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London Film Festival 2019 – Circus of Books

Director: Rachel Mason Reviewer: Richard Maguire Within every family there are secrets, but rarely is that secret that your parents own a gay hard-core porn shop. Filmmaker Rachel Mason found out in school that Circus of Books, her parents’ bookshop in L.A., didn’t stock books about circuses. Later in life when she discovered that the shop was about to be ...

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London Film Festival – Us Among The Stones

Writer and Director: Dictynna Hood Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A dysfunctional family gather for a birthday party to finally reveal all the dark secrets that for reasons no one can fathom have never been revealed before at any number of parties the family have previously attended together. So goes the oh so standard narrative treatment which Dictynna Hood applies to her ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Pink Wall

Writer and Director: Tom Cullen Reviewer: Richard Maguire British films have held their own at this year’s London Film Festival. Despite tiny budgets, British directors have made movies just as good as those boasting budgets of millions. Pink Wall, the directorial debut by actor Tom Cullen was made with £100,000 and was shot in nine days. Nevertheless, his film charting ...

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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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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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