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When I Saw You (Palestine-Jordan-UAE-Greece 2012)

When I Saw You is an important film. Well-made and times very beautiful, it is perhaps a film that surprises in what it achieves. Significantly, it is one of the first Palestinian films to be made almost entirely with Arab money and to receive critical acclaim and commercial distribution within the Arab world. It deals with … Continue reading

Margarita With a Straw (India 2014)

(This is one of ten reports on films at the 58th London Film Festival – other reports can be found on The Case for Global Film Blog) It will be interesting to see how this film fares on release in India. The biggest hurdle to a successful release is likely to be the presentation of … Continue reading

Spring in a Small Town (Xiaocheng zhi chun, China 1948)

Spring in a Small Town has attained almost mythical status in the history of Chinese Cinema. It dates from the brief period between the end of the Sino-Japanese war and the final victory of the Chinese Communists and the foundation of the PRC. The studio Wenhua was a small company formed in 1946 but Fei Mu (1906-51) … Continue reading

Lilting (UK 2013)

This film is a gem – a total justification of micro-budget filmmaking and public funding for cinema. Made for £120,000 under the Microwave scheme from Film London, the capital’s screen agency, it achieves more than most films on twenty or thirty times that budget. The Microwave scheme puts first-time feature directors through ‘micro-school’ involving a … Continue reading

London Indian Film Festival #1: Josh (Against the Grain, Pakistan-US 2012)

Josh is the first of three screenings of films from the 2013 London Indian Film Festival to be shown ‘on tour’ at the National Media Museum in Bradford and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. Screening at 6pm during Ramadan is possibly not a real test of its popular appeal and the … Continue reading

Bend It Like Beckham (UK-Germany 2002) – Narrative, Genre and Representation

This is one of our occasional archive publications of notes on specific films for film and media studies students. These notes were originally published in 2004. Introduction Bend It Like Beckham (BILB) is in many ways an excellent case study for British film, in terms of both ‘industry’ and ‘culture’. The release of the film … Continue reading

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