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London Film Festival 2019 – Clemency

Writer and Director: Chinonye Chukwu Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Prison dramas are almost always written from the perspective of the inmates, particularly those awaiting execution on death row, so Chinonye Chukwu’s film Clemency showing as part of the London Film Festival is unusual, exploring the long-term effects of America’s system of capital punishment on a female prison warden. This should be ...

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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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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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London Film Festival 2019 – Lucky Grandma

Writer: Angela Cheng, Sasie Sealy Director: Sasie Sealy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The gangster movie feels as though it has been played-out from every angle, but cinema remains in love with the mobsters and crime groups that lurk beneath the surface of major cities. Yet the hopeless victim outwitting the violent gangs is a rarely seen trope these days which makes ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – The Personal History of David Copperfield

Writer: Armando Iannucci and Simon Blackwell Director: Armando Iannucci Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The London Film Festival likes to showcase big British movies at the opening or closing night and in recent years we have seen Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs and last year the fantastic Widows from Steve McQueen. 2019’s Opening Night Gala is Armando Iannucci’s adaption ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Little Joe

Writer: Jessica Hausner and Géraldine Bajard Director: Jessica Hausner Reviewer: Richard Maguire This low-key horror about the genetic engineering of flowers doesn’t quite come up smelling as roses, even with Ben Whishaw and Emily Beecham in the cast. A joint production between Britain and Austria, Little Joe is Jessica Hausner’s first English language film and while the camerawork is intriguing ...

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