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Leeds International Film Festival – The Image Book

Director & Writer: Jean-Luc Godard Reviewer: Rich Jevons Director of some 127 films, including the recent Goodbye to Language in 3D, the 87-year-old narrates in a 10,000 Marlboro voice. It consists of a five-part mosaic of archive material and fictionalised sections that provide Godard's radical discourse on the state of the world. In particular, the Middle East. The sporadic scenes ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – The Drunkard’s Lament

Writer & Director: Jim Finn Reviewer: Rich Jevons The narrative of Jim Finn's The Drunkard's Lament is based on letters by Branwell Brontë, on the subject (mainly) of his sister Emily's Wuthering Heights. And, of course, there is a fair amount about his addiction to liquor and opium, too. He also waxes lyrical about his affair with a married woman ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – Penguin Highway

Director: Hiroyasu Ishida Writers: Tomihiko Morimi (novel), Makoto Ueda (screenplay) Reviewer: Rich Jevons Hiroyasu Ishida's coming-of-age anime is a fantasy with some incredible animation, from the characters in the rich narrative to the penguins and Jabberwockies in the magical mystery. The central character, 10-year-old Aoyama, embarks on a quest is to solve the mystery of why penguins are suddenly appearing ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – Colette

Director: Wash Westmoreland   Writers: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland & Rebecca Lenkiewicz Reviewer: Rich Jevons This biopic of French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette begins with her husband-to-be, writer and critic Henry Gauthier-Villars (known by his pen name Willy), visiting her as an ingénue in provincial Burgundy. We see them make love in a barn near her family home and this sets the ...

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The Owl and the Pussycat – Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall

Writer: Bill Manhoff Director: Mark Stratton Producer: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Owl and the Pussycat came to Thirsk Town Hall near the end of the third week of a four-week tour by the remarkable Esk Valley Theatre. Not content with a pretty much sold out month in the Summer at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Cardiff Boy – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Kevin Jones Director: Matthew Holmquist Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Porter’s The Other Room – which has been transformed into a shabby 90s boozer, complete with sticky carpets and uncomfy stools, Cardiff Boy is a one-man show about growing up in one of the Welsh capital city’s estates. Set to a 90s soundtrack, think indie Oasis, Jack Hammett as ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – The Fire Within

Director: Louis Malle Writer: Pierre Drieu La Rochelle Reviewer: Rich Jevons The Time Frames strand at this year's Leeds International Film Festival presents a wide-ranging selection of films from the past and present, all taking place within 24 hours. The first of these is a classic of French cinema directed by Louis Malle, The Fire Within. It sees a terrific ...

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