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Dan Carrier’s movies news: Pin Cushion; Path of Blood

13 July, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Pin Cushion

PIN Cushion, by director Deborah Haywood, stars Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlon as a mother and daughter who move to a new town – and then face difficulties settling in due to the response of those whose community they have joined.

Mother Lyn is mocked for a physical disability, while Iona (Newmark) must find new allies at her school in trying circumstances.

A study in bullying, fitting-in and a mother-daughter bond, Haywood’s work is touching, well observed and has two characters you can’t help but feel empathy for.

• Out this week, Path of Blood is a tough watch, and so it should be.

This documentary uses footage garnered by security forces in Saudi Arabia as they track down Al-Qaeda cells operating in the Middle East.

The footage takes the viewer behind the scenes in training camps and includes interviews with young men who are about to lose their lives on the orders of Osama Bin Laden.

Those on camera sound at times like any normal young men, perhaps on some kind of fairly innocent cadet training course. It is a straightforward film, with little over-dubbed commentary, and that makes it even more chilling.

At times this is a deeply unpleasant experience, made so by the excellence of director Jonathan Hacker.

Of the many documentaries covering the issues around the post-9/11 environment in the Middle East, this has to be one of the very best.

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