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London Film Festival 2019 – Monos

Writer: Alejandro Landes and Alexis dos Santos Director: Alejandro Landes Reviewer: Richard Maguire This brutal depiction of child soldiers somewhere in the forests of South America looks beautiful. Green and fecund, the landscape of mountains and rivers extends beyond the camera, but at ground level the trees, the waterfalls and the mud keep the foot soldiers prisoners. Their lives are ...

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FILM REVIEW:  Homeless Ashes

Writer: George Wilcox Director: Marc Zammit Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Despite all the technology available it is still as difficult as ever to get films made and distributed, so much so that actor and director Marc Zammit turned to crowd-funding to realise his passion project which has its UK premiere at London’s Raindance Festival on 23 September. Homeless Ashes is a ...

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PREVIEW: Tower Theatre Open Day and Autumn Season Launch

There are plenty of brand-new theatres opening all over London, purpose-built spaces for fringe and commercial productions that suggests the arts are thriving. Over in Stoke Newington the 85-years old Tower Theatre Company has moved to new lodgings, a permanent space which hosted an open house event on 7 September 2019 to welcome new audiences and announce its autumn season. ...

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GUEST BLOG: Leigh Johnstone – All in the Mind Festival Director

When I was at secondary school, in Year 9, I took part in my first school play. It was Grease and I was playing Doody one of the T-birds. Apart from falling off the stage during the finale We go together I absolutely loved it and that experience really stuck with me. I then ‘got the drama bug’ and took part ...

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FILM REVIEW: Mrs Lowry & Son

Writer: Martyn Hesford Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It is surprising that it has taken so long for the life of artist L S Lowry to be dramatised on the cinema screen. After all, his story has inspired a ballet, stage and radio plays and a number of documentaries. Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Martyn Hesford’s script for ...

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Film Review: Seahorse

Director: Jeanie Finlay Reviewer: Richard Maguire The male seahorse has quite a burden to carry. Not only does he have to carry the female’s eggs in a pouch until they hatch, releasing them into the ocean fully developed, but also the seahorse now stands as a symbol for the unpredictability of gender roles in the modern age. Jeanie Finlay’s beautifully ...

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Latitude 2019 – On reflection

As the wet weather sets in and it seems summer may be over all too soon, reflections on the last day of Latitude, when we were slightly too tired to think straight, let alone produce any material that would make sense, and the festival weekend in general come to the forefront of our minds. As everything reached its conclusion on ...

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FILM REVIEW: Piranhas

Writers: Claudio Giovannesi, Roberto Saviano and Maurizio Braucci Director: Claudio Giovannesi Reviewer: Richard Maguire Like a cross between The Godfather and Quadrophenia, Claudio Giovannesi’s Piranhas certainly lives up to its name as it follows the lives of Neapolitan teenagers attracted by the glamour of crime. Tattooed and streetwise, these boys bite, and soon, like the Amazonian fish, they develop a ...

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