Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). He has published and presented papers on Iris Murdoch, Mordecai Richler, Michael Ondaatje, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley and Rawi Hage. In addition to writing and reviewing for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide and The Reviews Hub, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
"A Kind of Liberation": An Interview with Małgorzata Szumowska About 'Body/Ciało' | 20 Oct 2015 // 9:02 PM
At the London Film Festival, Alex Ramon talks to Małgorzata Szumowska about her new film, Body/Ciało, honoured at this year's Berlin and Gdynia Festivals.
'Underground' to 'Wonderland': BFI's 'London on Film' Season Celebrates the Nation's Capital | 21 Aug 2015 // 4:01 AM
From Asquith’s Underground (1928) to Winterbottom’s Wonderland (1999), BFI celebrates cinematic representations of the English capital with an ambitious summer season that highlights the city’s continuities and changes.
Movie Time: Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning 'The Flick' Transfers to the National Theatre | 21 Apr 2016 // 9:30 PM
Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.
Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs' Gets Extraordinary Production at National Theatre | 3 Apr 2016 // 9:30 PM
The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.
'Living on Paper' Illuminates the Intimacies That Influenced Iris Murdoch’s Work | 7 Apr 2016 // 3:30 AM
Active love: this fine collection proves richer and more rewarding than some of the strangely reductive and moralising responses that it’s received would suggest.
Asquith's 1928 'Shooting Stars' Is 'The Player' of Its Day | 22 Mar 2016 // 9:10 PM
Half-affectionate and half-critical, Shooting Stars mines both comedy and drama from the workings of the studio and the machinations of movie-making at this time.
Superheroes, Storytellers, Swimmers, and Saints: Cinema Made in Italy 2016 | 7 Mar 2016 // 6:45 AM
Crime dramas, crowd-pleasing comedies, and super-heroes constitute a typically varied programme of films at this year’s “Cinema Made in Italy” showcase at London’s Ciné Lumière.
Gdynia Film Festival 2015: Festival Review + '10 Years of Emotions' | 24 Sep 2015 // 8:00 AM
The 40th Gdynia Film Festival, rich in inspiring and original cinema yet marred by an unexpected tragedy, felt like experiencing "ten years of emotions" in six days.