Author: Katie Smith-Wong

LFF 2016 – La La Land (2016)
Film Review

LFF 2016 – La La Land (2016)

In this day and age, it’s easy to be cynical and dismiss the idea of following your dreams and live happily ever after. After the phenomenal success of Whiplash, director Damien Chazelle dismisses cynicism to revive the all-singing, all-dancing musical for the modern age. La La Land is set in present-day […]

LFF 2016 – American Honey (2016)
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LFF 2016 – American Honey (2016)

Since her 2006 debut Red Road, British filmmaker Andrea Arnold has won the Jury Award at Cannes. Her latest winner is her fourth cinematic feature that also marks Arnold’s first film to be shot and set outside of the UK. American Honey follows teenager Star (newcomer Sasha Lane, who was street […]

LFF 2016 – A Monster Calls (2016)
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LFF 2016 – A Monster Calls (2016)

Before succumbing to breast cancer, British author Siobhan Dowd came up with the idea for a children’s novel, which was completed by American writer Patrick Ness after her death. The novel went on to receive critical acclaim, and was regarded as one of the best books of 2011. Five years […]

LFF 2016: A United Kingdom (2016)
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LFF 2016: A United Kingdom (2016)

In 1947, Englishwoman Ruth Williams fell in love with Seretse Khama, the prince of the then-British protectorate Bechuanaland in Africa. Their union gained controversy in Britain and Africa, which saw Seretse being denied his birthright as King of Bechuanaland.  Despite political and social opposition against their marriage, the Khamas eventually […]

BFI Unveils Line-Up for 60th London Film Festival
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BFI Unveils Line-Up for 60th London Film Festival

October marks the return of the BFI London Film Festival, which highlights the year’s most anticipated films in venues across the city, including a 780-seat pop-up cinema in Victoria Embankment Gardens. Celebrating its 60th year, the UK’s biggest film festival will be showing 245 fiction and documentary films, which includes 18 world […]

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)
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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Since 2010’s Despicable Me, Illumination Entertainment has received steady acclaim for its features, achieving its first $1bn grossing film last year with spin-off Minions.  Now, the voice behind the yellow sidekicks and Despicable Me co-director Chris Renaud is stepping up to direct his first full-length feature on his own. The Secret Life […]

The Boss (2016)
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The Boss (2016)

Since breaking out in Bridesmaids, Melissa McCarthy isn’t afraid of putting herself as a larger-than-life character. However, this seeming typecasting has led to lacklustre comedic roles in The Heat, Tammy and The Identity Thief. Her latest film is based on a character she created in comedy group Los Angeles Groundlings, […]

Sundance London 2016 – Morris From America (2016)
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Sundance London 2016 – Morris From America (2016)

Cyprus-born Chad Hartigan is a bit of an unknown in the filmmaking world but has already had moderate success at various independent film festivals. His 2013 feature This is Martin Bonner won the Best of NEXT Audience Award at Sundance and the John Cassavetes Award at Film Independent Spirit Awards.  His latest feature, starring […]

Sundance London 2016 – Wiener-Dog (2016)
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Sundance London 2016 – Wiener-Dog (2016)

Wiener-Dog is about a female Daschund, as it travels from home to home, ranging from inexperienced yet doting boy Remi and his short-tempered parents (Tracey Letts and Julie Delpy) to a blind and resentful elderly woman (Ellen Burstyn). Given that this film revolves around a dog, it is hard to see that […]