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

They Shall Not Grow Old
Archive, colourised footage tells the story of the First World War.
Shadow
The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it.
Support The Girls
The wild story of one day at a traditional American sports bar.
Bisbee '17
An old mining town on the Arizona-Mexico border finally reckons with its darkest day: the deportation of 1200 immigrant miners exactly 100 years ago. Locals collaborate to stage recreations of their controversial past.
Lizzie
Lays bare the legend of Lizzie Borden to reveal the much more complex, poignant and truly terrifying woman within — and her intimate bond with the family’s young Irish housemaid, Bridget Sullivan.
The Old Man & The Gun
Based on the story of a man who escaped San Quentin at 70 and went on to commit a string of heists that captivated the public.
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Documentary about the US public TV children's show host who had a lasting influence.
The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
An anthology of short films based on a fictional book of “western tales”.
Mandy
Pacific Northwest. 1983. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their haven is savagely destroyed by a cult, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance.
A Star Is Born
A seasoned musician discovers — and falls in love with — a struggling artist. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer… until Jack coaxes her into the spotlight.

Features

Article about the Korean Film Festival programme launch 2018
18 Sep 2018
An in-depth look at this year's line-up
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.

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News Stories

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

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