London Film Festival Wrap-up: The Last of the Unjust

Cor, I stink. And my nails are shockingly long. They enter the room before I do. My last shower was Friday, and I figure 48 hours is about the limit I ought to go without washing. Fuck it, 72 hours will have to do this time. It’s not like I’m spending my time in a sterilised...

London Film Festival: 12 Years a Slave

I saw Steve McQueen’s Hunger on opening weekend in 2008. The UK was one of the very first countries to see his debut feature, and the Belfast screening was packed, of course. It was the best film I saw that year. A little over two years ago, I was having a pretty bad day, and...
Posted On 20 Oct 2013

London Film Festival: The Past & Stranger by the Lake

It’s my day off, kind of. I’m still seeing two films, and actually they’re both pretty high-profile Cannes entries: Asghar Farhadi’s The Past, for which Berenice Bejo won the official Best Actress award, and Alain Guiraudie’s Stranger by the Lake, for which he himself won the Un...

London Film Festival: Night Moves & Blue is the Warmest Colour

Last Monday, I felt a cold coming on. Well, I thought it was a cold. It was tonsillitis. Not very pleasant. Got some penicillin from the doctor; by this time, the tonsillitis was subsiding. I packed what remained of the first packet out of two for London, and by the time I had...

London Film Festival: Eastern Boys & The Selfish Giant

My stay here in London has so far been comprised of long stretches of business, punctuated by curious moments of inactivity. This morning was one of the latter. Three films today, all squeezed in to a mere few hours, with the first, Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys, kicking off at...

London Film Festival: Inside Llewyn Davis

There was a moment, yesterday, as I sat in the back of the taxi, watching the fare rise, imagining the first fifteen minutes of the film I was missing, Borgman, sweating like a priest in a playground, when I thought, “I’ve had enough. I haven’t even lasted two days in London. It...

London Film Festival: Norte, the End of History

London knew I was coming. They knew I knew how to handle weather like this. And anyway, there’s something about London that suits this kind of weather – the fudge-brown Thames, the greige slate and stone, the reportedly pompous insularity of its inhabitants… actually, I have...

57th BFI London Film Festival slate announced

(thanks again to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen) Official Competition The sophomore Official Competition line-up, recognising inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking, includes the following: Catherine Breillat’s Abuse of Weakness Richard Ayoade’s The Double Pawel Pawlikowski’s...
Posted On 04 Sep 2013

London Film Festival announces UK premiere of Stephen Frears’ Philomena

(Press Release) London, 30th August, 2013: – The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that the Festival’s American Express Gala will take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with the UK Premiere of...
Posted On 30 Aug 2013

Rust and Bone, Beasts of the Southern Wild top London Film Festival Awards

Official Competition titles: After Lucia EVERYDAY End of Watch Fill the Void Ginger and Rosa It Was the Son In the House Lore Midnight’s Children Rust and Bone (winner) No Seven Psychopaths First Feature Competition Beasts of the Southern Wild (winner) Clip The Comedian Eat...
Posted On 20 Oct 2012
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