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LONDON 2015 – Room (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Room (2015)

Last year, Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson directed an offbeat film about a musician with a papier-mâché head that attracted mixed reviews after its premiere at Sundance Film Festival.  This year, he has adapted the 2010 best-selling novel by Irish-Canadian author Emma Donoghue, which is already receiving Oscar buzz for […]

LONDON 2015 – The Club (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – The Club (2015)

Despite being the son of a senator and a former government minister, Chilean director Pablo Larraín states that his political connections do not influence his work.  Yet his fifth feature, the winner of the Silver Bear – Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is a twisted, but […]

LONDON 2015 – High-Rise (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – High-Rise (2015)

After being linked to Don’t Look Now director Nicholas Roeg, a film version of J. G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise fell into financial difficulties and UK producer Jeremy Thomas put the project aside.  Now, 30 years after the novel’s original publication, Kill List director Ben Wheatley and his wife, screenwriter Amy Jump, […]

Pan (2015)
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Pan (2015)

Here’s a rather titillating prospect, the opportunity to observe some delightfully daring studio one-upmanship. Whilst Disney trawl through their back catalogue looking for past properties that can be spun on a bigger wheel, sailing through the skies comes Warner Brothers, hoping to beat the House of Mouse at its own […]

RAINDANCE 2015 – God’s Acre (2015)
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RAINDANCE 2015 – God’s Acre (2015)

The Global Financial Crisis and subsequent recession and descent into monetary despondency have provided artists with plenty of food for bleak thought. J.P. Davidson uses the idea of fiscal ruin as the starting block for his psychological horror God’s Acre, a minimalist chiller that plays on the idea of isolation […]

LONDON 2015 – Trumbo (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Trumbo (2015)

American director Jay Roach hasn’t really done biopics.  With films such as the Austin Powers films, The Campaign and Meet the Parents, creating a film about one of Hollywood’s most renowned screenwriters doesn’t fit in with his normal style of comedy.  But after three years since his last film, he […]

The Intern (2015)
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The Intern (2015)

Comparisons will inevitably be made between Writer / Director / Producer Nancy Meyers’ new comedy The Intern (2015), and that other great take-off of the notoriously bitchy world of fashion, The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – a pithy and dryly humorous look at the life of a put-upon assistant to […]

LONDON 2015 – Suffragette (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Suffragette (2015)

This year’s BFI London Film Festival focuses on the role of women in film with 46 features directed by women and a number of key films that feature a strong female lead. The opening gala film is no exception – a historical drama that highlights a key point in UK history […]

RAINDANCE 2015 – Mile End (2015)
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RAINDANCE 2015 – Mile End (2015)

Accomplished actors, when handled with deftness and competence, can elevate sub-standard drama and turn leaden-footed dialogue into something palatable. Likewise, snappy writing can provide breathing room for less gifted actors and help paper-over any cracks in the performance. In an ideal situation you would have both at your disposal, but […]