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London Film Festival – The Other Lamb

Writer: Catherine S McMullen Director: Małgorzata Szumowska Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Handmaid’s Tale hangs heavy over Małgorzata Szumowska’s first English-language film about a cult leader and his female disciples trekking across moors and mountains to find a new home. While beautifully shot, The Other Lamb is too laden with familiar horror tropes and the story isn’t as involving as it ...

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Danse Élargie: Dance Expanded – Sadler’s Wells, London

Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Dance Expanded brings us a selection of finalist performances from its 2016 and 2018 competitions. Anyone can apply to the competition, and there are no limitations on content. The only stipulation is, “You have to have something to champion, something to defend.” It’s no wonder, then, that the performances are varied in the extreme, from slow-motion seaside ...

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The Ice Cream Boys – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Writer: Gail Louw Director: Vik Sivalingam Reviewer: David Guest South African politics in a post-Apartheid setting provides the edgy background to exciting new work The Ice Cream Boys at Jermyn Street Theatre, a small venue which constantly manages to strike oil. A boyish banter combines with cut-throat confrontation as two old rivals meet in the waiting room of a hospital ...

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Baby Reindeer – Bush Theatre, London

Writer an performer: Richard Gadd Director: Jon Brittain Reviewer: Stephen Bates As an Edinburgh Comedy Award winner and an accomplished actor, Richard Gadd has been acquiring a degree of celebrity status that could draw unwanted attention from over-enthusiastic fans. However, the terrifying and apparently true story that he has to tell, one of obsession and transgression, has nothing to do ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Rocks

Writer: Theresa Ikoko Director: Sarah Gavron Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the greatest things about the London Film Festival is the chance to see new perspectives and particularly movies by homegrown talent. These films don’t always attract big distribution deals or star names, but they are a celebration of everything that the British Film Industry can be with new writers, ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Muscle

Writer and Director: Gerard Johnson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A film about a male mid-life crisis, a new-found desire to go to the gym and the latent violence in all of us may not sound like a winner and in a year in which the representation of female film-makers at the London Film Festival has reached 40%, Muscle may even sound ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Moffie

Writer: Oliver Hermanus and Jack Sidey Director: Oliver Hermanus Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Best Film Award category at this year’s BFI London Film Festival includes some stunning films, including the well-deserved winner Monos. Also up for consideration was the South African drama Moffie, which traces a boy’s life as he is conscripted into the army in the early ‘80s. In ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Tlamess

Writer and Director: Ala Eddine Slim Reviewer: Richard Maguire Tlamess is the oddest film at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. Coming from Tunisia, Tlamess is almost two films, as each hour of its running time is completely different. The second act is almost too hard to swallow. The first hour of this stunningly shot film is almost conventional as ...

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