Review: The Pyramid Texts (The Shammasian Brothers, 2015)

The single-character monologue is not alien to the world of theatre, but it’s a comparatively rarer beast when it comes to the realms of film and TV. When directors or showrunners experiment with the form, it often yields interesting experiments, at the very least – see the acclaimed 2008 episode of Eastenders that acted as… Read More Review: The Pyramid Texts (The Shammasian Brothers, 2015)

Review: Heal the Living (Katell Quillévéré, 2016)

The third feature from French director Katell Quillévéré (Love Like Poison, Suzanne), Heal the Living is an ensemble drama that may initially provoke some concern for anyone with traumatic memories of ‘we are all connected’ genre of films that had a notable resurgence last decade. Fear not, though, for this is no Crash, Babel or… Read More Review: Heal the Living (Katell Quillévéré, 2016)

TV review: American Gods (Episodes 1 and 2)

Following a slew of production attempts over the years, including an HBO incarnation and at least one stab at a feature film, Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods, a phantasmagorical journey through the immigrant experience and soul of America, finally receives the television treatment – and it gets off to an intense, haunting start. The… Read More TV review: American Gods (Episodes 1 and 2)