Spotlight: Ryan Coogler

Even with the boundless new talent present in cinema today, it would be difficult to find an up-and-coming filmmaker with a track record quite as astonishing as Ryan Coogler’s. With just three feature films under his belt, he has managed to tell three outstandingly engaging and intimate stories, contribute to two major franchises, and thread […]

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Spotlight: The Safdie Brothers

A pink glow reflects on Connie’s freshly bleached hair and neon blue spills out of an open refrigerator. Gritty, shocking, and spellbinding. 80’s nostalgia set against a New York City backdrop. Good Time: it’s the film that makes every minute more captivating than the last. To quote Stanley Kubrick, “A film is – or should […]

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Spotlight: FRANCES MCDORMAND

As she once again mesmerises us on screen, this time in her film “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri”, it might be worth paying closer attention to the insurmountable force of nature that is Frances McDormand. As an actress, we know that she is talented – she is one of the very few actors who […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RACHEL MORRISON

  As of this week, Rachel Morrison has made history. When the list of nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced this Tuesday, her name was amongst a collection of cinematographers who have produced exceptional work this past year.  After nearly one century, she is the very first woman nominated for the Oscar for […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RUNGANO NYONI

  Recently released in theaters, I Am Not a Witch bears all the marks of a promising auteur. The debut feature of 35-year-old Zambian director Rungano Nyoni, it was described as  “unmissable” at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Set in a remote Zambian community, its protagonist is a 9-year-old girl named Shula who is accused by village locals of being […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JORDAN PEELE

  2017 was a major year for Jordan Peele. He transitioned from side-splitting comedy on the stage and the small screen, to social horror that has kept the hairs on the backs of audience’s necks firmly at-attention. In the process of it all, he has inspired countless young, burgeoning and aspiring entertainers and filmmakers. But […]

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SPOTLIGHT: CHRIS MORRIS

  With rumours emerging that he is very soon to be back on our movie screens, ÉCU thought this would be an opportune time to shine our famous spotlight on this infamously shadowy and elusive British writer, director, comedian, and so much more. Although he is now known as one of Britain’s greatest satirists of […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ANDERS THOMAS JENSEN

  As actors and directors are the usual focus of our spotlights, it’s time to spin the bottle on the exquisite Danish screenwriter, Anders Thomas Jensen. With more 50 scripts and two Oscar statuettes under his belt, he is definitely worth your attention and might remind you that what makes a good story is a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: GURINDER CHADHA

  Seeing as Gurinder Chadha has just won this year’s Women and Hollywood trailblazer award, we thought it was as good a time as any to do a spotlight at her!  Being a feminist icon, we definitely think that she’s a worthy subject of our spotlight feature! If you can’t recall who she is, let […]

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SPOTLIGHT: NANCY BUIRSKI

  In her interview with IndieWire, director Nancy Buirski discussed her beginnings in the world of film as the founder of North Carolina’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. What has surprised her most over the years is that among the hundreds of documentaries she’s seen at her festival, very few have been willing to take […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TAIKA WAITITI

  Taika Waititi was born in Wellington in 1975. In the interceding years, he has helmed outstanding works across film, television, and Twitter, obtained a heaping helping of acclaim throughout three continents out of the possible seven, and this very year, has been dubbed the #1 person from his country of birth. Waititi, raised by […]

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SPOTLIGHT: RICHARD KELLY

  While the name might not spark immediate recognition, Richard Kelly is most famous for writing and directing cult film Donnie Darko. This was Kelly’s first feature film and received 11 awards out of 23 nominations. The release of the film followed an interesting popularity trajectory nonetheless, as it did not receive immediate praise on […]

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SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

  Jia Zhangke is a prominent name in Chinese independent film industry, whose films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally. In his films, Jia tends to focus on humanity and narrate stories in a documentary way rather than using magic realism. His films treat themes of alienated youth, contemporary Chinese history and globalization. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HOUDA BENYAMINA

  Houda Benyamina is a French writer/director/actress/all-around amazing woman. She was born into a Moroccan family, in Viry-Châtillon in 1980. She remembers her  childhood fondly, recalling her middle school experience as the “best years of her life.” She credits her neighborhood for “sharpening her tongue.” It was then and there, in the southern suburbs of Paris, […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Lone Scherfig

  What makes Lone Scherfig special is her way of making romantic, humorous films that make you compassionate for other people. She shows vulnerability within her characters and makes us see them and feel the same. She is inspired by her Nordic heritage and believes that it helps one learn to live contentedly with what […]

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