“Real filmmaking, beautifully shot and cut” – Mark Cousins

Black Country Cinema is a collective of four film makers based in the old industrialised region of the West Midlands known as The Black Country. Passionate about real cinema, we aim and hope to portray The Black Country and British Culture as honestly and authentically as possible through film. Pooling our various culture's, backgrounds and experiences, we strive to create a cinematic identity that is honest and thoughtful in its content and minimalistic in its approach.

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Hou Hsiao-Hsien

Hou Hsiao-Hsien: An introduction

Though a revered master of cinema, the films of Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien receive very little attention in the West. For those of you who have recently discovered Hou through his recent masterpiece The Assassin (2015) here is a personal video blog about where we think you should start his massive body of work.

Setsuko Hara

Top 5 Shomin-Geki films

The Japanese social realist films or Shomin-Geki films are perhaps the some of the most influential on our own body of work. Depicting the everyday lives of urban Japanese life, the focus on characters and their observed interactions as well as the conflicting gap between the old and young are themes that we as a collective have always identified with.…

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Top 15 Hong Kong New Wave Films

After the Japanese New Wave video went down so well (far better than expected), we thought we’d throw together a quick one regarding our favourite film’s from the Hong Kong New Wave. On a personal level, this is one of my all time favourite film movements and because of this, we struggled immensely in narrowing it down to 15. So here is it –…

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20 essential films from the Japanese New Wave

After writing a guest post for Taste of cinema listing my top 20 essential Japanese New Wave films, I was “advised”  by a friend to make a video version of the article. This list isn’t really a ranking of the best new wave films, but a wide variation of them, which will hopefully give people a cohesive idea of what…

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How Digital Killed Film Making

The ever increasing power of digital technology has removed many of the limitations of traditional celluloid based film making. But has all that power gone to our heads? I take a look at whether our ability to endlessly edit and tinker has killed the art of film making.

Hitler in Triumph of the Will (1935)

Can Films Really Change the World?

There is a strong belief in our industry that films really do have the power to change the world. I’d been guilty of this myself up until last year when Matthew interviewed critically acclaimed film maker Marc Isaacs. When asked about his thoughts on journalistic documentaries he commented, “most of those films are not cinematic in any way and they…

World of Cinematography

5 Websites Every Cinephile Should Know

If you’re a true cinephile and are looking for something a little a different to the same old wannabe film review sites that seem to be popping up all over the place, I’ve put together my favorite collection of websites dedicated to the art of cinema. The ladies and gentlemen running these sites are serious about their films and will…

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Is British TV killing Documentary?

  My problem with TV Documentaries My contempt towards TV documentary could have something to do with the bad taste that still lingers in my mouth after my first and last attempt working in it. Obviously it would be a major discredit to the incredibly hard working people within the TV industry if this was my only reason. I mean,…

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Do film buffs make better film-makers?

Martin Scorsese, Quinton Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Jim Jarmusch, Chris Nolan, Michael Haneke, Wim Wenders, Jean Luc Godard etc. all film buffs, but does it have anything to do with their success? As pointless of a question it may seem, it is one that has been roaming around several cinephile circuits for a while now and one I have been contemplating…

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Marc Isaacs hits back against journalistic documentaries

Acclaimed film maker Marc Isaacs discusses the importance of aesthetics in documentary and the problem with Britain’s journalistic attitude towards the medium. Over the last five years I’ve noticed whenever aspiring documentary filmmakers are asked about contemporary filmmakers that influence them, more often than not Marc Isaacs name is mentioned. Isaacs made his name in 2001 with the short documentary…