Exclusive Interview – One Man and His Shoes director Yemi Bamiro on the Air Jordan, sneaker culture and trying to get Spike Lee on camera
George Nash speaks with filmmaker Yemi Bamiro about his debut feature documentary One Man and His Shoes, which is screening at this year’s London Film Festival…
After The Last Dance, the recent 10-part series documenting arguably sporting history’s most feted dynasty, the 1990s Chicago Bulls, one might presume we know all there is to know about their talismanic star, Michael Jordan.
One Man and His Shoes, South London filmmaker Yemi Bamiro’s deep-dive into the legacy of the Air Jordan, sugges...
Body of Water, 2020.
Written and directed by Lucy Brydon.
Starring Siân Brooke, Amanda Burton, Fabienne Piolini-Castle, Nick Blood and Kazia Pelka.
A mother suffering from anorexia struggles to repair the relationship with her estranged teenage daughter.
The poignancy of writer/director Lucy Brydon’s debut feature unfurls with a potent, twofold timeliness. Body of Water, a taut, quietly powerful film about anorexia and the dangers of vulnerable people in isolation, arrives with the ...
Directed by Garrett Bradley.
A mother of six fights for the release of her husband, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence.
13th, Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated, Emmy Award-winning documentary from 2016, begins with an alarming statistic: One out of four African-American males will serve prison time at one point or another in their lives. For many viewers, it hits like a proverbial tonne of bricks – a devastating fact that illuminates a startling disproportion in the U...
The Painter and the Thief, 2020.
Directed by Benjamin Ree.
A Czech artist forms a surprising friendship with a Norwegian man who stole two of her paintings.
For journalist-turned-documentary-filmmaker Benjamin Ree, the desire to make an art heist movie had been simmering away since the release of his acclaimed chess-champ doc Magnus in 2016. But even at the point of hitting the record button on his latest project – a stranger-than-fiction account of an unlikely friendship between a ...
By George Nash.
It was a mild August evening on Tyneside when Aaron Hughes blazed a penalty high over the bar and into the sea of black-and-white-clad supporters behind the goal. Wednesday 27 August, 2003, to be precise — at the end of an energy-sapping Champions League third qualifying round second leg between Newcastle United and Partizan Belgrade.
The miss, coming in sudden death of the shootout, would prove costly. Milivoje Ćirković of the Serbian side stepped up next, sent Shay Given the...
George Nash assesses the cinematic output of the subversive Dutch provocateur Paul Verhoeven…
On the Rotten Tomatoes page of Showgirls, the critical consensus reads as follows: “Vile, contemptible, garish, and misogynistic — and that might just be exactly Showgirls‘ point”.
It’s about as perfect as any summation could hope to be in capturing the journey taken by Paul Verhoeven’s hugely divisive film about a small-town stripper with big, Vegas-size dreams in the quarter of a century since it f...
Like the most technical of technical challenges on The Great British Bake Off, Love Sarah, the debut feature film from London-based filmmaker Eliza Schroeder, combines a multitude of different ingredients. The story, about three women who decide to open a bakery in Notting Hill after tragedy strikes, blends humour and heartache, mixes generational dynamics with multiculturalism, and fuses doughy warmth with actual dough.
Starring Celia Imrie, Shelley Conn and Shannon Tarbet, with supporting r...
By George Nash.
In the aftermath of last weekend’s Champions League final, there were many things to dissect and discuss. Kingsley Coman’s performance; Neymar’s tears; Thiago’s future; Thomas Müller’s brain; Steve McManaman appearing to confuse Superman with Gandalf the Grey…
Of all the names grabbing the headlines, however, it’s somewhat fitting that the one notably absent from the Lisbon debrief is a player whose contribution has largely gone unnoticed: Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka.
By George Nash.
Macaulay Culkin and Steve Buscemi. Will Poulter and Sid from Toy Story. Angela Merkel and the Kazoo Kid. In keeping with the trend of ‘Feel Old Yet?’ memes being plastered all over Twitter timelines and Facebook feeds daily, here’s one for you: Alphonso Davies was born in the year 2000.
Around the same time Davies was taking his first breaths in the Buduburam refugee camp in the Gamoa East District of Ghana, I was most likely kicking back with a couple of Turkey Twizzlers and ...
Get Duked!, 2019.
Written and directed by Ninian Doff.
Starring Samuel Bottomley, Viraj Juneja, Rian Gordon, Lewis Gribben, Jonathan Aris, Kate Dickie, Kevin Guthrie, Alice Lowe, James Cosmo, Georgie Glen and Eddie Izzard.
A group of teenagers must evade mysterious hunters in the Scottish Highlands while trying to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
It’s been a strange, tumultuous year for cinema, and that was before Prince Philip became the unlikely inspiration behind a horror co...
By George Nash.
From tears in Turin to dentist chairs at Wembley and wrecked hotel rooms in La Manga, it’s fair to say, of all the British sporting sagas that could conceivably make the jump to the big screen, none would be more suitable than the Paul Gascoigne story.
The tale of a working-class boy from Gateshead who became a national icon, before well-publicised personal issues somewhat tainted his reputation, is brimming with the same tragic heroism often found at the heart of many fiction...
By George Nash.
“There’s a world of difference between what people think of Nico, and Nico,” says Thierry Henry of fellow countryman Nicolas Anelka during an interview in the latest Netflix sporting documentary Anelka: Misunderstood.
It’s a statement that can be uttered with a certain degree of authority by Henry, the Montreal Impact head coach having formed a close bond with the eponymous striker early on in their careers while attending the Clairefontaine national football centre located on...
Killer Raccoons! 2! Dark Christmas in the Dark, 2020.
Written and Directed by Travis Irvine.
Starring Yang Miller, Evelyn Troutman, Mitch Rose, Ron Lynch, Tom Lyons and Ron Jeremy.
On Christmas Eve, a former student is released from a decade-long stint in prison and, eager to leave town, boards an express train bound for Washington D.C.. Before long, however, a group of thought-to-be-dead criminals have hijacked the train along with a team of gun-wielding raccoons.
Somewhere in the ...
By George Nash.
The step over. The Cruyff turn. The flip-flap. Every so often, a single piece of ingenious, seemingly instinctive improvisation sends football fans spiralling into a crazed frenzy.
It prompts children and adults alike to take to fields, streets and living rooms everywhere in the name of imitation, where knees are scraped, forearms bruised and IKEA décor obliterated in pursuit of perfecting the intricate skills and silky manoeuvres they’ve witnessed from the terraces and TV scr...
Parasite: Black-And-White Edition, 2020.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho.
Starring Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hyae-jin, Park So-dam, Cho Yeo-jeong, Lee Sun-kyun, Jung Ziso and Lee Jung-eun.
A poor family living in a semi-basement apartment trick their way into the lavish home of a wealthy one by posing as various household workers.
It feels like a lifetime ago that Parasite made history at the 92nd Academy Awards. And in many ways, it was. Five months since the South Korean movie be...