Owen Van Spall

After years working in comic book publishing, Owen retrained and began freelancing as a journalist. He has written film, TV and culture pieces for The Guardian, New Statesman, local papers like the South London Press, plus other sites and magazines. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Film History at Birkbeck, University of London. You can read more of his writing over at his own blog smokescreenlondon.com.

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Latest Film Reviews

Breaking In
A woman tries to save her children, who are being held hostage in her father's fortress-like country house.
A Cambodian Spring
An intimate portrait of three people caught up in the chaotic and aggressive sweep of forced evictions.
A pregnant serial killer is out for vengeance.
Nocturnal Animals
A woman is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, which she interprets as a veiled threat.
Doctor Strange
A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.
The Clan
The true story of the Puccio Clan. A family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.
An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.
The Pass
The lives of two young premier league footballers are complicated by an impromptu kiss.
La La Land
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.
Lupe Under The Sun
Portrait of a Mexican migrant who spent his life working in California, away from his family back home.


Q&A with Brian Helgelland about the Kray twins and Legend
14 Sep 2015
Brian Helgeland and Chris Lambrianu discuss the Kray twins and Legend.
Article about the East End Film Festival 2014
13 Jun 2014
What to watch out for at this year's East End Film Festival.
Interview with Matt Johnson about The Dirties
05 Jun 2014
Matt Johnson on making The Dirties.
Alex Gibney interview about Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
19 Feb 2013
Alex Gibney talks about documentary Mea Maxima Culpa.
Report from Secret Cinema screening and Q&A of The Imposter
22 Aug 2012
Report from a Secret Cinema screening and Q&A of The Imposter from within a courtroom.

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News Stories

Soho prepares for Zipangu
10 Sep 2012
A different take on Japanese film.

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