Review of Cold War

Poland has become renowned for its cinema in recent years, typified by it's 2013 Oscar winner Ida. From the director of that very movie comes Cold War, a film set during temultious times for a pair of long distance lovers.  The film sees the leading character Wictor traveling throughout the country trying to band together … Continue reading Review of Cold War

Why We Cycle

The Netherlands, more than any other country, has an obsession with cycling. It is a way of life, as natural to Dutch people of all ages as breathing. In Why We Cycle; which was screened at the Nerve Centre in Derry recently as part of the Foyle Film Festival, this national pastime is explored more fully.  … Continue reading Why We Cycle

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Orson Welles is widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time; his 1941 debut Citizen Kane is thought of by many as the greatest film ever made. In this documentary, director and writer Mark Cousins explores the many passions of Orson Welles, including many unseen before sketches, drawings and paintings. Along the … Continue reading The Eyes of Orson Welles

Foyle Film Festival starts with a bang

There was a packed house as the Foyle Film Festival's 31st year commenced with a gala screening of Collette on Friday night at the Brunswick Moviebowl in Derry. The film, starring Kiera Knightly, Dominic West and Eleanor Tomlinson (she of BBC's Poldark fame) star in this biopic of French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette; known to most simply … Continue reading Foyle Film Festival starts with a bang

Atrium by Manoli Moriaty And Echo Echo Ensemble 

Whenever you are used to seeing the world from a certain angle you realise that you have a unique perspective on everything that no-one else can quite grasp.  When this particular reviewer arrived at this particular performance the choice was offered whether to go to the top and work my way down along with the … Continue reading Atrium by Manoli Moriaty And Echo Echo Ensemble¬†

Little Voices of Fukushima

Little Voices of Fukushima is a documentary which follows the lives of some of the world's most vulnerable people in one of the most vulnerable places. It was shown as part of a special event held at Holywell Trust by the Northwest Japanese Cultural Group. Fukushima isn't geologically vulnerable because of where it is on … Continue reading Little Voices of Fukushima

Buaine na Gaoithe at Magee

It was perhaps meteorologicaly appropriate that there was a fresh autumnal breeze blowing and a multicoloured palate of leaves were rustling outside. The performance that was about to be witnessed by a generous gathering in the Great Hall of the University of Ulster's Magee College campus is entitled Buaine na Gaoithe, which roughly translates as … Continue reading Buaine na Gaoithe at Magee

Italian cultural night

With the sound of music and language ringing in the ears and the distinct aroma of pizza filling the nostrils, Derry's first Italian cultural festival took place earlier in the week. Organised by students of the Northwest Academy English language school in conjunction with the Nerve Centre, the festival had a unique set of events … Continue reading Italian cultural night

Don Quixote by Ulster Orchestra

Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare, like a matador in the bullring, lead and tamed the Ulster Orchestra, accompanied by cellist Alisa Weilerstein during their performance of Richard Strauss' Don Quixote at a packed Guildhall on Derry on Thursday night. The performance was the start of a season of performances by the Ulster Orchestra which will take … Continue reading Don Quixote by Ulster Orchestra

Opening of ‘Jewel of Mind’ exhibition at Playhouse

Mark Luukas has been painting for over twenty years. Although born in Chester England in 1979 Derry has been Mark's home nearly all of his life. He has been painting for twenty years, finding it relaxing and a great way of reflecting the world around him. Mark sold his first work at the age of … Continue reading Opening of ‘Jewel of Mind’ exhibition at Playhouse