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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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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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London Film Festival 2019 – JoJo Rabbit

Writer and Director: Taika Waititi Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A child with Hitler as his imaginary best friend is easily one of the strangest propositions at this year’s London Film Festival, but JoJo Rabbit is also one of the most delightful. Already the Peoples’ Choice Award winner at the Toronto Film Festival, Taika Waititi’s anarchic comedy drama shows the audience the ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – The Peanut Butter Falcon

Writers and Directors: Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The feel-good film of this year’s London Film Festival? Probably. This modern buddy movie has thrills and laughs, and features great performances from its two leads, Shia LaBoeuf and Zack Gottsagen. It’s wholesome fun. Gottsagen is a Down syndrome person, and when friends Michael Schwartz and Tyler Nilsen realised ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – The Lighthouse

Writers: Robert Eggers and Max Eggers Director: Robert Eggers Reviewer: Richard Maguire It’s certain that The Lighthouse will have its fans. Robert Eggers, who brought us The Witch, now directs this claustrophobic tale of two men, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, working in a lighthouse off the wild coast of New England. Filmed in black and white, every shot looks ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Our Ladies

Writer: Alan Sharp and Michael Caton-Jones Director: Michael Caton-Jones Reviewer: Maryam Philpott 20 years ago, no one wanted to make stories about women, that, director Michael Caton-Jones explained, is why it has taken so long to bring his adaptation of Alan Warner’s novel to the screen. There have been offers along the way to relocate it to the home counties ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Days of the Bagnold Summer

Writer: Lisa Owens Director: Simon Bird Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Adaptations of graphic novels tend towards the fantastical, think 300 with its extensive CGI or V for Vendetta’s tone of Gothic melodrama, but Joff Winterhart’s story of a lonely single mother and her Metallica-loving son is a small-scale domestic affair. Adapted for the screen by Lisa Owens and directed by Simon ...

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