July 2008

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#Cannes 2008: A royal rumpus

British cinema held its head high at this year's Cannes, with remarkable debuts from Steve McQueen and Duane Hopkins, and a moving return from Terence Davies. By Nick James

#David Lean

To many he is the embodiment of British cinema. In this issue's two-part celebration of David Lean, Charles Drazin looks at how the director learned his trade in the editing room and Sonia Genaitay explains the processes used to restore some of his earliest films

Blues people

Charles Burnett's 1977 debut film Killer of Sheep is a landmark of American independent cinema directed by one of black cinema's most visionary talents. As a BFI Southbank retrospective arrives, Burnett talks to James Bell

Beyond the frame

Much of Errol Morris' documentary output probes the nature of photographic 'truth' - a theme with profound political resonance in new film Standard Operating Procedure, about the infamous images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. The director talks to Howard Feinstein

Cannes 2008: He who dares

If Cannes 2008 failed to match the brilliance of last year's festival it was still full of promising works-in-progress, shifts in direction for name auteurs and a handful of films of rare quality. By Nick James PLUS Rose Pastille's hot gossip

Cannes 2008: Canned heat

Kieron Corless celebrates the continuing tradition of radicalism of the Directors' Fortnight

Cannes 2008: Heart of the matter

Geoff Andrew finds himself moved by a selection of films designed to make the watcher weep

Cannes 2008: Young guns

Jonathan Romney is shaken by the intense Johnny Mad Dog, a brutal and brilliant account of child soldiers in war-torn Africa

Selected reviews


Abdellatif Kechiche's perfectly paced story of a North African family's struggle in coastal France is told with the wit and warmth of classical cinema, yet with a very modern take on identity. By Ginette Vincendeau

#DVD Review: Pied Piper

Jacques Demy's interpretation of the Pied Piper fairytale is deeper and darker than you might expect, says Tim Lucas

Reviews in this issue:

  • Adulthood
  • Banquet
  • Cassandra's Dream
  • The Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian
  • A Complete History of My Sexual Failures
  • Couscous
  • Deception
  • Doomsday
  • The Edge of Love
  • Female Agents
  • The Forbidden Kingdom
  • Her Name Is Sabine
  • In Memory of My Father
  • Iron Man
  • Made of Honour
  • Married Life
  • The Mist
  • Mouth to Mouth
  • My Winnipeg
  • Nim's Island
  • Numb
  • The Oxford Murders
  • Pathology
  • DVD Review: Pied Piper
  • Prom Night
  • Rebellion The Litvinenko Case
  • RFK Must Die The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy
  • The Ruins
  • Shutter
  • Speed Racer
  • Superhero Movie
  • Taxi to the Dark Side
  • Teeth
  • Timber Fall
  • 21
  • The Visitor
  • What Happens in Vegas
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011