Author: Zainabb Hull

Three Generations of Redemption in Hotel Salvation

Hotel Salvation (Mukti Bhawan) Shubhashish Bhutiani (director), Manas Mittal (editor), David Huwiler, Michael McSweeney (cinematography) Shubhashish Bhutiani and Asad Hussain (writers) Lalit Behl, Adil Hussain, Palomi Ghosh (cast) Released April 7, 2017 (India), August 25, 2017 (UK) Hotel Salvation (Hindi: Mukti Bhawan) is a slow, comic portrayal of grief, death, and letting go. This Indian film by up-and-coming director Shubhashish Bhutiani, tackles big themes in its peaceful imagery and gentle pace and could be part of a new wave of Indian films challenging traditional gender norms. Hotel Salvation follows a father and son as the father travels to the holy city...

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SSFX Film Festival Is Finding The Humanity In Sounds From Space

The SSFX Film Festival has a compelling concept: the festival showcases several short films inspired by–and featuring–sounds from space. The festival is part of an astronomy and physics project at Queen Mary University of London, where sounds from space have been recorded. Dr Martin Archer, festival director and space physicist, tells the audience all about the festival before the films started. In the nerdiest presentation I’ve seen in years, Dr Archer gives us a demo of how space sounds work: the audience does a Mexican wave and a two-step shuffle, and this is basically how particles move in space,...

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Backlight: Your Movie and TV News Roundup

Content warning: sexual abuse This week in film and TV was a bit of a rollercoaster. We’ve seen a flurry of activity around projects led by female creators and creators of colour, but we’ve also had some disheartening news about the state of discrimination and abuse within the industry. Remember to support your favourite creators and help to foster an inclusive, safe creative industry. Netflix Signs Shonda Rhimes This week, we heard the news that Shonda Rhimes has left Disney-owned ABC Studios for Netflix. This was fresh off the heels of Disney’s announcement that they want to set up...

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The Dead Game of Thrones: Who Do You Want to See Die?

Game of Thrones is a show that we both love and hate. We got together to examine what keeps us watching and who we most want to see die next. What keeps you watching Game of Thrones? Wendy Browne: Masochism. But seriously. I am and have always been invested in these characters from both book and show and I do want to see what happens after all this time. I don’t believe GRRM actually had that figured out because his writing lost all focus, but I am curious to see what conclusions the HBO writers come to. I have...

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