Sunday, May 17, 2015

Chimes at Triskel

Cork's Triskel Christchurch Cinema have asked me to introduce an upcoming screening of Chimes at Midnight this May 30th to mark the centenary of Orson Welles. Perhaps, in the absence of Mr Welles himself or, for that matter, of Jack Falstaff, they needed a fat man with a beard to officiate and I was the nearest to hand. Or maybe it had something to do with this recent piece I wrote about Welles. In any case, it's going to be a splendid event - the chance of seeing this newly restored masterpiece on the big screen is not to be missed!  

Friday, May 15, 2015

Abel Ferrara Kickstarter Campaign

Abel Ferrara, by far the greatest American narrative filmmaker of our time, is seeking funding for a new film starring Willem Dafoe. I urge anyone who possibly can to please contribute.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Magic of Merlin

My article Cinema’s New Sorcery: Jorge Núñez’s Merlin can now be read here:!cinemas-new-sorcery/c1i51

Monday, May 04, 2015

67-69-Take 5 in Pantalla Fantasma @ MUSAC

67-69-Take 5 will play at MUSAC in Léon this Thursday as part of a touring programme of the Pantalla Fantasma festival.

Full programme:

67-69-Take 5 (Maximilian Le Cain)
Flores y rayas (Arcadi Ballester)
1020 Items (Marion Cruza)

Details (in Spanish) here.

Sunday, April 19, 2015


The following announcement from Experimental Film Society. Hours of fun ahoy!

Over the past five years, four prolific underground filmmakers have emerged to define a new and distinctive visionary strain of filmmaking in Ireland. Under the banner of Experimental Film Society, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Dean Kavanagh, Michael Higgins and Maximilian Le Cain have forged a defiantly personal and marginal cinema that is fast becoming recognized as "an important new direction" (Donal Foreman, Estudios Irlandeses) in Irish film. Sharing an exploratory approach to filmmaking where films emerge from the interplay of sound, image and atmosphere rather than traditional storytelling techniques, their work has been singled out for its radical formal qualities and poetic sensibility. Made with low or, most often, no budgets, this is filmmaking at its most challenging and independent.

Now, for the first time, their archive of forty-three feature and medium length films is available on VOD to stream or download. Explore this unique catalogue of work here.

Trailer here.

Any proceeds from the online rental or sale of these films will go towards funding future Experimental Film Society projects.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Coming 2016...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

All's Welles!

My thoughts on the legacy of the great Orson Welles can be found in an article in Verité magazine's Welles centenary tribute (on page 57):