Venice Film Festival

Venice Awards 2016: A Big Prize For A Long Film

Derek Malcolm | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

Do Film festival awards mean anything anymore? Some doubt it if the successful film is American and full of stars. That sort of movie will find its way with or without prizes at Berlin, Cannes and Venice, the three major competitive jamborees. But the non-English speaking nations would disagree. To win a major festival can make a director's reputation and send his or her film round the world.

Fact As Fiction Or Fiction As Fact?

Derek Malcolm | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

How do you dramatise history on film without adding a large dollop of fiction to the mix? Many have tried and most have failed. But Pablo Larraín succeeds better than many with Jackie, the story of Jackie Kennedy, giving an interview to her ghost writer some time after the assassination of her husband Jack.

Venice Festival: The Young Pope, Hacksaw Ridge & Nocturnal Animals

Derek Malcolm | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

Not only is it extremely violent but the characters in it have more than a passing resemblance to people she knows, including herself. Totally different from A Single Man, the film bows to Blue Velvet as much as any other movie, with bloody fiction bleeding into uncomfortable reality.

Venice Film Festival: Film Reviews

Derek Malcolm | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

You have to take the rough with the smooth at film festivals. Sometimes the films are so impenetrable that boos break out among those left by the end. Sometimes the applause lasts for a full two minutes and nobody leaves early.

Venice Opener: La La Land

Derek Malcolm | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

No one expected Chazelle to make a musical. It is, though, pretty unorthodox stuff, bursting into song and dance when you least expect but mainly concentrating on two things. These are the drama itself between the two leads and a semi-satire of the musical conventions of the past. Does the mix work? Not entirely.

Venice Jury Disturb The Peace

Derek Malcolm | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

The biggest shock was to bestow the coveted Golden Lion for best film to From Afar, a Venezuelan debut by Lorenzo Vigas about a middle-aged gay man who gets involved with a potentially violent street kid. This was a brave and well-made movie but hardly the best in the competition.

At Last... Animation for Adults

Derek Malcolm | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

At last a film at the Venice Festival that may well become a classic of its genre - Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa. Stop motion animation was never this sophisticated, thanks to Kaufman's shrewd screenplay and Johnson's visual flair.

Venice Film Festival: Film Reviews

Derek Malcolm | Posted 07.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

There may not be too many British Films around - most of them have gone to Toronto - but British actors seem to be two-a-penny. Not that Johnny Depp is British but playing his brother in the crime thriller Black Mass is none other than Benedict Cumberbatch.

'Beasts of No Nation'

Derek Malcolm | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

It is a deeply depressing tale. The young boy and his family are first seen sheltering in a village some way away from the coup which is destroying the government forces of their unnamed state. Their hopes of avoiding the conflict between government and rebel forces are ruined when government troops arrive and start slaughtering those who they believe are supporting the coup...

Diane Kruger And Elizabeth Banks Show Us How To Pull Off Autumn Florals

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK Style

The 72nd Venice Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday and we've already been getting some serious new season style inspiration. Florals for spring?...


Derek Malcolm | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

Everest is one of those cinematic spectacles that doesn't insult the intelligence of its audience and tries to tell the truth about an extraordinary adventure as solidly and dramatically as it can.

Are Film Festivals Dying?

Derek Malcolm | Posted 28.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Derek Malcolm

More and more the question being asked is "is to all worth it?" The cynics suggest that a big, starry American film will make its way at the box-office whether or not it wins a Festival prize. And an art movie from a small country will be bought and shown all over the world if it is good enough.

Guess Who Has A Spy Satellite Over Sudan?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK

George Clooney may star as an adrift astronaut in his latest film, but the Hollywood heart-throb is far more busy having a real life space odyssey via...

Brosnan Goes Bilingual in Latest Film

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Scott De Buitléir

Pierce Brosnan has turned his hand at learning a few words of Danish for his latest film, Love Is All You Need, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week.

Connecting With Disconnect

Rollo Ross | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rollo Ross

I really want to because I have fallen in love with a movie here at the Venice film festival but it is quite difficult to focus. Oh. Hang on. I'm just going to retweet something that says the only thing wrong with this movie is it's not in the festival's competition.

Going for a Chinese in Venice

Rollo Ross | Posted 04.11.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rollo Ross

Every year in Venice, the Chinese invade the film festival with their massive army of delegates to launch a movie they hope might permeate through to make it big in the West. It's always a massive gamble, and often they don't succeed. But this year, with Tai Chi 0 I think they're finally onto a winner

'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Opens Venice (and People's Minds?)

Rollo Ross | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Rollo Ross

The story not just touches on but firmly addresses concepts of journalistic and business ethics, international politics and intervention, racism, education, common human morals, and, as the title suggests fundamentalism.

What Actors, Like Rachel Weisz, Have Ended Up On Cutting Room Floor?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Entertainment

Rachel Weisz was yesterday reported to have been cut from director Terrence Malick's new film. The reclusive director is notorious for secretly co...

PHOTOS: Kate Hudson Kicks Off Venice Film Festival In Stunning Nude Dress

WENN | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK Entertainment

The 69th Venice Film Festival kicked off in Italy on Wednesday with the premiere of Kate Hudson's Mira Nair film The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The...

WATCH: Madonna's Worst Ever Attempt At Acting

Posted 13.11.2011 | UK Entertainment

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Madonna has set herself up in a spoof apology video posted on YouTube. The 53-year-old singer was caught on camera during a pr...

Michael Fassbender Wins Best Actor Award

Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Entertainment

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Michael Fassbender has won the best actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for his role in the British film Shame. The German...

PHOTOS 'Wuthering Heights' Premieres At Venice

Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Entertainment

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A film adaptation of Wuthering Heights starring a black actor as Heathcliff has been unveiled at the Venice Film Festival. The...

Who's That Girl? Two Glam Looks From Kaya Scodelario In Venice | Posted 07.11.2011 | UK Style

Chances are, you might recognise actress Kaya Scodelario from her role as teenage tearaway Effy in Skins - but if it's not a name you're familiar with...

The British are Coming: The UK Takes Over the Venice Film Festival

Emma Jones | Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Emma Jones

Our summer riots may be a source of national shame. Likewise, our summer weather. But at least British films are cause for riotous celebrations and thunderous applause at the Venice Film Festival.

Why Gwyneth Paltrow No Longer Stars In Films

Posted 06.11.2011 | UK Entertainment

PRESS ASSOCIATION-- Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she doesn't take starring roles in films since becoming a mother as it would take her away from her c...