May 2020

Arts & Letters

Consolations in isolation: ‘The Platform’ and ‘Free in Deed’

By Shane Danielsen
What is the future of cinema without cinemas?

Shane Danielsen

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

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