Women in Film: Only 16 Percent of Film Writers in U.K. Are Female

Only 16 percent of working film writers in the U.K. are female and only 14 percent of primetime TV is predominantly female-written, according to a report by the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain.

Love, Cecil: Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s Docu about Legendary Designer (Oscar Winners Gigi, My Fair Lady)

Estimable distributor Zeitgeist Films presents the theatrical release of Love, Cecil, Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s documentary about the British Oscar-winning designer (Gigi, My Fair Lady).

Cannes Film Fest 2018: Yomeddine, Egyptian Director Amateurish Debut

Egyptian director A.B. Shawky’s feature directing debut, Yomeddine, didn’t win any prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Fest. Thematically, the film was interesting–sort of The Elephant Man in a different geographical and political context. But artistically, it left a lot to be desired.  It was, in my humble view, one of the weakest entries in […]

Gay Cinema 2018: LGBTQ Characters in Decline in Mainstream Hollywood

Hollywood celebrated Call Me By Your Name and its two boyfriends at the most recent Oscars, where James Ivory won best screenplay Oscars, studio movies actually turned away from depicting LGBTQ characters in 2017. In a new survey of the 109 films released theatrically by the major studios last year, the advocacy group GLAAD reports […]

Cannes Film Fests 2018: Jia Zhang-ke’s Ash Is the Purest White

Tradition Vs. Modernity has been a consistent theme in the work of the highly acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, a staple presence in all the major world festivals, especially Venice and Cannes. His new work, Ash Is Purest White represents a point of departure in some ways: It is a genre work, jianghu underworld movie, […]