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

Racer And The Jailbird
In the Belgian underworld, a secret threatens a couple's romance.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
When Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar, they stumble on a conspiracy that threatens the Earth.
First Reformed
Thriller centring on an ex-military chaplain who has lost his son and a member of his church who is grieving for her husband.
The Miseducation Of Cameron Post
1993: after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center.
After their reclusive grandmother passes away, the Graham family tries to escape the dark fate they've inherited.
Leave No Trace
A father and daughter find themselves searching for a place to call their own after their off-the-grid lives are discovered by the authorities.
Half The Picture
Successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers - and the inequalities that have held them back.
Never Goin' Back
Jessie and Angela, high school dropout BFFs, are taking a week off to chill at the beach. Too bad their house got robbed, rent’s due, they’re about to get fired and they’re broke.
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.


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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