Lessons from Lars von Trier by Daniel Fawcett

27.04.10
The Five Obstructions, Lars von Trier and Jorgen Leth “This is therapy, not a film competition with yourself. You’ve made the best film, I assume the best was the first. We are using it to go back in time, to see where we can go and examine it.” Lars von Trier, The Five Obstructions Get the Flash Player to see the wordTube Media Player. var WT1_1 = { params : ...
Raya Martin talks to George Clark

23.04.10
Indepencia, Raya Martin Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin has established himself in recent years with a complex body of work that employs a reflective use of media in order to explore the colonial past and fraught national history of the Philippines. His sixth feature film Independencia,  premiered in Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, is the second part of a proposed trilogy following his ...
Institute Benjamenta

16.04.10
Institute Benjamenta, The Quay Brothers Or This Dream People Call Human Life (1995) is a darkly beautiful and unsettling feature by The Quay Brothers starring Mark Rylance and Alice Krige. Institute Benjamenta is one of the first three releases in the BFI’s new Dual Format Edition package, containing both a DVD and Blu-ray disc. This striking first live-action feature from the master animators is a beautifully-realised anti-fairy ...
The Eye of God by Angela Kingston

23.12.09
The Last 3600 Seconds of Wasp, Zatorski & Zatorski, image courtesy of the artists Angela Kingston considers God and the importance of seeing small things. I’m now an atheist, but I’m nostalgic about one thing in particular from my Sunday School. On the wall, mounted in a frame, were the words: God sees the sparrow fall. Meaning that, no matter how insignificant something might seem to be, ...
Jeff Keen – Instant Cinema

18.12.09
Jeff Keen, Marvo Movie (1967). Image courtesy of the BFI Daniel Fawcett on the great artist filmmaker, Jeff Keen. I met experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen this week; he is now 86 and sadly ill with cancer. I went to his house and met him and his wife Jackie. We talked for several hours about art, Brighton, their life together and of course his films. They have found themselves ...
Competition: Win GAZWRX, The Films of Jeff Keen

18.12.09
Jeff Keen, Marvo Movie (1967). Image courtesy of the BFI Jeff Keen began making films at the age of 37 when his art school film society needed things to show. And so began over forty years of unique, imaginative, irrepressible filmmaking. The BFI has published this delightful four DVD retrospective of Keen’s work that contains over nine hours of films and videos by the visionary filmmaker from ...
Ajay Hothi on Alan Clarke’s Elephant

13.12.09
Elephant, Alan Clarke There is a remarkable cadence to Alan Clarke’s Elephant (1989) that makes it difficult to define as a television drama, extended short, short-form feature or artist’s moving image piece. In differing contexts it could be read alongside films such as Culloden, Partie de Campagne or Meshes of the Afternoon. The film, a circle of violence, near silent with no thematic context provided, other ...