Vitaly Mansky: Documentary Pioneer by John A Riley

21.12.10
Broadway, Black Sea, Vitaly Manksy Vitaly Mansky recently curated a programme of ten Russian documentaries as part of the London Russian Film Festival. The films Mansky chose shed light on the vast, inchoate territory that is post-Soviet Russia, ranging from visions of the utterly destitute in Kaliningrad, to a studies of parenthood to a visit to a deaf wedding. A filmmaker in his own right, ...
Remodernist Film by John A Riley

28.10.10
so tell me again, Jesse Richards The history of modernist art is littered with manifestos of one kind or another. Some are greedily devoured and incorporated, others seen as nothing more than an elaborate joke, a put-on that could never be put into action. More recently, in the world of film, the canny von Trier and Vinterberg have been able to market their films with a ...
Feats of Clay: Bruce Bickford by John A Riley

27.05.10
Cas'l, Bruce Bickford Bruce Bickford recently premiered his film Cas’l at London’s Horse Hospital. Cas’l is a masterpiece of violent, exuberant, cartoonish invention. The film was preceded by Monster Road, a documentary about Bickford, which is penetrating, amusing and sometimes tear-jerkingly sad. And Bickford himself, who gave a brief but memorable Q and A after the films, is to-the-point, genuine, pre-occupied and deadpan. In the documentary Bickford ...