Posts By: Andrea Kurland

The Man Booker Prize winners you need to know

Last night the Man Booker panel announced László Krasznahorkai as the winner of its 2015 International Award. A Hungarian writer translated into English, Krasznahorkai was described by the panel as “a visionary writer of extraordinary intensity and vocal range” on the level of Kafka and Beckett. Nobody seems upset by the announcement. Krasznahorkai’s award will… Read more »

Easkey Britton is channelling surfing into social change

#7 – Easkey Britton Surfer Easkey Britton broke ground riding impossible waves in her native Northern Ireland as a teenager, but gained international attention in 2010 when she travelled to Chabahar, Iran in search of overlooked surf. Returning to the region with filmmaker Marion Poizeau in 2013 – this time intent on engaging local women in the sport – Britton… Read more »

Courtney Barnett found her stride by letting go of insecurity

This time last year, Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s music had already blown through the Internet on a cloud of smoke. On the back of debut singles ‘Avant Gardner’ and ‘History Eraser’ and the critical acclaim that they’d drawn, Barnett was touring the world with her band and had a full length LP in the works. It was then that… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Auschwitz Drama is the Only Feature To Be Shown on 35mm

There’s a lot to recommend Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes‘ astonishing debut feature, Son of Saul. He handles the grotesquerie of the Auschwitz setting by shooting in shallow focus. Actor/poet Géza Röhrig’s dirty, exhausted, tormented face is often the only clear image in the frame. Röhrig plays Saul, a Jewish ‘Sonderkommando’ deemed strong enough to work for a… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Look out for cinematographer James Klopko

The star of Canadian director Andrew Cividino’s debut feature, Sleeping Giant, is a lake. Cividno grew up around Lake Superior in Ontario and has said that he wanted to capture the energy of that setting. He can be satisfied on that count. While the dynamic sometimes feels contrived in this teenage boy-led tale of an unforgettable… Read more »

Dispatches from Cannes: Anarchists in 19th century France

Last time that 21-year-old actress, Adèle Exarchopoulos, was in Cannes she made the record for being the youngest artist to win the Palme d’Or. It was 2013 and her film was the passionate and painfully comprehensive lesbian love story, Blue is the Warmest Colour. Along with director, Abdellatif Kechiche, and co-star, Lea Seydoux, she deservedly walked… Read more »

Cannes Film Festival Opens With A Film About Social Welfare

Cannes Film Festival organisers like to perpetuate the image of its glitz and glamour by making sure that sparkling A-list actors are decorating the red carpet from the get go. Scheduling the opening film as Standing Tall (French title: La tête haute) by Emmanuelle Bercot – a director that no one had really heard of who… Read more »

Fiftieth Issue Special

When we sat down nine years ago to make issue one of this magazine, we didn’t know an awful lot. We had a good idea of who we were – as much as anyone does when they’re first starting out – but most of all we just had a load of questions. The world, in… Read more »

Best photography of the month

In a month rocked by earthquakes, protests and a tragic wake-up call in the Mediterranean Sea, the documentary photography community has rallied together, as always, to focus our attention on the stories that matter. It’s been a good month for recognition too, with stacks of worthy winners at prestigious awards, great interviews and killer self-assignments…. Read more »