Posts Tagged ‘Programme Notes’

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Programme Notes: Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2014)

July 9, 2015

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy during July. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)

May 15, 2015

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria during May. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)

January 12, 2015

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher during January. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

November 11, 2014

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I was commissioned to write a programme note for Glasgow Film Theatre for their screenings of Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan during November. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas, 2012)

May 23, 2013

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I was commissioned to write a set of programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre, for their screenings of Olivier Assayas’ Something in the Air during the months of May and June. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman, 2012)

April 6, 2013

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I was commissioned to write a set of programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre, for their screenings of Yaron Zilberman’s A Late Quartet during the month of April. You can find an online copy of what I produced for them here.

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Programme Notes: The Imposter (Bart Layton, 2012)

August 29, 2012

I was recently contacted to write some programme notes for Glasgow Film Theatre, for their screenings of Bart Layton’s The Imposter. Circumstance meant I was unfortunately a little too late to reply to their offer before someone else took up the job, but I decided to produce some programme notes for the film regardless, just for the sake of practice. This is what I came up with.

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Please note that this article contains spoilers.

Over three years after a child’s 1994 disappearance in San Antonio, Texas, a seemingly traumatised young man found in a phone booth in Spain claimed to be the missing boy. Nicholas Barclay, a blue-eyed, blonde thirteen year old American now had brown eyes, dark hair dyed blonde, an inescapable French accent, less pale skin, and looked much older than sixteen. When circumstances led authorities to believe him after an ambiguously articulated tale, the Barclay family was contacted and Nicholas’ sister travelled to Spain to meet him. Claiming to have escaped from a child prostitution ring where he was tortured, this Nicholas was an imposter, but somehow got by on a series of lies with relatively little question. Sister Carey was convinced this really was Nicholas, changed after abuse that supposedly included physical alterations and punishment upon any speaking of his native tongue, and after arriving in Texas, the imposter was also accepted by Nicholas Barclay’s mother and most of his immediate family. Upon his eventual reveal as a fraud, the press at the time nicknamed the man as “The Chameleon”, and Bart Layton’s documentary The Imposter depicts the stranger than fiction tale in an enthralling fashion that doesn’t just rely on the key events of its baffling true story for potency. Read the rest of this entry ?