Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale is an intriguing encounter of the final moments one desolate soul, Charlie, makes on a path riddled with mistakes, a journey all of us know. Having abandoned his now 17-year-old daughter ten years ago, he is in search for redemption as a parent whilst battling with two major struggles—his declining health, as well as the guilt which lingers as a result of abandoning his family.
At times harrowing, at times sweet, director Todd Haynes’ lead on this documentary film effectively recreates the sensory overload of a Velvet Underground record. Haynes’ filmography is not shy of experimental musician biopics and documentaries, including I’m Not There (2007) and Sonic Youth: Disappearer (1990). In this instance, the techniques used often submerge the viewer into the avant-garde and counter-culture lifestyles depicted for the film’s larger part to hypnotising and evocative effect.
Until 8th September 2021Available to stream from Dundee Rep Theatre Kai Durkin Light spills from a door at the back of the stage inviting us into the theatrical space. The camera pans across a ghost light, an empty auditorium. From backstage, through the door, Bethany Tennick wheels a box onstage and begins setting up her Read More
Until Saturday 20 March 2021Royal Shakespeare Company; available to stream live at https://dream.online/ There is no way to overstate the heavy toll continued covid restrictions has taken on the arts industry, especially theatre. Yet, companies and practitioners persevere, experimenting with new ways to deliver remote performances. One such experiment is Dream, a new production from Read More
In 1917 Sam Mendes has created an astonishing work of cinematic art through the masterful combination of continuous, single-shot cinematography by Roger Deakins; concise, effective screenplay co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns; and haunting, dramatic score by Thomas Newman. Mendes’ direction in this film is intense. His use of long takes and clever editing bring the viewer Read More
Knives Out opens with a wide-angled long take of the opulent house where a death occurs. After a time, guard-dogs, previously heard dimly behind the studio logos, bound into view and pass to the right, intent on their prey. In these few moments director/writer/producer Rian Johnson establishes the mood of the film: gothic, whodunnit, film Read More
There is a curious quality to Todd Phillips’ Joker. Since release the film has been dissected ad nauseum, striking a chord with the popular consciousness and sticking in the mind like a cinematic earworm. Unfortunately, despite its commercial success, the film has firmly missed the mark. Clearly, a lot of talented people worked on Read More
(UK, 2019) 23 March 2019, DCA Dundee based director Joel Hewett’s latest production comes to the DCA for a single screening, alongside Daniel Taylor’s One Night Stand. Recorded with partly improvised dialogue, the film trails a handful of characters as their relationships tumble, taking a gentle look at a turbulent but common situation. Hewett himself Read More
Part of the double-bill screening from Fingerclick Productions this month, director Daniel Taylor’s film squeezes its way onto the screen, and hovers uncomfortably. The film tracks a group of friends on a night out, focussing on an encounter between socially awkward James (James Quinn) and regret-laden Mhairi (Mhairi Rutherford). Being shot around Taylor’s hometown of Read More
I meet Joel Hewett and Daniel Taylor, two filmmakers from Dundee, at their new office in the city centre. By new, they tell me, they mean days old. Most of the equipment is still in boxes. Parts of a shelving unit are stacked in the corner, waiting to be reconstructed. A computer is up and Read More