I love film, more than people probably, and I will watch pretty much anything. Seriously, anything! I have a postgraduate education in film & have spent an exceptionally long time trying to get inside the film industry. I'm a big believer in treating every film the same, and bringing something new to the film theory table, giving reasons for every argument made. You'll find that I'm an empathetic and fun sort of reviewer, at least, I like to think so. If I'm not watching films I'm doing exceptionally nerdy stuff, like watching documentaries about the history of medicine and collecting photos of old post boxes.
25 years later, director Penny Marshall's A League Of Their Own remains that rare thing: a sports movie with female characters to look up
Nora Ephron's You've Got Mail has been accused of everything from misogyny to being capitalist propaganda - Julia Smith thinks otherwise.
The Big Boys' Playground by Guillaume Lion paints rock climbing as a finely detailed, balanced, and makes the sport that more intriguing.
Everything the Light Touches is an introspective look at a Welsh Elvis impersonator, and also manages to be something even more profound.
Despite bringing to life some previously unseen perspectives on the holocaust, The Zookeeper's Wife is far from faultless.
Film Inquiry writer Julia Smith had a chance to check out the Wales International Documentary Festival; here is an account of her experiences.