My Significant Film: “Knights of Cups”, by Alexander Cockburn

Despite a fairly recent increase in output it’s still quite a rare cinematic occasion when Terence Malick releases a film, they’re a bit like comet sightings and usually come with some of that same celestial awe and majesty. He’s only released seven films in a career spanning over forty five years. After his academy award […]

My Significant Film: “E.T.” by Nathan Hunt

Steven Spielberg‘s whimsical, yet heavily grounded, science fiction masterpiece, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, became the catalyst to my obsession with the wonderful universe of cinema and the visceral art of filmmaking. The films ability to capture the perspective of a child from the eye of an adult is commendable. Revisiting this film as an adult, Melissa Matherson’s script and the […]

My Significant Film: “Ugly”, by Rasanga Weerasinghe

Talking about crime thrillers, or modern film noir, the usual suspects that come to mind would be a Scorsese, Tarantino, Boyle, and Nolan, or even a Park Chan film. However over the last decade or so, another rebellious auteur named Anurag Kashyap has emerged from India, a writer director who’s largely responsible for influencing India’s […]

My Significant Film: The Skin I Live In, by Corine Attieh

You’re a plastic surgeon, your wife is sternly burned in a fiery car crash; it doesn’t take a genius to presume what you will do next. But what Dr. Robert Ledgard does in Almodovar’s signature psychological thriller, is monstrously sexy, devious provocative and magically crafted. First released in May 2011, the Spanish film The Skin […]

My Significant Film: “Room”, by Margaret Frymire

‘A suspenseful and heartrending drama that finds perhaps the most extreme possible metaphor for how time, regret and the end of childhood can make unknowing captives of us all.’ (Bradshaw 2016) Room opens with the sound of breathing over impressionistic images of an etched wall, a sink, a skylight and the whispered words: “Go back to sleep…” […]

Short Documentary: “Seth’s Dominion”

Our student, animator Luc Chamberland, directed this animated documentary, “Seth’s Dominion” Have a look at the trailer below: Watch it on demand on iTunes. Raindance Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent filmmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. Most of […]

Short Film: “The Good Wife”

Several of our students, living on two continents, collaborated on making a short film, “The Good Wife” Director – Mile S.Crossman Writer – Francesca Nider Editor – Sofija Sztepanov Co Producer – Melinda Lyons Raindance Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent filmmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in […]

Raindance Postgraduate Students’ 48-Hour Film Challenge

In 48 hours, our Postgraduate students were challenged to make a film. Our community being scattered all over the globe, some of these films have been written in Venezuela, shot in Canada, edited in Japan… Here are the astounding results. Ernesto Director: Tom Salt Deadline Director: Zulfiqar Choudhry Jack Writer-director: Scott Cheek-Rodriguez Editor: Jenny Lingham-Doe […]