Mini Review – Broken

Broken Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson  Despite its downbeat title, this likeable film is more humanist than miserablist. It studies the tensions between three middle-class  families living in a suburban cul-de-sac. Skunk (Eloise Laurence) is a normal 11-year-old girl who’s knocking around with her older brother in her last summer break before she starts secondary school. They live with …

Mini Review – Tabu

Tabu Mercifully Short Review by Jonathan Empson  God, this is awful. Pilar is a middle-aged woman, plain but with expressive eyes. She believes in God, is bothered by the attentions of a mediocre painter and worries about the people around her – including Aurora, the batty old neighbour in her Lisbon apartment block. Then Aurora dies. After the funeral, Pilar …

Logline it! – Black List – Week 15

Writing loglines is an essential skill for screenwriters, from early development through to the pitch. In this section, we review the loglines and short synopses of the screenplays that made it into the Blacklist 2012. Learn from the feedback and perfect your own loglining skills. by The Judges  SOMACELL [box]”A female prison guard in the future, where prisoners are rehabilitated …