LOCKE - Review

LOCKE – Review

It was quite a surprise when last month, while attending the press screening for Locke, one of the PR people introduced the film’s writer/director Steven Knight discreetly tiptoeing inside the screening room at the Soho Hotel in London. He was there for less than five minutes in order to give...
How Fashion Sells Sex

How Fashion Sells Sex

  Sex sells. Cars, directory enquiries, home insurance, detergent; whatever the product or service, most industries have used sex to stimulate consumer interest. There is a fine balance between the explicitness of the marketing provocation and the type of product being peddled; detergent can be made to appeal through the...
Wild At Heart: Russell Young at Imitate Modern

Wild At Heart: Russell Young at Imitate Modern

Imitate Modern, based in affluent W1, have turned their space into a shrine to the golden age of celebrity. Working with iconic images, spanning the 1950s through to 1989, artist Russell Young creates a contemporary take on the Warhol screen print as he makes artwork based on well-known faces. All...
Candid Issue 8 is out now

Candid Issue 8 is out now

Editor’s Letter Long awaited by readers and Editors alike is Issue 8 of Candid Magazine. In this bumper issue we have amassed the largest number of editorials in Candid’s history. The editorials feature high-end designers such as Lou Dalton, Nicole Farhi, Baartmans, Siegel and many many more. Since the previous...
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THE SEA - Review

THE SEA – Review

The Sea, based on John Banville’s award-winning novel of the same name, is the sombre and often tense story of Max (Ciarán Hinds), a bereaved art historian who, after the death of his wife, Anna (Sinéad Cusack), visits a house he frequented in his childhood’s summers, owned at the time by Carlo (Rufus Sewell) and...
We Are The Best! - Review

We Are The Best! – Review

This sweet lively ode to the rebellious nature of youth is a definitive punk film. Based on the adaptation of the graphic novel by director Lukas Moodysson’s wife, We Are The Best! explores not the chaotic years of 15 and 16-year-olds, but takes us instead to preteen lives and puts them in a punk band....
Floating Skyscrapers - DVD Review

Floating Skyscrapers – DVD Review

For us living in the relatively progressive western world a film like Floating Skyscrapers may almost feel a bit like an anachronistic piece of queer cinema. But writer/director Tomasz Wasilewski has called it himself the first LGBT Polish film and that immediately reminds us of the dire conditions queer people who live in Eastern Europe...
Reaching For The Moon - Review

Reaching For The Moon – Review

Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bruno Barreto returns with his biographical drama Reaching for the Moon, based on the true love story of American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto), and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires), creator of Rio’s Flamengo Park. Reaching for the Moon is a visual continuum of erotic elegance so boldly...
Magic Magic - Review

Magic Magic – Review

A descent into madness is the focus in Sebastian Silva’s Magic Magic when a young group of students take a trip to the Chilean countryside. The tense ride drops us in with five young adults, an isolated cabin and a slipping curtain between what is real and what is dream. Juno Temple stars as Alicia...
New Music - D/C

New Music – D/C

London producer and vocalist D/C may well be under the musical radar right now, but after listening to his debut EP ‘Epiphany’, I doubt how much longer this talent will remain unknown. Mates with duo of the moment Gorgon City (perhaps due to his vocal similarity to MNEK of ‘Ready For Your Love’ fame) D/C...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Review

There is always a certain challenge in writing a review for a film that follows very close to your own heart. The danger usually resides in either being overly judgemental and harsh if the film falls short of your expectations or giving it undue praise because of loyalty as a fan. With this in mind,...
A-Z of World Cinema

A-Z of World Cinema

An adaptation of the graphic novel written by his wife Coco, Swedish director Lukas Moodysson’s new film We Are the Best! (pictured above) revolves around three girls (Bobo, Klara and Hedvig ) in 1980s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk...
PIONEER - Review

PIONEER – Review

Hollywood is most certainly not indifferent to Scandinavian cinema as remakes of Swedish, Danish and Norwegian films (and TV dramas) keep popping out left and right while the Nordic filmmakers behind the original versions gain their chance to get hired for US based projects. That’s why the name Erik Skjoldbjærg might not reveal much by...
The Quiet Ones - Review

The Quiet Ones – Review

Hammer Films was a popular production company in the 60s and 70s before it shut down but has since then been resurrected like the plot of so many of its films and brought to the screen several titles including: The Resident, The Woman in Black and now The Quiet Ones. Hammer horror films in their...
Tom At The Farm - Review

Tom At The Farm – Review

From an early age Xavier Dolan, the Quebecois marvel, has dominated the film world. He was 20-years old when he released his first film, J’ai tué ma mere (I Killed My Mother), which won three awards at Cannes, and since then he has continued making hits with the likes of Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires). Much...
BFI Flare Highlights: My Prairie Home

BFI Flare Highlights: My Prairie Home

If gay and lesbian cinema is a tough sale I can’t even begin to imagine how hard things are for transgender-based stories. Certainly a film like 52 Tuesdays that screened as the closing night gala at the BFI Flare after winning the Directing Award at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale is an...
Artist Profile: Tek.Lun

