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[Film Review] The Story of 90 Coins

» August 15, 2017 · · Blog » no responses

What strikes me first about The Story of 90 Coins is that it is a beautifully made piece. There is a sumptuous feel throughout its 10 minute running time. Shot in China and directed by Michael Wong, the story follows love birds Wang and Chen’s unfolding relationship. From the local food kiosks to the rainy alley ways; the backdrop is both unusual and familiar. The characters are young professionals; a graphic designer and a fashion designer. These pairings give the film a domestic and glamourous feel, something exotic yet everyday which lends a real charm to the story.  

90 Coins I feel comes from the same tradition of romance as The Notebook. There is an enduring sense of love, marked by the coins Wang gives out during the couple’s courtship. Yet this is just the beginning of the tale. Wang’s plan is a success and they marry but life eventually takes its toll. Chen, the aspiring designer, finds her priorities diverted towards career as the narrative transitions more and more to her point-of-view.

Unfortunately there is only so much you can fit into a short film but 90 Coins’ timeline spans the relationship comfortably without making the viewer feel rushed. I would credit this to the cinematography and Michael Wong’s directing skills. Flashbacks are used seamlessly and the leads convincingly portray the life and lifestyle of their characters. I would have enjoyed seeing a longer version of this film, just to experience more of Wang and Chen’s love story but these are just the constraints of a short film!

All in all The Story of 90 Coins is a treat for the eyes; polished and pretty, complemented by the lighting and music that range from whimsical to emotional. I couldn’t fault the technical work that’s gone into the production, which has already won several accolades including best cinematography and best director.

This is a modern love story with just enough old-fashioned sweetness and I am sure the film will inspire an idea or two in its viewers. As to whether Chen chooses love over career, well that will show just how modern this love story really is.

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Berlin Birthday: 11th-13th December 2016

» February 28, 2017 · · Blog » no responses

So I was taken to Berlin as a surprise for my big 3-0 birthday and since a lot of people were curious about the trip, I decided to share this blog from our 3 days and 2 nights in das capital.

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Kesha and the (not so secret) Sex Trade

» April 14, 2016 · · Blog » no responses

Headlines are exploding with claims of Kesha’s alleged abuse. The Twittersphere is littered with #FreeKesha tags and social media meltdowns are quickly following.

The singer, Kesha Rose Sebert, claims she was raped and abused for years under Sony producer Dr. Luke. She was recently denied an injunction allowing her to work outside of Dr. Luke’s control.

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Interview with The Falling’s star Florence Pugh

» May 28, 2015 · · Blog » no responses

Originally posted on Planet London.

Florence Pugh is as eloquent as she is lovely. After debuting in Carol Morley’s The Falling and making a splash at this year’s BFI Flare, I caught up with the starlet to talk puberty and ambiguous relationships.

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Q&A with Simon Pearce (dir. Judas Ghost)

» April 21, 2015 · · Blog » no responses

I recently caught up with Simon Pearce, director of Judas Ghost for a quick chat about his latest film.

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Judas Ghost [Review]

» April 21, 2015 · · Blog » no responses

Judas Ghost (dir. Simon Pearce) revisits the roots of supernatural horror. The film follows a group of hunters on a mission, being filmed for a training video. Read More…

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The Duke of Burgundy

» March 18, 2015 · · Blog » no responses

This review was originally posted on Planet London. Check it out here.

The Duke of Burgundy is a sumptuously shot drama, written and directed by Peter Strickland. Gloriously grand and softcore in its opening scenes, the movie enjoys playing out as either 1970s Horror or Erotica – you’re never sure which.

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Birds Eye View Film Festival

» April 8, 2013 · · Blog » no responses

This year I was asked by Ideastap to report from the Birds Eye View Film Festival. This is a wonderful annual event which showcases the talents of female filmmakers. This year, the theme was films from the Middle East. Read More…

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Lust in Translation to be screened at the East End Film Festival!

» June 24, 2012 · · Blog » no responses

Happy news! It has just been announced that my short doc Lust in Translation was shortlisted and selected to be screened at The East End Film Festival in July 2012.  Read More…

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LLGFF 2012 Review – LOVE FREE OR DIE

» March 27, 2012 · · Blog » no responses

Bishop Gene Robinson has been a controversial figure of late – demonized by some, lionized by others. So when Love Free or Die, a documentary following the last two or so years of Gene’s life, screened at this year’s LLGFF it was a highly anticipated feature. Read More…

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