October 2010

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#The life and death of the UK Film Council

From ‘Cool Britannia’ to coalition cold comfort, Geoffrey Macnab unravels the circumstances surrounding the recently announced demise of the UK Film Council

PLUS Palme d'Or-winning producer Keith Griffiths gives a personal response to the UKFC's demise

PLUS Dylan Cave on the UKFC's unsung commitment to preserving Britain's film culture

#Joe Dante: serious mischief

Always one to go his own way, Joe Dante combines 3D technology with a return to a subtler, more family-oriented brand of horror in his new film The Hole. Tom Charity tracks Dante's anarchic streak through a 40-year career of filmmaking

PLUS James Mottram talks to the director

#Lost and found: Mix-Up

Françoise Romand’s inventive Mix-Up, about the families of two daughters switched at birth 21 years earlier, deserves a wider audience, says Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cover feature: Remake remodel

Restored (almost) to its complete glory after over 80 years following the discovery of lost footage in Argentina, Fritz Lang’s dystopian 1927 classic Metropolis is now more fascinating than ever, says Kim Newman

PLUS Directors Terry Gilliam and Oshii Mamoru reveal the impact Lang’s vision had on the films they went on to direct themselves

Meth and the maiden

An award winner at Sundance this year, Winter’s Bone stands out from the current crop of American indies thanks to its unflinching evocation of the drug-addled yet resilient culture of the Ozark Mountains of south Missouri. James Bell talks to director Debra Granik

Lexicon of the law

Police, Adjective redefines the policier in the distinctively bleak and absurdist style of new Romanian cinema. Kieron Corless talks to its director, Corneliu Porumboiu

One more for the road

Unjustly overlooked by British distributors, Hong Sangsoo’s films offer wry and very personal insights into life and love in South Korea. As a retrospective brings Hong’s work to the UK, Tony Rayns celebrates the director’s unique way of working

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: Perestroika

A journey into both the snowy wastes of Siberia and the fractured mind of its grieving narrator, Sarah Turner’s hypnotic ‘Perestroika’ is an immersive excursion into “extreme psychogeography”, says Chris Darke

#Film review: Police, Adjective

This dry-humoured follow-up to 12:08 East of Bucharest may be the most undramatic cop movie ever filmed, writes Philip Kemp. But beneath its games with language lies a vision of the gaping moral quagmire of police work

#In the magic hour: 3 silent classics by Josef von Sternberg

Before talkies, before Dietrich, Josef von Sternberg was a master of silent film-making, writes Michael Atkinson

Reviews in this issue:

  • Alamar
  • Bonded by Blood
  • Budrus
  • Buried
  • Cats & Dogs The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Cyrus
  • Dinner for Schmucks
  • Eat Pray Love
  • Enter the Void
  • The Final
  • Frozen
  • The Hole
  • The Horde
  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
  • In the magic hour: 3 silent classics by Josef von Sternberg
  • The Kid
  • The Last Exorcism
  • The Last Seven
  • Made in Dagenham
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • The Other Guys
  • Our Family Wedding
  • Peepli [Live]
  • Film of the month: Perestroika
  • Pianomania
  • Film review: Police, Adjective
  • Release
  • Salt
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
  • Step Up 3D
  • The Switch
  • Tamara Drewe
  • Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • 22 Bullets
  • Why Did I Get Married Too?
  • The Wildest Dream
  • Winter’s Bone
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011