During lockdown, a group of six friends decide to spice up their weekly Zoom call by hiring a medium to conduct a virtual séance. The evening starts off with harmless drinking games and paranormal pranks, until they appear to attract the attention of a seemingly real malevolent spirit. Playing out in unsettlingly real time, this spooky homemade gem from British director (and BFI Future Film Festival alumni) Rob Savage, was conceived, shot and produced remotely while under quarantine during the UK’s lockdown, requiring the cast to double-up as camera operators, make-up artists and practical effect masters. The result is startlingly impressive, genuinely frightening and guaranteed to leave audiences curious to how they managed it. Host is timely, terrifying and a great testament to the creativity and innovation of the filmmaking team behind it.
Horror 2021 93 mins Director: Jim Cummings
Indie actor-director Jim Cummings returns after his breakout hit Thunder Road with a pacey down-the-rabbit-hole thriller about a Hollywood talent agent who becomes ensnared in a sinister world of sex, lies and murder.
Comedy 2018 81 mins Director: Guto Parente
The wealthy elite feed off the lower classes in a deliciously twisted Brazilian social satire that’s definitely not for the squeamish.
Science Fiction 2019 102 mins Director: Justin Benson
Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan star as a pair of New Orleans paramedics who encounter a series of bizarre deaths linked to a new designer drug with otherworldly effects.
Horror 2019 81 mins Director: Rose Glass
A mysterious nurse becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient in director Rose Glass’ divine debut.
Thriller 2018 111 mins Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Lenny Abrahamson (Room, Frank) directs this Gothic mystery, with Domhnall Gleeson as a doctor helping the heir of a haunted stately home (Ruth Wilson).
Sight & Sound's Best Films
Thriller 2019 87 mins Director: Kitty Green
Kitty Green's #MeToo drama is a sobering take on one day in the life of a film company assistant.
Thriller 2019 104 mins Director: Brandon Cronenberg
In the near future, a cool and ruthless assassin who uses other people’s bodies to carry out execution-style killings comes unstuck when her latest vehicle resists.
Horror 2020 90 mins Director: Natalie Erika James
Three generations of women are plagued by a supernatural presence in one of the year’s most terrifying films.
Thriller 2019 104 mins Director: Ladj Ly
Ladj Ly’s extraordinary Cannes Jury Prize-winning debut obliterates the myth of cultural integration in France.
Drama 2020 97 mins Director: Florian Zeller
Anthony Hopkins won the Best Actor Academy Award® for his powerful portrayal of a man dealing with the onset of dementia.
Directed by Rob Savage
Anthology 2017 111 mins Director: Lorelei Pepi
An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.
Romance 2020 97 mins Director: Matt Fifer
As a young man embarks on a new relationship, he is forced to face the traumas of his past in this remarkable debut feature.
Drama 2021 103 mins Director: Khalil Joreige
A package of keepsakes from 1980s wartime Beirut arrives in contemporary Montreal, in this stylish intergenerational drama from acclaimed directors Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige.
Thriller 2019 130 mins Director: Rian Johnson
Daniel Craig is the Kentucky Fried Poirot with all-star suspects - Chris Evans, Ana de Armas and Toni Collette among them - in this nimble and brilliant crime caper.
2021 78 mins Director: Dylan Williams
Humorous and melancholic portrait of a senior Welsh male voice choir.
Documentary 2021 95 mins Director: Jamila Wignot
An immersive profile of ground-breaking and influential choreographer and founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Drama 2020 119 mins Director: Eric Steel
David gets a taste of freedom whilst living in 1980’s New York City when he develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s neighbours, two elderly closeted men.