EIFF 2015: Iona (Scott Graham, 2015)

When Iona and her son make the journey through the night from her Glasgow family home to the sand swept sights of the Scottish isles, barely a word is said. There’s a power in this silence that says so much; deeply wounded from the very first frame. Another work of character driven beauty by the fantastic Scott Graham, he squeezes a grand emotive More...

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By Douglas James Greenwood On Saturday, June 27th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Narcopolis (Justin Trefgarne, 2014)

In 2024, a copper walks the streets of London fighting crime following the legalisation of all types of recreational drugs. But, when he is removed from a case in which he tries to identify an unclaimed corpse, More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Tu dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur, 2014)

It’s been ages since Nicole had the house to herself. Now, with her parents away on vacation she’s decided to spend the summer lazing around aimlessly with her best friend. Things couldn’t be More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Chicken (Joe Stephenson, 2015)

For a debut film, there is a seriously impressive understanding of its characters that helps keep Chicken firmly on its feet. The directorial debut of young Joe Stephenson, it offers a striking look at how broken More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Dope (Rick Famuyiwa, 2015)

Ahh, the teen comedy. An over-saturated movie genre with every one trying its hardest to become the best. You often find that term ‘teen cult classic’ thrown around a little frivolously. In actual fact, More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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EIFF 2015: The Violators (Helen Walsh, 2015)

There’s very little I can tell you about The Violators that will make you understand just how clumsy and crass it really is at times. A work of supposed cinematic refreshment, it promises a look into a life we More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Liza, the Fox Fairy (Károly Ujj Mészáros, 2015)

In modern day Budapest, a spirit shaped as a 50’s Japanese surf pop singer haunts a lonely nurse who’s desperate to find love. Out of jealousy, the ghostly figure curses her, turning her into a fox More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
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EIFF 2015: Nearby Sky (Nujoom Alghanem, 2014)

For years, Fatima Ali Al Hameli has trained and preened her beautiful herd in order to see them reach the dizzy heights of success by winning the top prize in the Al Dhafra Festival – a beauty contest for More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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EIFF 2015: The Sisterhood of Night (Caryn Waechter, 2014)

Driven by the mystique that surrounds her school’s sorority, a blogging schoolkid follows the group into the woods one night and witnesses something that acts as a catalyst to their destruction. Seemingly More...

By Douglas James Greenwood On Monday, June 22nd, 2015
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EIFF 2015: The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marielle Heller, 2015)

The first word in my notepad while watching The Diary of a Teenage Girl was ‘frothy’. The final phrase? ‘Sexual depravity’. It’s an understandable clash of tone and genre that at times, More...