It is not everyday that you get to interview a documentary maker, in the backdrop of the Royal Academy, with the sound of a paint canister being sling-shot across a room and hitting a bare wall, every ten minutes, modern art, right? But even this oddity is probably mild for Ondi Timoner, director of DiG! […]
Max lives in Brooklyn. He enjoys playing soccer, skateboarding, and drinking with his friends at local bars. Last summer he and his girlfriend, Willow, won a free cruise to Jamaica but two days before the trip she dumps him cold. When his friends flake, Max winds up alone on the high seas, navigating the crowds of gray-haired cruisers. Over the course of several days he flirts with the staff photographer, drinks cocktails with the boat's celebrity juggler and has several strange encounters with the only other loner.
Comedienne-musician-writer-artist-actress, is there anything uber-geek Charlyne Yi can’t do? In her charming mock-umentary, Yi travels across the United States quizzing the young and old on the most puzzling of questions: does love exist. Showing at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival, I got to have a heart-to-heart with both Charlyne and director (and Yi’s […]
Real-life drama about why, in a beautiful and quirky rural town, film- maker Jez Lewis' childhood friends are killing themselves. Beginning with a personal quest for understanding, the film moves into a year-long drama of human tragedy and redemption as principal character Cass comes to terms with his own mortality and attempts to lift himself out of his cycle of self-destruction. This core narrative carves an upward arc through an intimate study of a place often described as paradise, but which harbours an undertow of lethal hedonism and disillusionment. As people continue to kill themselves during the making of the film, a maelstrom of conflicting values throws up unexpected truths about the human condition.