Festival Coverage

Venezia 2018 – First Look Review: Tumbbad

Kicking off this year’s Venice International Film Critics’ Week is Indian fantasy-horror Tumbbad. From the go, it quickly becomes apparent that Tumbbad is on course to serve as a parable for the corrupting nature of greed.  Narration tells us, as we sweep over the bleak, rain-sodden countryside of Tumbadd in the far reaches of western India, the legend of Hastar, a God undone by his own his avarice. Rahi Anil Barve and co-director Adesh Prasad have crafted a film with the ambitions...

TLE’s London Film Festival Preview 2018

To kick off this year's London Film Festival coverage, we're trying something new for TLE. In this audio preview, I sat down with lapsed critic, fellow film fanatic and my friend Timothy E Raw. We went through the programme and picked one film each from every section to discuss (and sometimes argue about). Over these couple of hours we discussed 32 of the more than 200 films that will be showing across London venues from the 10th to the 21st...

Venezia 2018 – First Look Review: Why Are We Creative?

Hermann Vaske attempts to tackle why we are creative in his newest documentary of the same name. Beneath the thin veneer this documentary, helmed by a director who believes he has cast off into the waters of the great thinkers in his pursuit of a single truth to an unanswerable question, is a film clearly dreamt up by advertising exec.  Slick, stylised, but ultimately lacking in imaginative energy, it is the kind of “creative content,” that has been perfected by marketers,...

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