Artist Profile: Tek.Lun

Baltimore artist Tek.Lun is one of the latest proteges to emerge from L.A. beat label Huh What & Where Recordings. Tek.Lun aka Rashad Williams dropped his debut LP – Ridin’ Round – for the label a few days ago, and Get Me is one of our favorite cuts from the LP. Having made a guest appearance on HW&W’s first...
Ceramic Art London 2014

Ceramic Art London 2014

  Today saw the opening of Ceramic Art London, the biggest fair for contemporary ceramic art held in London. Celebrating its 10th birthday the show takes place every year for one weekend only at the Royal College of Art. So if your looking for something enticing to occupy your weekend, then come meet some of...
THE DOUBLE - Review

THE DOUBLE – Review

I was lucky enough to see The Double whilst at the BFI London Film Festival in October. A few months later, the film is still fresh in my mind for its unique style, deadpan humour and subtle performances. This is definitely one of the best films of 2014 so far. Its strengths are down to...
HONOUR - Review

HONOUR – Review

It is thought that up to 12 honour killings happen each year in the UK. Honour killings are violent acts of vengeance, committed by male family members against female relatives who allegedly brought dishonour upon the family. Refusing to enter into an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce and...
BFI Flare Highlights: Hawaii - Last Summer

BFI Flare Highlights: Hawaii – Last Summer

It almost felt serendipitous that the last two films I had the pleasure to watch this past weekend at BFI Flare were both intimate and tasteful love stories built around mood rather than a traditional narrative. Yet, despite similar bucolic summer settings and focusing the story on two characters and a specific period in their...
BFI Flare Closing Night Gala: 52 Tuesdays

BFI Flare Closing Night Gala: 52 Tuesdays

The closing gala screening of Flare, the BFI’s newly renamed LGBT+ festival, was the ambitious 52 Tuesdays. It is Australian filmmaker Sophia Hyde’s directorial debut and delves into the relationship between a mother and daughter. This much-buzzed film has performed superbly in different festival circuits, winning awards from prestigious outings such as Sundance and Berlinale....
Fleeting Moments of Abstraction – Darío Urzay  – Constructing in the Ruins - Madrid

Fleeting Moments of Abstraction – Darío Urzay – Constructing in the Ruins – Madrid

Unidentifiable forms and shapes in intensely bright colours – the first impressions of Darío Urzay’s paintings are visual excess. A deep blue colour foundation appears beside fiery red shapes. However, his work suggests more than the eye permits you to see at first; the Spanish artist delves deeper into an abstract world. It is a...
DVD Release: How To Survive A Plague - A chat with filmmaker David France

DVD Release: How To Survive A Plague – A chat with filmmaker David France

In a socio-political climate where being gay is still an issue despite many steps forward in the path to equality, a film like How To Survive A Plague couldn’t be more timely and relevant. This is documentary filmmaking at its finest and it’s quite impressive as a film debut from journalist and writer David France,...
#EDITME

#EDITME

Westfield, that sprawling shopping Mecca, has partnered with the style search engine Snap Fashion in order to launch Edit Me, which not only already has its own hashtag, but also looks like it might cure all the oufit envy that has ever existed. The new website allows you to search thousands of products from both...
Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Review

April 2012. This was the month that drastically altered the landscape of the superhero film universe thanks to the release of Marvel’s behemoth showpiece The Avengers. Bringing together a mouth-watering cast of superstar actors and characters, the film smashed box office records similar to the Hulk’s ability to smash up…well, pretty much anything. It currently...
New Music - Lucius

New Music – Lucius

If Haim and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were ever to collaborate, the result would sound a lot like Lucius. Smooth melodic voices merged with acoustic guitars and tribal bass drums form the basis of most of the tracks on their debut album, Wildewoman, interspersed with the odd guitar screech (Go Home), electronic keyboard ditty and...
BFI Flare Highlights: Bridegroom

BFI Flare Highlights: Bridegroom

Bridegroom is much more than a documentary. It’s a love letter to true love and how we all deserve to experience it, no matter who we are. It’s based on the viral You Tube video “It could Happen To You” by Shane Bitney Crone who lost his partner Tom Bridegroom back in May 2011 in...
BFI Flare: G.B.F. - A chat with director Darren Stein & star Michael J. Willett

BFI Flare: G.B.F. – A chat with director Darren Stein & star Michael J. Willett

Friday at BFI Flare was most definitely G.B.F. day. Directed by Darren Stein, writer/director of 1999’s teen cult Jawbreaker and starring Michael J. Willet (The United States Of Tara), Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars), Andrea Bowen (Desperate Housewives) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) among many others, G.B.F. is a funny and cute coming of...
BFI Flare Opening Night Gala: Lilting

BFI Flare Opening Night Gala: Lilting

The newly re-christened BFI Flare aka the London LGBT Film Festival officially kicked off its 2014 edition last night with the European Premiere of British indie drama Lilting, a lyrical piece of filmmaking that was a perfect choice for the festival’s opening gala and it’s hopefully destined to touch audiences’ hearts just like it did...
Labor Day - Review

Labor Day – Review

It seems like when he’s not directing a script written by Diablo Cody like he did with Young Adult in 2011 and Juno back in 2007, Jason Reitman likes to specialize in directing films based on novels he adapted. That’s what happened with his feature debut Thank You For Smoking (2005) and his multi-laurelled Up...