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London Film Festival 2019 – Tlamess

Writer and Director: Ala Eddine Slim Reviewer: Richard Maguire Tlamess is the oddest film at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Coming from Tunisia, Tlamess is almost two films, as each hour of its running time is completely different. The second act is almost too hard to swallow. The first hour of this stunningly shot film is almost conventional as ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Rare Beasts

Writer and Director: Billie Piper Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Billie Piper’s directorial and screenwriting debut is one of the strangest films at the London Film Festival dealing with the chaotic perspective of a single mother looking for love. But in our post-Fleabag world, the protagonist is messy, flawed and not entirely likeable. Rare Beasts is weaker on plot and struggles to ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – London Calling

Martha – Director: Christopher Haydon Dad Joke – Director: David Abramsky Stand Still – Director: Isabella Wing-Davey Losing Pace – Director: Naomi Soneye-Thomas Our Sister – Director: Rosie Westhoff Something in the Closet – Director: Nosa Eke Reviewer: Richard Maguire For some people, The BFI London Film Festival is a chance to see films before they go on general release, ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Earthquake Bird

Writer and Director: Wash Westmoreland Reviewer: Richard Maguire Receiving its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival, this Ridley Scott produced mystery is set in Tokyo in 1989. This steamy tale of obsession is an homage, too, –deliberate or not – to the films of this era such as 9½ Weeks (1986) and Single White Female (1992) where jealousy ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Official Secrets

Writers: Gregory Bernstein, Sarah Bernstein and Gavin Hood Director: Gavin Hood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imagine the frustration for reporter Martin Bright of The Observer back in 2003 when his story from a leaked memo demonstrating that American and Britain were planning to coerce members of the UN Security Council to agree to war in Iraq, and a subeditor’s correction of ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Mr Jones

Writer: Andrea Chalupa Director: Agnieszka Holland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott George Orwell’s Animal Farm is one of the twentieth century’s most important allegorical novels with its skewering portrait of communism descending into chaos. But where did he get the idea? Andrea Chalupa and Agnieszka Holland argue that Orwell’s major inspiration was a Welsh diplomat who worked for Chamberlain and once interviewed ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Knives Out

Writer and Director: Rian Johnson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With the shoot now closed on what is almost certainly his final Bond film, it’s time for Daniel Craig to set out his acting stall and remind the industry what he’s capable of. Actors often do this with theatre, a chance to change the way they are perceived by taking on a ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Greed

Writer: Michael Winterbottom and Sean Gray Director: Michael Winterbottom Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Disposable fashion and constant consumption come at a very high price for those in the supply chain. Michael Winterbottom’s new film starring Steve Coogan takes a satirical swipe at the multinational fashion tycoons whose extensive wealth and bad behaviour drive down prices to sell cheap and in high ...

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