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TOM  –  Sadler’s Well, London

Creator: Wilkie Branson   Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Dancer Wilkie Branson’s new film TOM is full of foreboding and intrigue.  Shadowy figures populate stunning landscapes and dystopian cities in this story of a man trying to find his place in the world. The film certainly looks good, and if Keanu Reeves were to make a dance movie then TOM might be the result. ...

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Leeds International Film Festival – Wild Strawberries

Writer & Director: Ingmar Bergman Music: Erik Nordgren Reviewer: Rich Jevons Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) from 1957 is written and directed by the Swedish Svengali Ingmar Bergman and tackles the eternal question of our mortality and the meaning of our lives, especially as one approaches old age. Professor Isak Borg (played by silent cinema actor-director Victor Sjöström) is a 78-year-old widower. ...

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DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL: AFTER – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Creator: Liv O’ Donoghue (in collaboration with the cast: Clara Simpson, Kip Johnson, José Miguel Jiménez) Reviewer: David Keane As the end of the world approaches and uncertainty is all-consuming, two documentary filmmakers follow their subjects through the mire of emotions and struggles they face. The subjects, Clara and Kip, work their way through the seven stages of the apocalypse ...

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Fame the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jose Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen  “You want fame? Well fame costs. And right here is where you start paying in sweat.”  The story and sentiment behind Fame the Musical is indeed an infamous one. It has brought to life the ‘behind the scenes’ of the prestigious New York City High ...

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FILM REVIEW: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Writer and Director: Ol Parker Songs: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Reviewer: Stephen Bates Our wonderful Summer has just got even sunnier. It’s time to forget about high art and think about guilty pleasures, time to take another trip back musically to an era of dancing queens and disco kings, time to take in the warm sea breezes and bask ...

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Sleeping Trees at the Movies Trilogy: Sci-fi – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Tom Parry Writers/Directors: James Dunnell-Smith, John Woodburn, and Joshua George Smith Reviewer: Sam Lowe Sci-fi splendidly sucks the audience into a theatrical black hole, "spaghettifies" them, and leaves them in a tangled state of consciousness. Forcing them to ask the question, "What in the world did I just watch?" The audience are rocketed to the planet Plutopia, which rules ...

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Dave Johns: I, Fillum Star – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

man in donkey jacket and black woollen hat

Reviewer: Matthew Farnham Dave Johns spent 30 years as a stand-up comic and just found fame, as a film star. John’s tell us the story of how a circuit comedian ended up in one of the worlds most revered and socially active films of 2016. With his Geordie accent and skilled story telling, Johns weaves through the unlikely tale of how ...

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