Celebrating Indie Film: Interview With Caris Rianne

The film industry can feel daunting at the best of times. With much of it currently on hold, the importance of independent filmmakers has never been so prevalent. This is one of the reasons I wanted to talk to Caris Rianne, the founder of Rianne Pictures – a company that celebrates the works of women and non-binary filmmakers, and offers volunteer positions to those who … Continue reading Celebrating Indie Film: Interview With Caris Rianne

Redefining Rebellion: In Conversation with Kaleem Aftab

After 6 months of closure and online access to celebrated pieces, the BFI are back and open to the public with their ‘Redefining Rebellion’ season. This programme highlights the 25th anniversary and the 4K restoration of Mathieu Kassovitz’s La Haine, accompanied by other selected pieces that too explore these themes of conflict and justice. Amongst these are pieces such as Persepolis, Beau Travail, Taxi Driver, … Continue reading Redefining Rebellion: In Conversation with Kaleem Aftab

Discussing The Attention Economy and ‘Logan Paul Moments’ with ‘Spree’ Director and Co-Writer Eugene Kotlyarenko

Earlier in August, I got the chance to watch Spree, an incredibly dark and inventive satire on the infectious desire for social fame, and I expressed how amazing I thought it was here. I reached out to Eugene over Twitter, and he was very graceful to let me interview him in the midst of handling Spree’s marketing and promotion. Sab Astley: Firstly, how’re you? Eugene … Continue reading Discussing The Attention Economy and ‘Logan Paul Moments’ with ‘Spree’ Director and Co-Writer Eugene Kotlyarenko

Yes, Eleanor And Park is Becoming a Movie. No, It’s Still Not Good Asian Representation.

A Conversation With #WeNeedDiverseBooks Founder and YA Author Ellen Oh 2020’s film announcements have just gotten weirder and weirder.  Last month, Plan B Entertainment announced the greenlight for Rainbow Rowell’s 2012 young adult romance novel Eleanor & Park. The book quickly shot to fame, marketed as a tender love story between two teenagers, one white and one mixed Korean-American, in 1980s Nebraska. Despite the racism … Continue reading Yes, Eleanor And Park is Becoming a Movie. No, It’s Still Not Good Asian Representation.