night and Sunday Morning he gave us the original working class angry young man. Karel Reisz arrived in England aged just 11 in 1938, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. He first made an impact on the British film scene as a film critic in the late 1940s, contributing to Sequence and Sight & Sound, before going on to become … [Read more...]

The Archers Quartet

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Few film historians would, I think, argue against the proposition that on any terms the history of the British cinema has been a chequered one. The advent of sound, symbolised by its introduction in Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929) heralded a decade which saw hundreds of British films being made on the back of the dreaded 'quota quickie' system. In his invaluable book British Sound Films The Studio Years 1928 - 1959 David Quinlan amusingly refers to one Manchester cinema in 1935 flashing a … [Read more...]

Robert Krasker: A Gifted Eye

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Contemporary motion picture photography is, as a rule, wildly overrated by long-winded critics with very short memories. They have much, much to learn. In almost any country one could name, the period between 1935-1965 produced some of the finest motion picture camera work one is likely ever to see on the screen. Perhaps only the great silent period, from 1909-1928, was its equal. For whatever reasons of past culture or artistry or pioneering efforts in the field England was especially … [Read more...]