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London Film Festival: Dublin Oldschool

Writers: Emmet Kirwan, Dave Tynan Director:  Dave Tynan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Books and plays are the frequent basis for film, but it's fairly rare to see an Irish film of an Irish play screened at a major international festival. Dublin Oldschool is Emmet Kirwan’s adaptation of his own play written in 2014. With its heart and soul in the Irish city, ...

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London Film Festival: If Beale Street Could Talk

Writer and Director: Barry Jenkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Following-up on the highly acclaimed and eventual best picture winner Moonlight should never have been easy, but Barry Jenkins makes it look effortless in his latest movie If Beale Street Could Talk, an adaptation of James Baldwin’s novel set in Harlem and detailing a love story against the backdrop of a rape case, ...

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Wings – Huddersfield Town Hall

Film Director: William A. Wellman Composer: Carl Davis Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Ron Simpson At the end of the showing of Wings at Huddersfield Town Hall, a sizable proportion of the audience rose in a standing ovation. Who or what were they applauding? William Wellman, dead these 40-odd years, for an inspired piece of film-making? ...

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London Film Festival: Outlaw King

Writers: Mark Bomback, Bathsheba Doran, David Harrower, James MacInnes, David Mackenzie Director: David Mackenzie Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Every nation has its myths and heroes, ones they return to again and again to explain their identity. England recently discovered that its Empire heritage is still ingrained in spirit if not in practice, while Scotland looks to its pre-medieval freedom fighters to ...

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London Film Festival:  The White Crow

Writer: David Hare Director: Ralph Fiennes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott On 16 June 1961 anyone passing through the departure lounge of Le Bourget Airport in Paris would have witnessed an extraordinary scene, Rudolf Nureyev gave his Soviet minders the slip and defected to the West. A celebrated star in his home country and a rebellious personality, Nureyev’s introduction to European audiences, ...

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London Film Festival: Peterloo

Writer/Director: Mike Leigh Reviewer: Richard Hall On Monday, August 16th 1819 it is estimated that between sixty to eighty thousand people crammed into St. Peter Field in Manchester to attend a public meeting calling for parliamentary reform and the repeal of the oppressive Corn Laws. What happened on that fateful day when fifteen people were killed and over six hundred injured ...

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London Film Festival: Wild Rose

Writer: Nicole Taylor Director: Tom Harper Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The BFI has made considerable efforts to celebrate working-class experiences, including a dedicated mini-season on the Working Class Hero at their Southbank home and funding movies that look at the lives of ordinary people from all over the UK. One such project, Wild Rose, has been 10-years in the making, a sweet ...

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London Film Festival: Sometimes, Always, Never

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce Director: Carl Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce really likes to write about fathers and sons; last year his movie Goodbye Christopher Robin examined the relationship between the shell-shocked A.A. Milne and his son, woven into the magical landscape that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. More modestly this year Cottrell Boyce’s new film Sometimes, Always, Never, premiered at ...

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