Shane Danielsen


78 ENTRIES Shane Danielsen is a screenwriter and former artistic director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.


The bureaucracy of evil: ‘The Conference’


The bureaucracy of evil: ‘The Conference’

The horror of Nazi officialdom is laid bare in Matti Geschonneck’s latest film

Still from ‘Men’


Fear as folk: ‘Men’

Writer/director Alex Garland’s latest film is an unsubtle but ambitious pastoral horror, mixing the Christian with the classical

Image still from Davy Chou’s Return to Seoul


Cannes Film Festival 2022 highlights: part two

Un Certain Regard’s outstanding selection included Davy Chou’s ‘Return to Seoul’, Hlynur Palmason’s ‘Godland’ and Thomas M. Wright’s ‘The Stranger’

Image of Joseph Engel and Sara Montpetit in Falcon Lake, directed by Charlotte Le Bon. Photo by Fred Gervais, courtesy of MK2 and Metafilms


Cannes Film Festival 2022 highlights: part one

Mia Hansen-Løve’s ‘One Fine Morning’, Charlotte Le Bon’s ‘Falcon Lake’ and Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk’s ‘Pamfir’ were bright spots in an otherwise underwhelming line-up

Image of Tom Cruise, circa 1980


Sixty business: Tom Cruise

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ hits screens as its ruthlessly career-oriented star turns 60

Still from ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’


One small step: ‘Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood’ and ‘Deep Water’

Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped film evokes the optimism of late-1960s America, while Patricia Highsmith’s thriller gets another disappointing adaptation

Publicity still from ‘The Duke’


Maturity breach: ‘The Duke’ and ‘Big Bug’

While Roger Michell’s final film pairs Jim Broadbent with Helen Mirren in a dignified, grown-up cinema, Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with a juvenile sci-fi sex-comedy

Still image from ‘We Might As Well Be Dead’ by Natalia Sinelnikova. Image © Jan Mayntz / Heartwake films


Berlinale 2022 highlights: part two

Films by Natalia Sinelnikova, Simon Brückner and Isabelle Stever were among those receiving attention at the Berlin International Film Festival

Film still showing Vincent Lindon and Juliette Binoche in ‘Both Sides of the Blade’, directed by Claire Denis. Image © Curiosa Films 2022, courtesy of Berlin Film Festival


Berlinale 2022 highlights: part one

New films by Claire Denis, Lucrecia Martel and Darezhan Omirbaev shine at the Berlin International Film Festival

Still image from EAMI, directed by Paz Encina. Image courtesy of International Film Festival Rotterdam


Rotterdam film festival 2022 highlights

Films by Jacques Doillon, Maryna Er Gorbach, Adilkhan Yerzhanov and Paz Encina are among the standouts from this year’s festival

Still from ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’


Hidden pockets: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’ and ‘The House’

Jasmila Žbanić’s Oscar-nominated portrayal of the ethnic cleansing in Srebrenica, and an unsettling Netflix stop-motion animation anthology

Still image from ‘Utama’, directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi. Image supplied


Sundance Film Festival 2022 highlights

Ricky D’Ambrose’s largely autobiographical ‘The Cathedral’ is breathtaking, while a handful of feature debuts also impress

Still image from ‘Spencer’


The princess and the pea soup: ‘Spencer’

Pablo Larraín’s laboured Princess Diana biopic is a future camp classic

Image of Liliane Amuat and Henriette Confurius in Ramon and Sylvan Zürcher’s film The Girl and the Spider. Image supplied


The best of 2021 on screen

This year may have been difficult to live through, but it produced an extraordinary crop of films

Still from ‘No Time To Die’


The Bond market: ‘Dune’ and ‘No Time To Die’

Blockbuster season begins with a middling 007 and a must-see sci-fi epic