Friday, 30 November 2018

My debut short: Hunting Rabbits

Hunting Rabbits from Patricia Hetherington on Vimeo.

This month I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to direct 'Hunting Rabbits', my debut narrative short film together with Action on the Side, a short film making programme that brings together a diverse crew with mixed experience to develop, shoot, edit and screen a short film in one calendar month. Or to be more precise, in three weekends - the final weekend was the screening weekend. Yes, there were also a few evenings thrown in, but since most people involved (myself included) had full time day jobs outside of the project, the bulk of the work was done in less than 10 days.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Top 10 Films of 2017

As the year draws to a close,  it seems as if every magazine and newspaper is replete with 'best/worst X of 2017' lists on every facet of pop culture and lifestyle. In a year of singular villainy, we've even felt the need to call out the 'best people', if only to remind ourselves of the few bright sparks in an otherwise lacking moral landscape. I, for one, love a good list and naturally the only lists I really care about have been this year's 'best movie' lists. But I have to admit that as I was reflecting on the year I actually found 2017 to be a year of slim pickings, box office bombs and critical nose-dives.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Movie of the Week: I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro can be best described as a manifesto for James Baldwin’s revolutionary brand of thought on American constructions of race, racism, and whiteness. Through the prism of archival footage, Baldwin’s own speeches, interviews, letters and essays (brilliantly narrated by Samuel L. Jackson) director Raoul Peck brings to life Baldwin’s blisteringly incisive insight as America’s foremost social critic, together with his cool rage as a black man living in the deep shadow of inequality and injustice.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Liberty, guilt and morality in The Battle of Algiers

Watching Michael Haneke’s Hidden / Cache (2005), a film that deftly probes the guilt of France’s bloody colonial past, I was reminded of the power of Gillo Pontecorvo’s 1966 masterpiece The Battle of Algiers.  The film portrays the brutal real-life struggle for liberty between the French colonial government and the indigenous Algerian National Liberation Front (FNL) that raged in the capital city of French Algeria between 1954 and 1962 when Algeria won independence.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Seduction, sensationalism and the Femme Fatale in American Film Noir

Film Noir is often regarded as a quintessentially American genre defined by enduring Hollywood classics such as The Postman Always Rings Twice, Murder My Sweet  and Double Indemnity and the glamorous stars they created. Characterised by sharp, unembellished dialogue and punctuated with slang and sexual innuendo, the genre eschewed the constraints of respectable literary sources and instead took inspiration from the disreputable popular crime fiction of the day.