La La Land (2016) is a brilliant film in many ways. The shots are meticulously and beautifully arranged, colour seeps out of every scene and the onscreen chemistry is impeccable. The structure of the film is succinctly stylistic and the use of the love song ‘City of St...

Since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September 2016, Arrival (2016), the latest film by French Canadian Denis Villeneuve, has been critically acclaimed, nominated for many awards and largely considered a unique sci-fi. Quite often its brilliance seems to b...

Following a particularly tumultuous and hardened journey to bring her bountiful vision to life, LA based, independent director Jillian Dudley has burst onto the cinematic scene, with all the resplendent colours of her protagonist’s world. After a  successful crowdfundi...

I’m grateful for Amma Asante. Her work is new and stimulating, yet rests gloriously in a traditional and classic milieu. Her two most recent feature films, 2014’s Belle and 2016’s A United Kingdom, tell real-life historical stories in seemingly traditional ways. The fo...

An ode to the fuckers. Bleary eyed and half awake I found myself scrolling the nebulous of social media news, while cocooned in the thick rolls of my protective, duvet cover. It was a downcast, autumnal morning - the kind where the clouds are too dense for the sun to s...

Walking into The Wild at the Project Arts Centre exhibition space, among the sculptural and painted works a television screen shines in the dimly lit room. Director and filmmaker Oonagh Kearney’s captivating Oíche Nollaig na mBan (2016) invites us to put on the headpho...

Someone unfamiliar with the development of African film might think that female engagement with Nollywood is a recent evolution of Nigeria's cinematic industry, but this would be untrue. Women have been leaving their mark on the African cinematic landscape for quite so...

Alexander Hetherington's practice the Modern Edinburgh Film School is one of great intrigue. It is a practice that not only draws on traditional modes of artistic creation such as production, but one that also explores what can be considered more ephemeral notions of p...

I paid a visit to the San Antonio Museum of Art on a warm Sunday afternoon as a necessary break from what my mother described as "reclusive" behaviour.

I had become a hermit crab, often retreating to the tiny shell of my childhood bedroom. Here in my den of solitude I...

For our first DISPATCH interview we spoke to one of the most interesting female filmmakers of the moment; feminist pornographer Erika Lust. After discovering in her early teens that pornography was more often than not degrading and sexist Lust decided to take action. S...

If you are like me then the gallery experience can bring on intense feelings of impostor syndrome. When walking around the large spaces of white cube galleries I often get the feeling that someone is going to call me out for not knowing enough about contemporary art. T...

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