MEDUSA DELUXE – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Medusa Deluxe is what you would get if Ru Paul made a murder mystery Russian Ark – and somehow, it’s even better than that sounds. Homicide is afoot at a British regional hairdressing competition. Shot ostensibly in a single take, the magic of Medusa Deluxe doesn’t lie in the overarching whodunnit so much as the how-did-he-do-it. The “he” in question applies perhaps as much to cinematographer Robbie Ryan as it does writer/director Tom Hardiman. That Medusa Deluxe is Hardiman’s feature debut is astonishing. Medusa Deluxe is one of the year’s most fun movies.

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SPOTLIGHT July 2019: Andrea Arnold, Feminist Film Director, BIG LITTLE LIES

Andrea Arnold’s career shows what a woman filmmaker’s ‘can do spirit’ can do. The career path she’s created for herself has brought her from the difficult circumstances of a child raised in a single parent home in the environs of a working class ‘estate’ in suburban London to the coveted and exalted position of series director for a highly acclaimed and high ranking television series. Along the way, she’s won an Oscar and become an OBE, and accrued numerous other awards and honors for her femme-centric films. Arnold’s filmography is stunning in its inventiveness and variety, but it is her exceptional leadership as director of HBO’S Big Little Lies Season Two, which began airing in June that puts her in AWFJ’s July SPOTLIGHT.

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