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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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UK Film Review: The Burying Party

Writers: Richard Weston and Laurence Thompson Director: Richard Weston Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Of the many tragedies of the First World War, few elicit a greater sense of its futility than the men who died in the days before the Armistice, poet Wilfred Owen was among them. As the UK looks to the centenary commemorations next weekend, Richard Weston’s new film ...

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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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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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International Jewish Film Festival : Humor Me

Writer and Director: Sam Hoffman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The mid-life slump can be a particularly difficult proposition and is a frequent subject for drama, the point at which someone has built a career and family, when adult life has become entirely routine before it all blows-up in their faces. Sam Hoffman’s protagonist in Humor Me faces that exact dilemma when all ...

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Jerusalem Film Festival : The Unorthodox

Writer and Director: Eliran Malka Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Whole political movements can start with just one angry man refusing to be treated as an underdog any longer. All around the world at some point or another working men have felt disenfranchised and voiceless, ignored by their ruling elite. Yet, with little political training they found ways to challenge the status ...

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London Film Festival:  The Fight

Writer and Director: Jessica Hynes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The filming process can change a story considerably, so while Jessica Hynes’ directorial debut was meant to be a Strictly Ballroom-like comedy about a mother falling in love with boxing, the script developed into a multi-layered family drama about fear, dysfunction and shaking-off the past, a story, Hynes explained at its London ...

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