6 Days

6 Days – LFF 2017 Review

It’s surprising that it took so long for 6 Days’ subject matter to receive the onscreen treatment, as it depicts the famous 1980 Iranian Embassy siege and the SAS’s response, seen as “an almost...
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Funny Cow – LFF 2017 Review

Funny Cow is literally Maxine Peake’s show, as she narrates her tough life – and the film – from a later point of success through a televised monologue. Her no-nonsense honesty is reminiscent of a...
Song Of Granite

Song of Granite – LFF 2017 Review

Song of Granite is a difficult film to enjoy. Presented in a loose, arty structure of disordered scenes and stock footage, anything after the first 20 minutes or so is extremely hard to get a handle on. A...
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The Breadwinner – LFF 2017 Review

Although ostensibly a children’s animation, just as its source material was a children’s novel, The Breadwinner confronts the brutal reality of living in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as a female –...
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Saturday Church – LFF 2017 Review

Don't come in here expecting Glee - which, although it briefly dealt with some of the issues which Saturday Church does, did so in a glossily veneered way. Saturday Church puts the difficulties faced by LGBTQ...
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Darling – LFF 2017 Review

Danica Curcic eats up the screen as the titular Darling, a prima ballerina totally bereft when her dancing career is suddenly cut short by the devastating diagnosis of irreparable hip damage. Poised on the...
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Loving Vincent – Review

Told in Van Gogh’s own language – through some of his letters and, quite literally, through his unmistakeable painting style – Loving Vincent is a lavish feast for the eyes. There are the vibrant yellows...
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Battle of the Sexes – LFF 2017 Review

Many have heard of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, marketed as ‘The Battle of the Sexes’, but fewer may be aware of the seismic shifts in women’s tennis that prefaced the...
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Razzia – LFF 2017 Review

Razzia is a confusing and rather muddled state of affairs. Fair enough, it is presenting a set of challenging and confusing decisions with which its cast of characters must grapple. Thrusting the audience...
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Mudbound – LFF 2017 Review

Mudbound aims to tell an epic tale of racial tension in the 1940s Mississippi Delta, and it is an engaging – if emotionally battering – one. The film struggles, however, not to sink under its own weight....
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Final Portrait – Review

Based on his biography of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti, Final Portrait follows writer James Lord’s account of sitting for the temperamental artist in 1964. What was meant to be a quick sketch ended up...
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Hampstead – Review

As the opening titles begin, a lone kite floats whimsically over Hampstead Heath… and realisation dawns: this already seems rather Mary Poppins. By those titles’ end – all Hampstead Village in dappled...