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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 [...]

BFI London Film Festival: A Date For Mad Mary

Posted on by Janet Awe

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 [...]

London Film Festival Review: 20 Feet From Stardom

Posted on by Janet Awe

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

Posted on by Janet Awe

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 [...]

Dreams of a Life – The Story of a Young Woman’s Life & Death, at the BFI London Film Festival

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The BFI London Film Festival showed its true value again yesterday, with the screening of Dreams of a Life. Bringing a small budget, low profile but powerful and engaging film like this to the world’s attention through the Festival is a big part of what makes it such an important event. Dreams of a Life [...]

Woody Harrelson at the 55th BFI London Film Festival

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I spent a wonderful couple of hours yesterday afternoon in the presence of one of my favourite actors, Mr Woody Harrelson. Interviewed about his career as part of the London Film Festival, Woody spoke candidly and with humour about his experiences. He joined series four of ‘Cheers’ a mere two years after leaving college and [...]

Will Reiser & Seth Rogan at the 55th BFI London Film Festival

Posted on by Janet Awe

One of the things that I love most about the BFI London Film Festival is the interviews that they put on. They always provide great insight into the film-making process and the industry itself, as well as giving rare access to some very talented people. This year’s event continues that tradition. Last Friday night I [...]