Interview with Keith Sargent, writer, director and producer of ‘Today I Wrote Nothing’

Brighton Rocks International Film Festival is proud to be showcasing ‘Today I Wrote Nothing’ by Keith Sargent, aptly named after the work of the absurdist avant-garde Russian poet, Danill Kharms. By employing his incredible aptitudes in animation, music composition amongst so much more, Sargent has weaved together a beautiful 3-minute experiential film proving that theContinue reading “Interview with Keith Sargent, writer, director and producer of ‘Today I Wrote Nothing’”

Interview with Luke Martin and James Alexander Allen of ‘Edge of Insanity’

Crime fascinates and repels us all at the same time, and detective stories draw us into their dark and complex webs and the characters hidden within. When the chance arose to develop a sequel to a 2016 short ‘The Private Investigator’ by BRIFF alum Alex Lines, writer James Alexander Allen and director Luke Martin joinedContinue reading “Interview with Luke Martin and James Alexander Allen of ‘Edge of Insanity’”

Interview with Darcy Vanhinsbergh & Alex Lawton from ‘Cold Water’

Who amongst us cannot claim to have whiled away the hours watching others around us going about their daily lives? Darcy Vanhinsbergh, whose background lays predominately in front of the camera, used the forced moments of contemplation driven by the pandemic to consider the people he has been observing, their intricate social dynamics and whatContinue reading “Interview with Darcy Vanhinsbergh & Alex Lawton from ‘Cold Water’”

In Review: ‘The Tree’ by Oliver Blair

“Film is like a battleground,” quips the director Samuel Fuller in Godard’s ‘Pierrot le fou’. “There’s love, hate, action, violence, death… in one word: emotion.” We get emotion – as well as a dose of love, hate and death – in ‘The Tree’, whose two characters – siblings James (Joel Morris) and Yasmin (Hayley Thomas)Continue reading “In Review: ‘The Tree’ by Oliver Blair”

In Review: ‘Hold Me, Don’t Touch Me’ by Adrian Todd Zuniga

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances,” quipped Oscar Wilde. This adage is certainly borne out in writer-director Adrian Todd Zuniga’s thought-provoking and memorable film, ‘Hold Me, Don’t Touch Me.’ It is a winter evening in London. Aidy, a Black British woman (Anniwaa Buachie), has not turned up to a griefContinue reading “In Review: ‘Hold Me, Don’t Touch Me’ by Adrian Todd Zuniga”

Interview with Robert Dee, Director of ‘The Devil’s Harvest’

A fascination with horror is often considered macabre and perhaps slightly misaligned, but by combining his passion for the genre with a diverse career and a well-chosen MA, Robert Dee brings us his visceral short ‘The Devil’s Harvest.’ The film offers a haunted dive into identity and childhood trauma. Whilst exploring themes some might feelContinue reading “Interview with Robert Dee, Director of ‘The Devil’s Harvest’”

Interview with Mark C. Hewitt, Director of ‘Les Coffrets: Boobs’

Inspiration can truly come from anywhere as shown by Mark C. Hewitt, a freelance playwright, poet and stage director, who launched into the writing of a surrealistic sequence of poems which he then decided to use for the basis of a series of stylised films all under 90 seconds. With the overarching title: ‘Les Coffrets’,Continue reading “Interview with Mark C. Hewitt, Director of ‘Les Coffrets: Boobs’”

Interview with Sarah Wishart, Director of ‘Excluded’

One of the wonderful things about our modern times is that more and more voices are being heard on issues that desperately need to be addressed. . Whilst there is a long way to go, in 2018 a group of determined South London students started a movement for #EducationNotExclusion by using the London Underground toContinue reading “Interview with Sarah Wishart, Director of ‘Excluded’”

In Review: ‘STABAT MATER’ & ‘COUSCOUS’ by Marina Sagona

Experimental New York cinema might bring to mind Andy Warhol, Jonas Mekas or Maya Deren but whatever your fancy it has the power to stimulate and draw out admiration, contemplation and so much more in the viewer. It diversely tests and breaks traditional aspects of filmmaking thus allowing the director to break free from narrativeContinue reading “In Review: ‘STABAT MATER’ & ‘COUSCOUS’ by Marina Sagona”

Interview with Alan Cross, Director of ‘For The Love Of Noise’

The often-repeated adage – “it’s not what you know but who you know” is perhaps irksome, but the case of director Alan Cross shows that being in the know and knowing the right people can be the golden combo. Cross possesses a motley and enviable background as a member of a successful band from theContinue reading “Interview with Alan Cross, Director of ‘For The Love Of Noise’”