Tag: Film

Controversial Black Lives Matter film hailed at Venice

by Fiachra GIBBONS Controversial US director Nate Parker said Monday that he hopes his powerful new film about police violence against black men will help save lives. "American Skin" received an eight-minute standing ovation after it premiered at the Venice film festival, with Spike Lee --...

Rape rows risk taking sheen off starry Venice film festival

by Fiachra GIBBONS The star-studded Venice film festival opens Wednesday with a row raging about the inclusion of controversial directors Roman Polanski and Nate Parker. With only two women directors out of 21 in the running for its Golden Lion top prize, campaigners have lashed the...

Ilo Ilo: A warm and sincere film

Chen in the middle, in rust-brown trousers
By Zafar Anjum In mid-June 2011 when I was attending a screenplay writing residency in Singapore, I thought I was working on a unique project. My story was about a Filipino maid in Singapore who gets fired during the financial crisis of 2007-8. How many...