CIFF 2023: Mike Doxford’s NON-NEGOTIABLE – A heart-warming short film about an only child having to share her parents with the arrival of a new baby 

A review by Sonia McCloud Writer and director Mike Doxford’s short film of parents worrying about telling their only child that they are going to have a baby sister or brother is well choreographed with the non-negotiable terms and conditions presented by their only child; the list pretty much ticks off every worry that parents have when faced with this lovely dilemma.  Writer and director … Continue reading CIFF 2023: Mike Doxford’s NON-NEGOTIABLE – A heart-warming short film about an only child having to share her parents with the arrival of a new baby 

CIFF 2023: Sabina Vajraca’s SEVAP/MITZVAH – based on true events in Nazi-occupied Bosnia a Muslim woman risks her life to save a Jewish friend and her family

A review by Sonia McCloud A very powerful and overwhelming film, that captured the horror of war and religious persecution very accurately and so precisely; I was mesmerised and lived the experience, the fear, and every heart-thumping moment.  A very powerful and overwhelming film It is often said that ‘History repeats itself,’ and when the blight and evil of war and religious persecution came to … Continue reading CIFF 2023: Sabina Vajraca’s SEVAP/MITZVAH – based on true events in Nazi-occupied Bosnia a Muslim woman risks her life to save a Jewish friend and her family

watchAUT Austrian Film Festival 2023: a glimpse into the past and the future of Austrian film

The Austrian Cultural Forum London in cooperation with the Austrian Film Institute and Austrian Films present the second edition of watchAUT Austrian Film Festival, featuring the best new films to emerge from Austria. Running 23 – 26 March at Ciné Lumière, watchAUT provides a glimpse of the world as perceived by the current generation of Austrian filmmakers. With a focus on today’s hottest issues making waves in … Continue reading watchAUT Austrian Film Festival 2023: a glimpse into the past and the future of Austrian film

SUNDANCE FILM BABA: Filmmaker Spotlight on Maziyar Khatam

Maziyar Khatam’s stunning film BABA sheds light on the importance of communication, family, and how fragile familial ties can really be. This film stays in a place of heightened emotional intensity and leaves audiences on the edges of their seats but doesn’t necessarily stray into thriller territory, what do you think helps to accomplish this?  That was definitely the goal to have this stretching rubber … Continue reading SUNDANCE FILM BABA: Filmmaker Spotlight on Maziyar Khatam

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL REVISITS LONDON FOR A SECOND YEAR WITH FROM VENICE TO LONDON 2023

Created in 1932, the Venice Film Festival was the first film festival in history. As well as being the oldest film festival in the world, it’s also regarded as one of the world’s most important and iconic international film festivals. In November 2021 for the first time in its history, a selection of the programme was presented in London via a unique collaboration between La Biennale … Continue reading VENICE FILM FESTIVAL REVISITS LONDON FOR A SECOND YEAR WITH FROM VENICE TO LONDON 2023