Youth Review: Under The Skin

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Tuesday 15th April

‘What was that?’ ‘I really liked it!’ ‘I thought it was really interesting.’ ‘I didn’t see the point.’ These are just a few of the many different reactions caused by director Jonathan Glazer’s new catalyst for confusion Under the Skin. Youth Review tried for 30 minutes to work out what exactly happened during the 108 minutes of his film and eventually decided it was impossible.

Favourite Childhood Films

By Laura Millward (Marketing Assistant) on Thursday 10th April

Over the next few months we are looking forward to screening a new season of films about childhood, curated by filmmaker Mark Cousins. A Cinema of Childhood presents 17 of the best films you’ve never seen about kids from all over the world.

Gman Recommends - The Double

By Gman ( on Friday 4th April

Hi peeps, I hope you're all well.  A lot has changed in my life since we last spoke including moving home and city!
I haven't seen a film for a long time, well, since January 2014, so I went along to my favourite cinema namely QUAD, and took my seat to watch what was described as a comedy; however it did make me cringe in places.
What am I talking about? Come closer and I'll tell you...

Youth Review - The Grand Budapest Hotel

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Tuesday 1st April

'Amazing. So easy to watch. Great rhythm. Inspiring. It made reminded me of cake.’ These are just some of the comments made by Youth Review, after seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel, the new offering from cinematic architect Wes Anderson. 

A Day in the Life - Sebah Chaudhry, Portfolio Review Co-ordinator

By Laura Mitchell on Monday 24th March

Hi Sebah, how long have you been Portfolio Review Coordinator at FORMAT?
Since August 2012.

The Grand Budapest Hotel review by Luke

By Luke at Belper High School on Friday 21st March

 ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ uses time travel very effectively to tell a story about an event which happened within and beyond the existence of the hotel. It revolves around the adventures of a man called Gustave H and his lobby boy Zero Moustafa. The film is a comedy/drama and it includes a great, although rather strange partnership of Gustave H and the lobby boy who travels around the place, steals a priceless painting and attempts to escape and survive, although not everything goes to plan all the time.

Youth Review - Only Lovers Left Alive

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Tuesday 18th March

‘It must be depressing staying indoors all the time.’ This is a quote from Youth Reviewer Mary and here she managed to sum up Only Lovers Left Alive perfectly. It’s not that Jim Jarmusch’s new offering is a depressing film, it’s just that no one in the film is particularly happy to be alive, (or should that be un-dead?) 

Youth Review - Dallas Buyer's Club

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Friday 7th March

Dallas Buyers Club is not about cars. This came as a bit of a shock to Youth Reviewer  Jack who after seeing the poster and reading the title, put two and two together and got five. Still despite his initial disappointment, he and the rest of the Youth Review cannot speak highly enough of this moving and brilliant film. 

Youth Review - 12 Years A Slave

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Friday 14th February

12 Years a Slave is the new offering from director and Turner Prize winning artist Steve McQueen. The film tells the true story of Solomon Northup, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was taken from his home in the North and sold into slavery in the South. 12 Years a Slave is a brutal and honest portrait that no description can truly do justice. It’s highly emotive, thought provoking and essential and to prove just how passionately the group were about it just check out Jack’s review! 

Youth Review - Inside Llewyn Davis

By Collective Review by QUAD Youth Review on Tuesday 4th February

Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest offering from iconic indie siblings the Coen Brothers and tells the story of a folk player trying to scratch a living in 1960’s Greenwich Village.
Like all Coen Brothers film’s, Inside Llewyn Davis is kooky affair, that presents a slightly warped reality to the audience. This was something that Joel picked up on, as he thought it was ‘very well crafted, like all Coen Brother’s films.’ This also included the set design and cinematography, which he thought was excellent. 


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