Making Shorts in Today’s Film Culture

The results for the Aesthetica Short Film Competition 2010 have been announced. The finalists have their say on what it takes to make a great short and how that fits within the landscape of cinema today.

Make Your Film: Part 1

Elliot Grove, Founder of Raindance Film Festival, offers Ten Ways to help you Make Compelling Content.

The Arbor

Clio Barnard’s exploration of playwright, Andrea Dunbar’s life, combines reality with artifice in an exciting new creation.

The New Frontier of Cinema & Digital Culture

The digital landscape has altered how and when we experience cinema. In 2010 the Abandon Normal Devices Festival opened to explore these junctures in more detail.

Undertow

Undertow is Javier Fuentes-León’s first feature film. Having won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, it opened in the UK in August 2010.

Beautiful Kate

Humanising forbidden love, with breathtaking cinematography, Beautiful Kate explores the effects of place, isolation and burgeoning sexualities.

Video Art At Its Best: Johanna Billing at Modern Art Oxford

Swedish artist, Johanna Billing’s videos reflect routine, rehearsal and ritual with an emphasis on the fragility of individual performance and the power of collective experience…

Secret Cinema

In both work and pleasure, there is a sentiment that audiences are looking for more. Today’s entertainment is about the immersive, interactive experience.

Artists’ Films Take on Mainstream Cinema

Spring 2010 saw leading visual artists’ work enter UK cinemas in subversive and playful ways, to a diverse audience.

Dogtooth

Lanthimos’ provocative film displays one father’s inexplicable subversion of his children’s world through interrupted story-telling and macabre humour.

The Scouting Book For Boys in Cinemas Now

The Scouting Book For Boys is in Cinemas now. Winning, Best British Newcomer at The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival in 2009, and the…

Revenge and Familial Bonds: Katalin Varga & The Horseman

The theme of revenge and familial bonds are explored in two brutally honest new releases, Katalin Varga (Peter Strickland) and The Horseman (Steven Kastrissios). Katalin…

Kenneth Anger opening at Sprüth Magers London

Sprüth Magers is one of my favourite galleries. Their programming is cutting-edge and contemporary, while encouraging the beat of current debate in the art world…

Simon Curtis

BAFTA nominated Simon Curtis is a producer and director, whose extensive career spans theatre, film and television.

How to Animate: Part 2

In this two-part guide, Myles McLeod of the award winning Brothers McLeod, offers a series of practical hints and tips to help you start animating.

Winter in Wartime

Koolhoven’s emotive film of a young boy learning about love, loss and deception at the close of the second world war is a journey through history and adolescence.

How to Animate: Animation Ideas & Inspiration

In this two-part guide, the award winning, BAFTA nominated Brothers McLeod offer a series of practical hints and tips to help you start animating.

The Universality of Yojiro Takita’s Departures

Departures considers the inescapable in a starkly honest portrayal of the ceremony of death, and its reaction among the living.

Make Art: Make Films

Aesthetica launches the International short Film Competition, with cash prizes up for grabs and screening opportunities. It has never been a better time to get your camera out and start shooting.

1968:Rebellion & Free Love

Reminiscing on 40 years of free love, political protest, family values and social unrest, Born in ‘68 focuses on the humanity of the late 20th Century epoch.