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Category Archives: London Life

BFI London Film Festival Preview: Indivisible

Posted on by Janet Awe

Darkly comic and enchanting, Indivisible (or, “Indivisibli”, in Italian) is the story of beautiful Siamese twin sisters, Dasy and Viola. Joined at the hip, they are exploited by their money-hungry parents who use their disability and angelic singing voices as a novelty crowd-pleaser, raking in money by shamelessly touring them around their Italian city of [...]

BFI London Film Festival Previews: Moonlight

Posted on by Janet Awe

Moonlight is a cleverly-conceived, beautifully-executed, complex and unexpected film. It follows Chiron – a black kid growing up in Miami, during the 1980s – through three key and very distinct phases of his life: from young boy, through teenage years, to manhood. Set against a powerful musical soundscape and at-times-captivating landscape, a subtle metaphorical language helps connect the three [...]

Prophetic Satire: Constable and PC Savage

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Satire has always had an extremely important role to play, in keeping a check on society. Back in the day – way, way before South Park – there were court jesters, employed not merely to entertain but also as comedic “truth tellers”, in the privileged position of being allowed to mock anyone, including the King, [...]

BFI London Film Festival: A Date For Mad Mary

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Set in Ireland, this very dry comedy sees ‘Mad’ Mary McArdle released from a six-month prison stretch and returned to the home she shares with her Mum and Nan, days before she’s due to be Maid of Honour at her best friend, Charlene’s, wedding. Instead of a warm welcome from the childhood friend she adores [...]

BFI London Film Festival Previews: Chasing Asylum

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It’s with good reason that this documentary is described as The Film The Australian Government Doesn’t Want You To See. It’s a heart-breaking, anger-inducing look at the Australian government’s tough immigration policy – which completely flouts the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention that Australia signed up to, agreeing to accept refugees fleeing persecution. Since as early [...]

Alan Rusbridger Steps Down from The Guardian, After 20 Years

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Today, Alan Rusbridger, steps down after 20 years’ of amazing service as editor of the world-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning Guardian newspaper. He took over the reigns in 1995, after initially joining in 1979, leaving for a short stint then returning for good, to launch the Weekend magazine in 1988, followed by the paper’s G2 section in 1992. [...]

Inspiration from Wadsworth Longfellow and My Mum

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It’s 5am on August Bank Holiday weekend, in London.  I want to be out playing. Instead, I am chained to my laptop all weekend, working on the final assignment for my Masters in Screenwriting, which is due in less than four weeks. It’s very hard and I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself. But I’m [...]

Books About Town

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Delighted to have found one of the Books About Town. There are 50 of these wonderful bench sculptures dotted around London, designed to look like open books, to celebrate London’s literary heritage and promote reading for enjoyment. This bench is homage to The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. I feel like an intrepid hunter, having [...]

London Film Festival Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

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This is a documentary that’s been crying out to be made for decades. A tribute to the amazing backing singers from America who created the sound on many of the records we all know and love. From Ike and Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Luther Vandross; to Lou Reed, Joe Cocker, [...]

London Film Festival Review: Kill Your Darlings

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I’m going to put it out there from the start. This film blew me away.  I loved it.  Now, I’m not one of your die-hard, Danielle Radcliffe fans. He seems like an nice enough young man but I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter books, I’ve never really seen any of the movies and [...]