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BFI London Film Festival Preview: Indivisible

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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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

60 Second Review: About Time

Posted on by Janet Awe

Somerset House’s (SH) Film 4 season got off to a flying start last night. Over the years, they’ve always managed to snag at least one great new film to premier there, and 2013 is proving to be no different. Despite my aspirations at being intellectual and highbrow, the truth is that one of my favourites [...]

London Life: How I found my Olympic Mojo

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I must admit to entering into an Olympic-sized sulk last year when I discovered I hadn’t got ANY of the Games tickets I’d applied for. As a Londoner, I felt excluded from the once-in-a-lifetime event that was coming to my hometown. So, I channelled my disappointment into cynicism, with a touch of nonchalance, and joined [...]

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 [...]