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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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London Film Festival: Ray and Liz

Writer and Director: Richard Billingham Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The issue of poor parenting, neglect and poverty is a very difficult subject to address in a film, one that needs to be handled with sensitivity and considerable caution to avoid making broad-brush statements about class and wealth. Richard Billingham’s debut film Ray and Liz, a Film Festival new feature nominee, is ...

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London Film Festival: Can You Ever Forgive Me

Writers:  Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty Director: Marielle Heller Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Some of the world’s most audacious crimes have been carried out by a single individual able to fool the experts. While we most often think of forgery as an art crime where famous works are directly copied and sold as originals, Lee Israel applied the same logic to ...

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London Film Festival: Only You

Writer and Director:  Harry Wootliff Reviewer: Maryam Philpott How tiresome these generic stories if female fertility have become, and thanks to Glen Close’s performance in Fatal Attraction30 years ago, the frustrated childless woman turned emotional psychopath is a well-worn cliché. Harry Wootliff’s debut film as writer and director ploughs much the same furrow as many before him, turning in an ...

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London Film Festival: Benjamin

Writer and Director:  Simon Amstell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The film industry loves nothing better than to look at itself, but there are significant differences in the UK and US approach. The Americans tend to focus on the extremes, either celebrating the joyous magic of Hollywood in movies such as Singing in the Rain and La La Land, or warning of its ...

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London Film Festival: A Private War

Writers: Marie Brenner and Arash Amel Director:  Matthew Heineman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the biggest wins of this year’s London Film Festival has been the increased number of intelligent female-led stories. Along with the enjoyable Can You Ever Forgive Me starring Melissa McCarthy as a literary fraudster, the programmers have also included A Private War as the Mayor of London Gala screening, ...

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