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London Film Festival 2019 – Cold Case Hammarskjöld

Writer and Director: Mads Brügger Reviewer: Richard Maguire This quirky documentary about the suspicious death of Dag Hammarskjöld the Secretary General of the UN in 1961 might just be the most terrifying film of The London Film Festival this year. What starts as a tongue-in-cheek investigation into Hammarskjöld’s death soon turns into a story of secret militias and mass murder. ...

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What’s in a Name? – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Matthieu Delaporte & Alexandre de la Patellière’s Adapter, Translator & Director: Jeremy Sams Designer: Francis O’Connor Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière’s 2010 play Le Prénom was a hit of such magnitude it spawned not only a big screen French version in 2012 but a German film incarnation in 2018. Jeremy Sam’s translation, What’s in ...

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Variant 31 – Space 18, London

Creators: Big Dreamer Productions Reviewer: Richard Maguire It may prove easier getting through airport security than it is making it through the door to the immersive Variant 31. The queues wouldn’t be so bad if the experience that followed was actually any good, but this live action zombie role-playing game is pretty lame and frustratingly aimless. Once tickets are booked ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – The King

Writer: Joel Edgerton and David Michôd Director: David Michôd Reviewer: Maryam Philpott International approaches to Shakespeare are always fascinating for a theatre-lover, a Japanese take on Macbeth or a Chinese version of Coriolanus - which have both been seen in London in recent years – tells us much about the way Britain’s greatest export is received and interpreted around the ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Perfect 10

Writer and Director: Eva Riley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott While the big movies may draw the crowds, the London Film Festival has always been the place to spot emerging talent both in front and behind the camera, and this year several female writers and directors have debut movies to share. Eva Riley’s Perfect 10 is a charming coming-of-age story, a female-led ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – By The Grace of God

Writer and Director: François Ozon Reviewer: Richard Maguire Any film about child abuse and the Catholic Church is certain to draw comparisons with Spotlight, which treated the subject almost as a thriller. François Ozon’s By The Grace of God takes a slower route and follows the lives of three victims as they fight for justice. It’s a long and thoughtful ...

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Connection – Harrogate Theatre Studio

Writer: Rachael Halliwell Director: Nathan Marsh Set and Costume: Caitlin Mawhinney Lighting: Charlotte Robinson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Connection is described in the pre-publicity as “a Yorkshire Thelma and Louise”. This seems overstated to a degree. In place of heading off for Mexico on the run from the law over a shooting, Elaine and Catherine have some 20 minutes of stage ...

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The Girl on the Train – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel (based on the novel by Paula Hawkins) Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Joan Phillips When The Girl on the Train was first published in 2015 it caused a publishing phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic for author Paula Hawkins. It was quickly snapped up for adaptation on the big screen and became a hugely ...

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