Pilgrimage

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With Pilgrimage director Brendan Muldowney (Savage, Love Eternal) has managed to gather together a very impressive cast for a story that might have some difficulty in finding an audience, and that is a crying shame as this is an excellent piece of work. Set in 13th Century Ireland it tells the story of a small…

Daphne

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A solitary woman starts to take stock of her life after finding herself an accessory to a violent incident in Peter Mackie Burns’ Daphne. The title character lives and works in London and has isolated herself from the rest of the world for reasons that she doesn’t really understand herself. She’s bitter and angry at…

Guardians (Zashchitniki)

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Russia delivers their own take on the superhero team-up movie with Sarik Andreasyan’s Guardians. The story here is fairly simple. A villain attacks and the Russian government decide to dust off a Cold War project that provided them with their own superheroes. At their disposal they have Ler, a man who can control rocks (Sebastien…

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy

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A group of students are placed in Saturday Detention that turns out to be deadly in Ben Browder’s Bad Kids of Crestview Academy. I’ll preface this by saying that I haven’t seen the first film nor did I know that this was a sequel until after I’d seen it. As part of my coverage of…

Just Charlie

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A young football prodigy faces difficulties after coming out as Transgender in Rebekah Fortune’s Just Charlie. It goes without saying that this film deals with a very emotive subject. Shifting gender identity is something that many people have to deal with either directly or through association so this film taps into something that really deserves…

Modern Life is Rubbish

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A young couple are tested when they are forced to face the realities of adulthood in Daniel Jerome Gill’s Modern Life is Rubbish. Liam (Josh Whitehouse) is a penniless musician who has dreams of taking the country by storm with his music. His ambition is simple yet clear; he wants to be in a successful band…

Bad Day for the Cut

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A middle-aged Irish Farmer sets off on a brutal revenge mission after his mother is murdered in Chris Baugh’s Bad Day for the Cut. Revenge thrillers are fairly common in today’s cinematic landscape. I suspect this is because the stories can be really simple and it’s easy to justify a large amount of brutal action without…

The Farthest

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The story of the Voyager probe mission is chronicled in Emer Reynolds’ eye opening documentary, The Farthest. It should be no surprise to readers of this site that I’m a massive nerd for space exploration. I love Star Trek and also love the real world stories of the achievements humanity has made in reaching out to learn…

This Beautiful Fantastic

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A young woman forges an unlikely friendship with her cantankerous old neighbour when faced with the prospect of an eviction in Simon Aboud’s This Beautiful Fantastic. The story focuses on Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay), a strange young woman who was protected by ducks when she was a baby until she was found by an old man…

God’s Own Country

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The 71st annual Edinburgh International Film Festival opens with Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country; the story of a Yorkshire Farmer who struggles to confront the truth about himself. Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) is immediately established as someone who has a less than ideal life. He is essentially stuck in his situation due to his father’s…