Showroom Cinema: ‘Clio Barnard’s Dark River runs into Sheffield for special Q&A’
When Francis Lee’s magnificent and Yorkshire set God’s Own Country exploded onto cinema screens last year, it felt like it mined a similar kind of vein as Hope Dickson Leach’s remarkable 2017 debut – The Levelling - in sprawling, emotional and beautiful fashion.
February is LGBT+ History month in the UK – 4 weeks dedicated to tackling homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; celebrating equality; and raising awareness on matters concerning the LGBT+ community. There’s a wealth of fantastic events taking place across our city organised by such wonderful people as LGBT Sheffield, SAYiT, Friends of Edward Carpenter and at both universities.
Frankly McDormand, I do give a damn! Fans of Fargo make merry; Blood Simple paint the town red; and Raising Arizona rejoice for the frankly fantastic Frances McDormand is back on our cinema screens this week!
It’s the time of year for promises, resolutions and good intentions as we cross from one year to the next - of blank slates and fresh starts, and of understanding our mistakes and learning from them. As if by coincidence, January 5 brings to the Showroom three films about physical and emotional journeys with themes of what it means to be human in an ever-changing world, and of how deeper delves into ourselves and into history can hold a mirror up to the present.
The Afghanistan that is most familiar to UK screens is a war-torn desert country, full of soldiers and certainly not a place that would be high on most people’s holiday destination list. After being based in Afghanistan covering news reporting for French radio, director Sonia Kronlund turned her camera on a more surprising subject, the filmmaking of Salim Shaheen.