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SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)
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SXSW 2017 – Song to Song (2017)

Famously reclusive and sparing in his output, Terrence Malick used to be the mercurial auteur prototype. It helped that his small canon proved worthy of all the extravagant praise thrown its way. Then he suddenly stepped the productivity up; a move creating initial delight that has faded under the tedium […]

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview
Festivals

SXSW Film Festival 2017 Preview

The annual mid-March South by Southwest (better known as SXSW) shindig has just about everything going for it. Taking place in hip Austin, it’s perhaps best known as a musical festival, but the film portion has grown in importance as the years roll by, premiering exciting new releases from big […]

Lion (2017)
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Lion (2017)

In the early 1980s, a five-year-old Indian boy, Saroo Brierley, falls asleep in an empty train carriage and wakes up 1600km from his home where his is eventually adopted by a kindly Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, after scouring Google Earth for villages that match his fleeting memories of home, […]

LFF 2016 – Lion (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Lion (2016)

Saroo Brierley was only a child when he became lost in India. Accidentally transported 1,000 miles from home, he was eventually adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, he made headlines worldwide after using Google Earth to locate his home town and reunite with his mother.  Now, his book […]

TIFF 2016 – Five Things We’ve Learned
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TIFF 2016 – Five Things We’ve Learned

We watch films for fun but pure entertainment isn’t all they’re good for. Sometimes they even teach a thing or two. Now the 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close, here are the top five lessons to take away: 1. The RAF needs to […]

TIFF 2016 – The Secret Scripture (2016)
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TIFF 2016 – The Secret Scripture (2016)

Back in the previous century Jim Sheridan could do little wrong. He worked repeatedly with Daniel Day-Lewis after all, an actor not known for throwing himself into any old project. Then came a fall, precipitated predictably enough by a move from the old world to the US. Soon the man […]

Carol (2015)
Film Review

Carol (2015)

Glamorous prison of conventionality Carol, Todd Haynes’ adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s early novel The Price of Salt, is a swoon. Despite its edge of late Forties-early Fifties homophobia and otherwise rigid convention, the movie is rapturously beautiful, beginning with Highsmiith’s declared inspiration, a glamorous blonde lady in a fur coat […]

LONDON 2015 – Carol (2015)
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LONDON 2015 – Carol (2015)

This year, Australian actress Cate Blanchett is the recipient of the BFI Fellowship Award, one of the highest honours given by the agency. In addition, her latest film will be holding its UK premiere at the festival, and is sure to give her a seventh Academy Award nomination of her […]

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 […]

Carol (2015)
Film Review

Carol (2015)

Carol is a film crackling with opportunity, rich in period setting, richer still in personal relationships built up, torn down and glued back together with messy elegance. Returning once more to his favoured 1950s American backdrop, Todd Haynes has crafted a convention defying romance at once simple and complex. Straight […]