Moonlight

Three faces, one character

Early on in Barry Jenkins’ poignant, intimate and introspective Moonlight, the line ‘At some point you have to decide who you want to be’ is dropped  – Moonlight focuses on what happens when society doesn’t allow you to do that and the internal dilemma and struggles which follow.

Chiron, a young 1980s Miami school boy, is riddled with confusion, self-doubt and crying out for guidance and support, all of which are sadly lacking from his crack-addict mother (a transformative Naomie Harris). (more…)

Edge of Seventeen

 

Teenage kicks.

What comes to mind when you think of a teen film? Prom, ponytails, clichés and well, John Hughes for starters. It is worth saying upfront that Edge of Seventeen has none of these, but it has what most others don’t – a refreshing combination of relate-ability and authenticity, alongside committed and engaging performances, which makes it worth bunking off school for.

I have always been a fan of teen films. Not because they are relatable, as I don’t think anyone who went to school in South London will find much in common with an onscreen depiction of an American high school, but because they seemed so exciting compared to my school years. (more…)