Well, actually, there is. Evelyn Garner (Betty Schram) comes off the field having made a mistake to then receive a tirade of abuse from drunken manager Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) and she reacts with tears at which point Dugan (memorably) shouts the "There's No Crying in B...

For the first time in the 55-year history of the British sci-fi show, “Dr. Who” is a woman. For the uninitiated, the show’s titular character—“The Doctor,” as she is credited these days—is an alien who journeys through time and space having adventures. She travels in a...

Two girls swim playfully in the pool. It’s nothing particularly extraordinary. Not even when one asks the other not to wet her hair. It’s not an unusual thing to say, after all. As the story unfolds, however, it becomes clear that while for one girl this is just a game...

Documentary maker Penny Lane has two feature films at this year's Open City Documentary Festival; Our Nixon (2013) and The Pain of Others (2018). Our Nixon uses snippets from 500 reels of Super 8 home videos captured by members of President Richard Nixon's administrati...

Already met with its fair share of controversies, Beata Bubenec’s third focus on the Ukraine, Flight of a Bullet is a documentary unlike most others. Consisting of a single take, the film depicts an 80-minute slice taken from a much larger volume of recordings the Russ...

Open City Docs provide year-round academic and practical courses to teach, explore and facilitate forms of non-fiction filmmaking from the experimental to the established. Their annual film festival is a celebration of these forms, of emerging directors, global voices...

The first film to be shot entirely on location in Saudi Arabia and released for the attention of international audiences tells the story of a young girl (played by non-professional actor, Waad Mohammed) and her determination to race a bicycle through the stiflingly pat...

“Wage Love.” — Charity Hicks

“Hold on to love, let its light be your guide. My people, hold on.” - Eddie Kendricks

The first time I watched Lizzie Borden’s Born In Flames, was as part of a film series I co-convened with international curator Chandra Frank at Goldsmiths U...

One day after school, a group of five orphan girls decide to go to the seaside with some boys. After they are seen playing with them in the water, a scandalised neighbour reports the accident to their grandmother and uncle, affirming that the girls were "pleasuring the...

Sophia Hao is curator of the Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. Her practice positions the role of the curatorial as a mode of critical inquiry that engages with culture and the political as an open question. Her re...

Premiered in Poland, and screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, The Lure is the story of two mermaid sisters exploring the human world of Polish nightlife during the early 80s. Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, with Marta Mazurek as Silver and Michalina Olszańska...

Home is the sailor, home from the sea

And the hunter is home from the hill.

— Robert Louis Stevenson, writer and lighthouse engineer.

This is how The Lighthouse begins, with a homecoming. But not immediately. The film begins, rather, by moving towards home and its meaning...

The previous essay looked at Fonda’s star image and feminism through her performances in three different films, playing three different women. In this piece I want to focus on how Fonda further complicates her own star image by incorporating different ventures separate...

Following the success of the band’s 2014 album Warpaint, Heads Up surfaced following the solo ventures of each band member and represents an electrifying cohesion of those individual musical experiences. The fresh energy of Heads Up is succinctly demonstrated by the me...

Irene Lusztig is feminist filmmaker, archival researcher, and film professor at UC Santa Cruz. For the past four years Lusztig has been working on a feature length film project Yours in Sisterhood. The project is based on her research on an archival collection of thous...

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