A Matter of Life and Death: Cinematic Necropolitics in ‘Arrival’ [Free Associations journal]

Really excited to share that my first peer-reviewed piece is now out with Free Associations, a non-clinical psychoanalytic journal that is free access. The essay is a reworking of my Master's thesis that I wrote a couple years back and titled "A Matter of Life and Death: Cinematic Necropolitics in ‘Arrival’", looking at Arrival directed … Continue reading A Matter of Life and Death: Cinematic Necropolitics in ‘Arrival’ [Free Associations journal]

Imminent Queerness: Temporal Excess in the Works of Jenkin Van Zyl and Ryan Trecartin

Originally presented atCineExcess 13 Conference, Birmingham City University, 2019. Image from Jenkin Van Zyl's "Looners". For full text please click the link at the bottom. Abstract: This paper focuses on works by contemporary video artists Jenkin Van Zyl and Ryan Trecartin. In their works, Van Zyl and Trecartin can be seen to employ excess in … Continue reading Imminent Queerness: Temporal Excess in the Works of Jenkin Van Zyl and Ryan Trecartin

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (2018), directed by Tomer Heymann [BFI Flare Festival]

I can’t seem to begin this review right – like a stammer, my opening is stuck by language I cannot mould to the meaning I want to make… I’m distracted by the person working in the café I’m writing in. I remember a tutorial at art school where the tutor said: You know sometimes if … Continue reading Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life (2018), directed by Tomer Heymann [BFI Flare Festival]

Vita and Virginia (2018), directed by Chanya Button [BFI Flare Festival]

In contrast to Tell It to the Bees (2018 – reviewed in previous post), Vita & Virginia is exquisitely written. The story of the love affair between Virginia Woolf (played by Elizabeth Debicki) and Vita Sackville-West (played by Gemma Arterton) that was partial inspiration for Woolf’s book Orlando, Vita & Virginia understands the role of … Continue reading Vita and Virginia (2018), directed by Chanya Button [BFI Flare Festival]

Tell It to the Bees (2018), directed by Annabel Jankel [BFI Flare Festival]

Watched at BFI's Flare Festival 2019. Tell It to the Bees is the first film I see at the BFI’s 2019 Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival. Is it good or bad to start off with a poor film? Pros and cons to both I suppose. Tell It to the Bees’ main flaw is in the script, … Continue reading Tell It to the Bees (2018), directed by Annabel Jankel [BFI Flare Festival]

Border (2018), directed by Ali Abbasi – aka: The most romantic film I’ve ever seen.

Border is one of the queerest films I’ve seen in a long time, not because it uses any LGBT+ narrative elements, but because it speaks to the intolerance of normative society and the inability for people to embrace a difference that it cannot fetishize. Tina (Eva Melander) is marked as a difference by her physical … Continue reading Border (2018), directed by Ali Abbasi – aka: The most romantic film I’ve ever seen.