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Drive Me Home : a road trip to reconciliation

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  For his feature film directing debut Simone Catania has made this intriguing road movie about a couple of childhood friends who became estranged when they grew up.  Antonio (Vinicio Marchioni) had inherited his grandfather’s old farmhouse in a remote part of Sicily, but at 15 years old all he wanted to do was escape … Continue reading



The Spider in the Web : a convoluted and confusing spy story

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The Spider in the Web is a convoluted and confusing spy story that has only one real truth to tell, if you wear a mask for most of your life then you may not recognize yourself when you take it off. Adereth (Ben Kingsley) has spent his life working for Mossad, the Israeli intelligence service. … Continue reading



WOKE Season 2 : the lives and loves in gay Lyon

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The second season of the engaging award-winning French LGBTQ series WOKE has landed here, and once again it makes for compelling viewing . This is the story of the melodramatic comings and goings of an LGBTQ Drop In Center in Lyons, which was suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of Hitcham (MEHDI MESKAR) a … Continue reading



The Souvenir : Filmmakers film launches a Swinton dynasty

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The thrillingly eccentric Tilda Swinton has added to her legacy by birthing an acting dynasty. Her own exquisite cameo in this movie, The Souvenir, is surprisingly eclipsed by the central character played by her daughter, Honor Swinton Byrne. This British-American film, written and directed by Joanna Hogg, is a semi fictional (therefore semi biographical?) tale … Continue reading



Edie : It’s Never Too Late

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The unexpected success of the Hotel Marigold films  gave rise to the belief that there is an audience for films starring veteran British actresses who have been sidelined to small cameo roles. However they cannot stand alone on skills of the sublime talent in front of the camera alone, there needs to be a decent … Continue reading



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