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Your guide to Sheffield Doc/Fest Louis Theroux, Sheffield, festival, film, Liam Taft, Kettle Mag
Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the North’s most popular film festivals, attracting over 32,000 visitors per year. Louis Theroux is the festival’s poster boy – yet there is much more to be found in their lineup, which encompasses the very best in documentary and non-fiction content from across the globe. This year, the festival has...
Cannes 2017: Five must-see films Cannes, France, film festival, releases, Liam Taft, Kettle Mag
Cannes, more often than not, is a controversial affair: 2015 saw numerous women turned away from the red carpet for not wearing high heels, polemicist Lars von Trier was banned from the festival after expressing Nazi sympathies in 2011, and the cast of 24 Hour Party People were evicted after pummelling each other with stuffed...
Get Out and horror’s obsession with suburbia film, middle class, United States, essay, Liam Taft, Kettle Mag
The American suburb – with every fake glance, dull dinner party, and well-kept garden – is an ideal that’s too good to be true. Since the 1970s, the horror genre has exploited McCarthy’s twisted vision of a post-war utopia. Get Out comes in a long line of films that reveal, through a variety of sub-genres,...
Why we’re excited about The Nightingale The Nightingale, Film, Jennifer Kent, Kettle Mag, Liam Taft
In recent years, Jennifer Kent has emerged as one of the preeminent figures in the Australian Renaissance. Ostensibly, the writer-director's debut feature The Babadook appeared to be a banal addition to the horror genre – another bump-in-the-night tale of a bogeyman hiding under the bed. Yet Kent, with the help of Essie Davis’ powerful performance...
The Kettle Film Awards Film, Awards, Kettle Mag, Liam Taft
After months of speculation, Moonlight has taken the top prize at this year’s Oscar ceremony. The beautiful exploration of gay masculinity and race relations in poverty-stricken Miami is the first ever LGBTQ+ film to take the Best Picture award. As always, the ceremony sparked controversy – in a mix-up between envelopes, presenters Faye Dunaway and...
Five films to look out for at Sundance 2017
Sundance is back. Amidst the shallow glitz and glamour of the awards season, the world’s largest independent film festival gives us a sobering look at the most anticipated films of the year. Largely an indie affair (although it’s becoming increasingly mainstream), Sundance gives new artistic voices a springboard to the gates of Hollywood – Quentin...
First ever person in the US declared ‘intersex’ on their birth certificate Intersex_flag.svg_.png
In what is believed to be the first successful case in the US, last year Kelly Keenan was declared intersex on her birth certificate after appealing to the high court. Although this is yet to occur in the UK, for intersex bodied people this is a landmark achievement, paving the way for more individuals to...
Review: La La Land 15109429_619422748244329_3828940380631007799_n.jpg
After a record haul at the Golden Globes, with gongs for Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, and Damien Chazelle, La La Land touches down on UK soil carrying high expectations. With the controversy surrounding last year’s ‘#OscarsSoWhite’ scandal, it perhaps feels bitter sweet that La La Land has taken the limelight from more diverse films such...
Kettle’s Best Films of 2016 Film, 2016, List, Top 10, Arrival, The Witch, Spotlight, Kettle Mag, Liam Taft
2016 has been an interesting year in film. This was the year the blockbuster flopped, with the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad being the year’s biggest let-down; the year Moonlight generated a substantial amount of steam in the run-up to the awards season, swimming firmly against the tide of the ‘Oscars so White’ scandal in February; and the...
Five of the best TV adverts made by film directors TV, adverts, directors, film, Kettle Mag, Liam Taft
For many of us, adverts are a nuisance – they slice up our favourite TV shows with surgical precision, make us wait for a whole 30 seconds before we watch a YouTube video, and are spookily tailored to our web searches when they appear on Facebook. The advert has become ubiquitous: It is estimated that...
Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fantastic Beasts, Harry Potter, film, review, Liam Taft, Kettle Mag
When Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in 1997, J.K. Rowling was lauded with praise: She was the next Roald Dahl, a talented and compelling new voice in English literature. Since then, the Harry Potter universe has expanded exponentially, spawning a film series, play, theme park, studio tour, and online gaming site....
Review: Sausage Party Review, Sausage Party, Comedy, Animated, Film, Movie, Kettle Mag, Liam Taft
Ever since Toy Story, summer animation has almost become synonymous with parents taking their bored children to see cutesy PG-rated heroes and villains on a rainy afternoon. But 2016 has found animation a new audience – the stoner. Sausage Party is written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, creators of Superbad and Pineapple Express, and details...
REVIEW: Suicide Squad image.png
Suicide Squad is a film crippled by its own hype. The trailer which has ranked in excess of 70 million views on YouTube, promised a movie injected with madness. The neon poster, even, envisaged a hallucinogenic blockbuster that ramped up the crazy to 11. DC fanatics and everyday movie goers tired with the generic superhero movie template were sent...