Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Dispatches from Cannes: What Addiction Does To Families


The world of movies tends to portray addiction in a certain dramatic light. Think tragic losers on a downward plummet towards the social fringes such as Nicolas Cage in Leaving Las Vegas. Rarely do we see the banal factors that sandwich self-destruction. Rarely do we see self-destruction rippling outwards, casting well-meaning loved ones in impossible… Read more »

Sideburn Magazine’s Gary Inman on going it alone


#8 - Gary Inman After growing disillusioned with the endless monotony of macho motorbike journalism as a freelance writer, Gary Inman took matters into his own hands in 2008 by co-founding Sideburn, a magazine that focused on personal stories rather than glitzy bike launches and celebs. “I want to talk about the heroes and the zeros:… Read more »

The Man Booker Prize winners you need to know


Last night the Man Booker panel announced László Krasznahorkai as the winner of its 2015 International Award. A Hungarian writer translated into English, Krasznahorkai was described by the panel as “a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range” on the level of Kafka and Beckett. Nobody seems upset by the announcement. Krasznahorkai’s award will… Read more »

Easkey Britton is channelling surfing into social change

Easkey Britton

#7 – Easkey Britton Surfer Easkey Britton broke ground riding impossible waves in her native Northern Ireland as a teenager, but gained international attention in 2010 when she travelled to Chabahar, Iran in search of overlooked surf. Returning to the region with filmmaker Marion Poizeau in 2013 – this time intent on engaging local women in the sport – Britton… Read more »

Courtney Barnett found her stride by letting go of insecurity


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


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 »