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William Stottor

For many years my phone alarm was set to the opening theme of Taxi Driver, which is unsurprisingly a very dramatic and rather dark way to wake up. It was just one way for me to experience the wonderful world of film and more specifically scores and soundtracks, a passion that was ignited when I was just a teenager seeing Danny Boyle’s Sunshine in the cinema for the first time. Watching films is a huge part of my life and I am in a constant battle with my ever-growing watchlist.

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Encounter (Review): Intriguingly Fresh Sci-fi Drama

Encounter is a paranoid tragedy masquerading as a science fiction thriller, featuring fine work from Riz Ahmed and a deeply human current running through its centre.

Rebel Dykes (Review): Rebellious by Name, Rebellious by Nature

Rebel Dykes is a dynamic documentary that finds celebration in the face of discrimination, bringing a group of friends’ stories to life in vibrant and giddy detail.

Nowhere Special (Review): The Power of Parenthood

Rarely emotionally manipulative, Nowhere Special is a sensitive, true-to-life drama about a father and son facing a life-changing moment.

ear for eye (LFF Review): Challenging Call for Action

debbie tucker green’s ear for eye moves from the stage to the screen and retains its fierce voice through its rightly uncomfortable look at racism in the UK and the US.

Bull (2021): A Lean, Mean Crime Thriller (LFF Review)

Bull (2021) is a brutal tale told with an unflinching callousness whilst offering little reward or glory, only twisted revenge.

The Velvet Underground (Review): A Rocking Avant-Garde Journey

Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground is everything the band was: experimental, unique, energetic and, above all else, hypnotic.

Hit the Road (LFF Review): Dynamic Road Trip Drama

Hit the Road is a chaotic but tender snapshot of a family on a journey, shifting at ease between light-hearted humour and affecting drama.

Shepherd (LFF Review): An Atmospheric But Ordinary Horror

Shepherd is an occasionally scary story of grief and isolation, but it ultimately never does anything particularly out of the ordinary or memorable.

The Hand of God: Maradona Maketh Man (London Film Festival Review)

Paolo Sorrentino’s new Netflix feature, The Hand of God, is an expectedly poetic coming-of-age drama set against a sun-kissed Neopolitan backdrop.

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy: Snapshots of Life (LFF Review)

Through three distinct but thematically connected stories in Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy, Ryûsuke Hamaguchi paints a vivid portrait of people facing choices and fates.