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Tag Archives: London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Bad Genius

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I love, love, LOVED this slick exam heist from Thailand, ‘inspired by true events’, which had me gripped throughout. A low-key, low-income, high-achieving school girl gets roped into helping the rich kids in her new, expensive school cheat in their exams. But it soon gets out of hand and what starts out as her secretly helping […]

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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As always, I really enjoyed the BFI London Film Festival this year. The list of great films that I saw during the previews include: Filmworker, the wonderful documentary about Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man, Leon Vitali, who never truly got the recognition that he deserved; Rollerdreams – also a great documentary, this time about the history […]

BFI London Film Festival Previews: Moonlight

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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

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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 […]

Film Review: Starred Up

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Bold. Brash. Violent. Vulgar. Frightening. Funny. Jaw dropping. Gut wrenching. Bloody brilliant. Starred Up takes gritty realism to a whole other level. It had me cowering in my seat. Laughing out loud. Jumping from shock. And at one point not-so-silently praying that what I was witnessing wasn’t really about to happen. Seen at the London […]

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 […]

60 Second Film Review: The Hunt

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  Mads Mikkelsen gives an outstanding performance as the kind-hearted kindergarten teacher, trying to get his life back together after the break up of his marriage, whose life is turned upside down when he’s falsely accused of child abuse by his best friend’s daughter. A heartbreaking look at the danger of pack-like mentality taking hold […]