Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Courtney Barnett found her stride by letting go of insecurity

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This time last year, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s music had already blown through the Internet on a cloud of smoke. On the back of debut singles ‘Avant Gardner’ and ‘History Eraser’ and the critical acclaim that they’d drawn, Barnett was touring the world with her band and had a full length LP in the works. It was then that… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Auschwitz Drama is the Only Feature To Be Shown on 35mm

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There’s a lot to recommend Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes‘ astonishing debut feature, Son of Saul. He handles the grotesquerie of the Auschwitz setting by shooting in shallow focus. Actor/poet Géza Röhrig’s dirty, exhausted, tormented face is often the only clear image in the frame. Röhrig plays Saul, a Jewish ‘Sonderkommando’ deemed strong enough to work for a… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Look out for cinematographer James Klopko

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The star of Canadian director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature, Sleeping Giant, is a lake. Cividno grew up around Lake Superior in Ontario and has said that he wanted to capture the energy of that setting. He can be satisfied on that count. While the dynamic sometimes feels contrived in this teenage boy-led tale of an unforgettable… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Anarchists in 19th century France

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Last time that 21-year-old actress, Adèle Exarchopoulos, was in Cannes she made the record for being the youngest artist to win the Palme d’Or. It was 2013 and her film was the passionate and painfully comprehensive lesbian love story, Blue is the Warmest Colour. Along with director, Abdellatif Kechiche, and co-star, Lea Seydoux, she deservedly walked… Read more »

Cannes Film Festival Opens With A Film About Social Welfare

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Cannes Film Festival organisers like to perpetuate the image of its glitz and glamour by making sure that sparkling A-list actors are decorating the red carpet from the get go. Scheduling the opening film as Standing Tall (French title: La tête haute) by Emmanuelle Bercot – a director that no one had really heard of who… Read more »

Fiftieth Issue Special

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When we sat down nine years ago to make issue one of this magazine, we didn’t know an awful lot. We had a good idea of who we were – as much as anyone does when they’re first starting out – but most of all we just had a load of questions. The world, in… Read more »

Best photography of the month

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In a month rocked by earthquakes, protests and a tragic wake-up call in the Mediterranean Sea, the documentary photography community has rallied together, as always, to focus our attention on the stories that matter. It’s been a good month for recognition too, with stacks of worthy winners at prestigious awards, great interviews and killer self-assignments…. Read more »

What kind of American Dream awaits immigrants in the US?

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Since Katrina, thousands of Latin Americans have moved to Louisiana to work on reconstruction efforts. Many have stayed, and many more have followed over the years, fleeing gang war, violence and poverty back home. In November 2014, President Obama introduced legislation to protect up to 5 million people from deportation. Protection extends to those who… Read more »

Argos dabbles in ‘street cred’ in hyper-plastic ad

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This column has a couple of themes: it’s a report back from the blurred line that now exists between culture and commerce, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also a look at some of the work that really sucks created in the name of ‘youth culture’. My name is King Adz and you may previously know… Read more »

New Housing Battle kicks off in London

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“This isn’t just about West Hendon. This is about social cleansing,” says Jeanette Evans, who faces losing her home due to a multi-million pound redevelopment of the West Hendon housing estate in North London. Evans and her fellow West Hendon residents rallied on Thursday, stepping up their grassroots campaign against the development in hopes of… Read more »