Author: Kezia Tooby

Feature, Film Review

The Selfish Giant (2013)

Clio Barnard’s latest offering shows us a slice of gritty British realism, with phenomenal lead performances that are both devastating and inspiring. Troubled school kid Arbor (Conner Chapman) suffers from a variety of issues, on medication for some, and expelled from school for behavioural ones, he is an ignorant secondary […]

Feature, Film Review

We Are the Best! (2013)

Having missed this film at the Venice Film Festival this year, due to a scheduling clash, I was delighted to see it was playing at the Cornwall Film Festival. Lukas Moodysson’s latest film is a slice of adolescent punk set in Stockholm in 1982 and based on wife Coco’s comic […]

Feature, Film Review

Jeune & jolie (2013)

The mystery film at this year’s Cornwall Film Festival was the highly anticipated latest film from acclaimed French director François Ozon. Jeune & jolie, translated as Young and Beautiful, focuses on gorgeous  17 year old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), who strategically loses her virginity on a family summer holiday and uses […]


Nigel Ashcroft – A Life in Film

Having been in the business for about 40 years; in television, commercials, music promos and film, Nigel Ashcroft has seen equipment and technology change quite dramatically over the years. His own production company, Green Umbrella, based in Bristol, produces natural history television and Ashcroft himself has worked with a variety […]

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The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Didier and Elise at first appear an unlikely pair, he a brooding, atheist country singer and she a pretty tattoo artist with a cross, but soon it is clear they were made for each other. Structured in flashbacks and flashforwards, much like Blue Valentine, we piece together the story of […]

Feature, Festivals

Cornwall Film Festival 2013

The 12th annual Cornwall Film Festival sees a programme jam-packed full of local, national and international short films as well as a diverse range of feature films from around the globe. Festival favourites such as Palme d’Or winning Blue is the Warmest Color, Clio Barnard’s latest The Selfish Giant and […]

Feature, Film Review

Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Adele (magnificently portrayed by Adèle Exarchopoulos) is a teenage literature student coming to terms with her sexual identity, as well as who she wants to be in life, when a brief exchange of a glance with striking tomboy Emma (Léa Seydoux) alters her life forever. Blue is the Warmest Color […]

Feature, Film Review

Moebius (2013)

Perhaps the most bizarre film at Venice this year, Moebius is also the funniest. South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s (2012 Golden Lion Winner for Pieta) latest, is a shocking morality tale exploring the themes of family, desires and genitals. The Theory of the Moebius is that of a twist in […]

Film Review

Amazonia (2013)

Sai is a capuchin monkey. As the pet of a young girl, for a reason unbeknownst to us, he is tucked away in a cage with a cuddly toy monkey for company and transported by aeroplane across the country, and the Amazon rainforest. Sai doesn’t reach his destination though, instead […]

Film Review

A Promise (2013)

Set in Germany in 1912, A Promise tells the story of Frederic Zeitz (Richard Madden), a young man from a humble background who begins a job at a steelworks. His boss is Karl Hoffmeister (Alan Rickman) who quickly takes a shine to the hardworking and intelligent young man and does […]