PAYLOAD – David Barber


Original Review by Alan Rogers Payload (2011) is a character-driven short genre film set in a future Australia, written and directed by young film-maker Stuart Willis as his masters thesis project at Melbourne’s VCA School of Film and Television. A family struggle to survive in a dystopian world, scavenging a living from day-to-day in the…

THE TRENCH – Dexter Britain


Original Review by Alan Rogers The Trench is a short film made in 2014 by a group of final year students studying Film Production at the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and TV. The film, an adaptation of a theatre production based very loosely upon the story of William Hackett, the only Tunneller…

RED RAIN – Josh Spear


Original Review by Alan Rogers So-called “red rain”( or “blood rain”) has been recorded for hundreds of years and explanations for this phenomenon have recently included red dust being suspended in rain water or due to the presence of micro-organisms such as algae. The region of Kerala, India experienced a red rain event in 2001…

NUIT AMERICHÈN – Angelo Talocci


Original Review by Alan Rogers An independent film-maker is hired to shoot a promotional video in an abandoned mansion. But what he actually wants to do is to use the eerie location in a key scene for his no-budget, English language slasher-horror movie. To get the best performances from his actors he puts them in…

THE FACTORY – Piotr Hummel


Original Review by Alan Rogers I am of a certain age that I remember as a child avidly watching at TV show called “Screen Test”, a children’s quiz show about films. Part of the format was a young film-makers’ competition where viewers were invited to submit their homemade movies to be judged by a panel…

RED KROKODIL – Alexander Cimini


Original Review by Alan Rogers Red Krokodil is a film telling the story of the deteriorating existence of a drug addict living in a post-nuclear city. The addict (Brock Madson) is addicted to the morphine-derivative Krokodil and the film follows his hallucinatory decline and physical deterioration. Krokodil, a street name for the morphine derivative desomorphine,…

CHINE: RÉPUBLIQUE POPULAIRE DE LA CORRUPTION – Maximilien Mathevon


Original Review by Alan Rogers Chine: République Populaire de la Corruption is a one-hour French investigative documentary made by Anne Loussouarn that examines the continuing spectre of state-wide corruption that’s hidden within the country’s recent and significant economic rise. Despite the launch of a high-profile anti-corruption campaign by China’s new leaders – illustrated most by…

37 DAYS – Andrew Simon McAllister


Original Review by Alan Rogers 37 Days is a three-part drama directed by Justin Hardy that covers the time between the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914 at the hands of a Serbian nationalist and the entry of Britain into the First World War. Rather than being full of romantic sub-plots that…

FOOD CHAINS – Gil Talmi


Original Review by Alan Rogers Director Sanjay Rawal’s eye-opening feature documentary, Food Chains, shines a light on the abuses suffered by farm workers who work long hours to gather much of the fresh produce that ends up on the tables of millions of Americans. The film (on limited release in the US this autumn) follows…

MY NIKIFOR – Bartek Gliniak


Original Review by Alan Rogers My Nikifor (Mój Nikifor) is a Polish film from 2004 directed by Polish-born director Krzysztof Krauze. The film is a dramatized account the last few years of the self-taught, “primitive/naïve” painter Nikifor Krynicki seen from the point-of-view of fellow painter Marian Włosiński. Włosiński became Nikifor’s daily companion and dedicated caretaker…