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London Film Festival 2019 – Lynn + Lucy

Writer and Director: Fyzal Boulifa Reviewer: Richard Maguire This new British film, the first feature by Fyzal Boulifa, is an intimate portrayal of two working-class mothers wrenched apart by tragedy. Bleak and brittle, Lynn + Lucy casts an impartial eye on a close-knit community bolstered by gossip and retribution. Lynn has just begun a new job. She is 26, and ...

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We Anchor in Hope – The Bunker Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Jordan Director: Chris Sonnex Reviewer: David Guest Leading 18th century writer, Samuel Johnson, once said, “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Whether you’re popping down to the local for a swift half, settling down for G&T and chat, joining the tribe to ...

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Maggot Moon – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Jemma Kennedy Adaptor: Sally Gardner Director: Jesse Jones Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Sally Gardner’s novel for children Maggot Moon was published to great acclaim in 2012, winning both the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. Its central hero is Standish, a 15-year-old dyslexic boy whose reading disorder causes him to be bullied by fellow pupils and teachers alike. ...

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Now Is The Time to Say Nothing – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Lead artists: Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli Reviewer: David Guest Dragging yourself away from the comfortable observation space in front of a screen is easier said than done. Everyone watches news in a controlled position of isolation, whether that be viewing on television, PCs, tablets or mobile devices. But a fascinating art installation which continues to tour five years after ...

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The Niceties – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Eleanor Burgess Director: Matthew Iliffe Reviewer: Stephen Bates Dramatists are often accused of re-writing and falsifying history, but here, in a twist, we have a playwright who is accusing historians of getting it all wrong. Eleanor Burgess’ play, receiving its European premiere after a successful run Off-Broadway, challenges perceived truths about America’s past, going right back to the Revolution. ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – The Report

Writer and Director: Scott Z Burns Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are some moments at the London Film Festival that are extra special; seeing film stars is fun but it’s the stories of real-life heroes, people who’ve bravely faced extreme situations or overcome national opposition to do the right thing that stand out. In 2017, members of the SAS Squadron who ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Rialto

Writer: Mark O’Halloran Director: Peter Mackie Burns Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The subject of male mental health is slowly making its way into mainstream cinema but with the prevalence of superheroes, spies and gangsters, male role models still disproportionately emphasise strength, heroism and endurance. Peter Mackie Burns’ new film Rialto is refreshingly different, placing an ordinary character experiencing a combination of ...

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Tick, Tick… Boom! – Bridge House, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Guy Retallack Reviewer: Richard Maguire Before Rent there was Tick, Tick...Boom, and in some ways they share the same story. Rent examined the lives of a group of New Yorkers battling the AIDS crisis of the early 1990s whereas in Jonathan Larson’s earlier work the AIDS epidemic is stirring in the background, ready ...

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