Review: The Reason I Jump Rating 88%

Review: The Reason I Jump

Based on the book by Naoki Higashida, this immersive film explores the experiences of non-speaking autistic people around the world. Award-winning director Jerry Rothwell’s compelling documentary which is produced by Jeremy Dear, Stevie Lee and Al Morrow and has been translated by author David Mitchell is a rare cinematic and sensorial insight into the world of non-speaking autistic people.

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Review: The Human Factor Rating 68%

Review: The Human Factor

The Human Factor, a new film by Dror Moreh, Academy Award nominated director of The Gatekeepers, revisits three decades of an Israeli-Arab peace process from a unique perspective: that of the American mediators. Focusing intently on Clinton’s administration, it’s a beguiling documentary about the intently sad and upsetting situation on the Gaza strip and the inability to reach a deal.

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Review: Once Upon A River Rating 71%

Review: Once Upon A River

Once Upon A River is a slow-paced but considered drama that follows Native American teenager Margo Crane in 1970s rural Michigan. With stunning cinematography from Charlotte Hornsby and great performances from most of the cast, it’s hardly surprising that it’s a festival-favourite slice of mid-western Americana ideal. Featuring a beautiful folk music soundtrack, we can conceive a place, a time and the tale.

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Review: Zebra Girl Rating 65%

Review: Zebra Girl

After being performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, Catherine and Anita has taken on a new form. As of 28th May this is in film format as Zebra Girl, released across the UK. Throbbing with trauma, violence, mental illness and abuse, there is much to unpack with this feature length, and certainly not for those that prefer the light-hearted. Starring Sarah Roy and Tom Cullen, Zebra Girl is a psychological thriller with more depth than humour.

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Review: A Space In Time Rating 78%

Review: A Space In Time

A Space In Time is an intimate portrait of one family’s struggle to transcend a fatal muscle wasting disease and their home changes to accommodate this disease. Directed by Nick Taussig and Riccardo Servini, the subject is carefully handled, an artful approach that allows us to gain an insight into a disease rarely spoken about.

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Frightfest 2021 Rating 80%

Frightfest 2021

Glasgow Film Festival’s Frightfest 2021 is a strange one. Instead of all being crammed together in a cinema, I’m logging into a website and watching them by myself at home. For sure that dampens the experience of a lot of them. An audience whooping and shrieking would have absolutely made some of these films be an absolute riot. In the cold light of day though some were poor and some I enjoyed a lot. I may have judged some too harshly but not this first one:

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Alison Strauss: Going online means that we’re not tied to the modest size of the cinema

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, AKA HippFest, is going online for its rearranged 10th edition with screenings running 17 – 21 March. Launched in 2011, HippFest has become a key annual event in the cultural calendar, drawing audiences from across Scotland and beyond to enjoy the stars and stories of the silent era. The Fountain caught up with Festival Director Alison Strauss about her programme highlights, and taking the festival online for the first time.

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Review: Retaliation Rating 79%

Review: Retaliation

Orlando Bloom, known for the Lord of the Ring and Pirates of the Caribbean franchises, occasionally pops up in something other, reminding us that he can in actual fact act. Having last seen him in Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown, I’ve not been rushing to watch the next movie that he was starring in. However, this Shammasian Bros film, Retaliation had some hard-hitting and gritty themes, and I was curious if he would be able to handle these. Unexpectedly, he was.

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Review: Tripping with Nils Frahm Rating 76%

Review: Tripping with Nils Frahm

Tripping with Nils Frahm is a stunningly shot documentary that captures one of the world’s most sought-after live acts performing at one of Berlin’s most iconic buildings, and removes us from the notion that live gigs are not a current normal, whilst entranced by Nils performance.

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Paul Sng: Film festivals and independent cinemas have done a magnificent job in adapting

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain with a rare prescience. As the frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, the Anglo-Somali punk musician was also a key inspiration for the Riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. But the late punk maverick didn’t just leave behind an immense cultural footprint.

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