Six at the Flix

From Page to Screen Film Festival 2024
Hard to choose from this year’s excellent line up. However top of my list goes to one of the greatest films of all time.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929)
One of the greatest of all movies…Falconetti’s Joan may be the finest performance ever recorded on film. Pauline Kael. New York Times

Metropolis (1927)
Does what many great films do, creating a time, place and characters so striking that they become part of our arsenal of images for imagining the world. Chicago-Sun Times. Roger Ebert.

Kes (1969)
Kes is Loach at his best. He shot it on a very low budget, on location, using most local non-professionals as his leads…The film has a heart-breaking humanity. Chicago-Sun Times. Roger Ebert.

Stalker (1979)
Stalker is a movie to be watched as many times as physically possible, to be picked apart, discussed, argued over, written about, to inspire music, books, poetry, other movies, teachers, philosophers, historians, governments, even the way an individual might choose to live their life. It really is that astounding. Little White Lies. David Jenkins.

Tish (2023)
There’s passion in this heartrending documentary from film-maker Paul Sng, comparable to his excellent earlier film about Poly Strene, of X-Ray Spex. It is about the Tyneside photographer Tish Murtha who chronicled working-class lives in the northeast in the 70s and 80s (and also those of Soho sex workers in London), earning for herself the nickname “Demon Snapper” in the papers. The Guardian. Peter Bradshaw.

The Beast (2024)
Across each twist in time and place that can rush together without warning, the grounding force to it all is Seydoux.
Collider. Chase Hutchinson.