Kirsten Johnson's very personal movie follows her life as a cinematographer (her CV is impressive). Taking largely unrelated clips and stitching them together to form a kind of narrative, Johnson reveals much about her craft and more about herself. This offers a fascinating insight into the wide range of movies she has worked on and the moments with her family are genuinely touching.
Available on Curzon Home
Another horror for this month for some reason, happy summer! Babak Anvari's impressively subtle ghost story follows a mother and her daughter as they attempt to live in Tehran in the aftermath of the revolution. Daily life gets increasingly perilous even before the evil enters their home. This claustrophobic, tightly wound movie makes great use of its location and the viewer is never entirely sure how much of the evil is in Shideh (Narges Rashidi)'s mind and how much of it is real.
Available on BFI Player
David Robert Mitchell's wonderfully lean horror makes its way onto the small screen having having scared us witless in the cinema. With the very simplest and pretty nastiest of premises - a supernatural creature is transmitted by sex and kills the person it is transmitted to unless they have sex in which case it moves on - this is horror making at it's meanest. Although the logic doesn't quite follow in a number of places, the actors are all game and Mitchell has seen enough good John Carpenter movies to know which bits to steal and how to use them well. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Available on Netflix.