Phantom Thread

A LOOK INTO FILM - Phantom Thread (2017)

'Love in a Vial' by Arsentiy Novak - Film Rep @ FAFF

'Emptiness. That is the first thing one is greeted with upon exiting the cinema. An overwhelming void, precisely an antithesis to the last words spoken by Day Lewis on the film screen. There is no hunger left within us despite the ethereal beauty of Paul Thomas Anderson’s story. Perhaps that exhaustion is the very point, for such is the nature of any true romance. Yet despite the search, I find myself lacking any capability to return to Alma’s love story...'

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Stranger Things 2

A Look At Stranger Things 2 (2017)

'Tenderly Outré' by Arsentiy Novak - Film Rep @ FAFF

'What Season Two thrives on is unpredictability. You may never know where it will take you and you long to find out. Something incomprehensible is its dominance in both the everyday life of Hawkins and its darker counterpart. Our interest is taught wherever the events take place...'

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War for the Planet of The Apes

A LOOK INTO FILM - War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

'The Battle Against a Planet of Fools' by Arsentiy Novak - Film Rep @ FAFF

'One often hears it said that great cinema is dying; Hollywood delivers the hammer-blows of blockbusters unto the coffin of art. The resurrected ‘Planet of The Apes’ franchise proves the lid isn’t shut as tightly as predicted - a predecessor of the newest entry cemented its place as a masterpiece. “War for the Planet of The Apes,” however is not “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” It doesn’t quite reach the same depth, nor the rawness of emotion, despite its screaming name. But...'

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Formula of Love

A LOOK INTO FILM - Formula of Love (1984)

'Формула любви' by Arsentiy Novak - Film Representative @ FAFF

''Formula of Love' was the seventh entry to Mark Zakharov’s very selective filmography. Released in 1984, the midst of the golden age of Soviet cinema, it proved itself not only worthy of standing alongside the other titans, but also as one of the most enigmatic of Zakharov’s works...'

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American Psycho

A LOOK INTO FILM - American Pyscho (2000)

'A Tale of Our Own Hypocrisy' by Arsentiy Novak - Film Representative @ FAFF

It is a rare find, to find a film who’s eloquence and wit transcend the everyday description. It is thus ill-reasoned to judge it via the accepted criteria. There are no philosophical truths to be found on the surface, there is no flash cinematography nor is there a gripping storyline. Rather, this film is an intimate insight into the mind of a psychopath and with it into the disturbing nature of our own life.

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FAFF 2017 Screening Event Photos

"The inaugural Fast Anchor Film Festival (Saturday, February 4th) was everything its organisers could have hoped for and more; so high was the standard, so compelling the productions and so full the theatre." - Charles Britten, audience member 2017.

Some photos from the night. Thanks to everyone who came. 

Details for FAFF 2018 coming soon.

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Hell or High Water

A LOOK INTO FILM - Hell or High Water (2016)

'The Dangers of Guns and Familial Love' by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Determined to break from the cycle of poverty he finds himself trapped in for the sake of his sons and their family ranch, divorcee Toby Howard (Chris Pine) joins his brother, Tanner (Ben Foster), in robbing a series of banks across Texas...

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Fast Anchor Film Festival
Mental Illness in the Horror Genre

DISSECTING FILM - Mental Illness in the Horror Genre

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Horror, as a genre, often plays on its audience’s wariness of people with mental illness, even exploiting psychological conditions in an attempt to increase the film’s ability to scare and shock. Linking to the exploitation of mental illness in the Gothic genre of literature, horror films - when dealing with human antagonists - often ask the question of whether...

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Fast Anchor Film Festival
Suicide Squad

A LOOK INTO FILM - Suicide Squad (2016)

'The Antihero of Superhero Films'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Amid a haze of bad reviews, I am prepared to defend DC’s Suicide Squad…to a degree. While this dark, violent romp may appease some comic book fans, it has certainly met with derision from several critics, and for several reasons. Though I agree that Suicide Squad has many flaws, there is some evidence to suggest that this is for good reason, and that they do not detract from one’s overall enjoyment. Now, on with the main show…

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The Nice Guys

A LOOK INTO FILM - The Nice Guys (2016)

'They're not so nice'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Based on the collaboration of two private detectives investigating the death of a porn star, Holland March (Ryan Gosling) and Jackson Healy (Russell Crowe) begin their love-hate relationship with slapstick violence that brings several worrying, high-pitched noises from Gosling...

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Captain America: Civil War

A LOOK INTO FILM - Captain America: Civil War (2016)


by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Unfortunately, I have been told that the line ‘THIS FILM WAS AWESOME’ does not constitute a proper review, and so I must try to elaborate. Many movie-goers will be asking what differentiates this film from the numerous other comic-book adaptations floating around these days, and I comprehend the unwillingness to thoughtlessly consume that which is so obviously manufactured by Hollywood and Disney...

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12 Angry Men

A LOOK BACK AT FILM - 12 Angry Men (1957)

'Juror 10'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

The jurors in a trial of murder, twelve men begin a discussion of how simple the case looks: the young man accused, from the slums of New York, has clearly murdered his father in a fit of rage. Yet, Juror 8 (Henry Fonda) disputes the irrefutability of the decision, raising the issue of ‘reasonable doubt’. In his attempt to convince the other jurors that the young man should not be convicted, as the evidence is not so damning as first thought, the other characters’ prejudices and weaknesses begin to shine through...

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Hail, Caesar!

A LOOK INTO FILM - Hail, Caesar! (2016)

'The Timelessness of Film and Greed'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

Colourful, chaotic…the Coen brother’s most recent triumph is an exposé of the Hollywood golden age, detailing a day in the life of studio executive and ‘fixer’, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), head of physical production at Capitol Pictures. Set in the early 1950s, the story centres on the creation of the titular film, Hail, Caesar!, a Roman epic on the coming of Christ. The star, Baird Whitlock (George Clooney), is drugged while on set and kidnapped, only to be ransomed for $100,000 by his captors, a Communist cell. This plot-line continues intermittently throughout the film, hilariously interrupted by short, sketch-like episodes that highlight the necessity of Mannix’s job...

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10 Cloverfield Lane

A LOOK INTO FILM - 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

'A Claustrophobic Thriller'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

The ability of an actor to transfer the emotions of their character to an audience is a skill especially vital to films which rely on suspense, as 10 Cloverfield Lane does. Though it uses the same, notorious name as the Matt Reeves action film (Cloverfield, 2008), Dan Trachtenburg has chosen to take this quasi-sequel in a different direction to the sci-fi scare-fest...

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The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale

A LOOK INTO FILM - The Witch (2016)

'The Horror of Adolescence'

by Charlotte Haley - 2016 Film Representative @ FAFF

It is rare to find a film that integrates terror - as Ann Radcliffe described it, ‘awful apprehension’ - with the lunch-disturbing characteristics of horror. Robert Eggers’ directorial debut attempts admirably to do just this, combining the dread of an innocent young woman’s condemnation with the kind of reserved gore that features only in a confident Gothic narrative...

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