61st BFI London Film Festival Headline Galas, Strand Galas And Special Presentations

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...
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Rules Don’t Apply – Review

Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty's newest picture comes with certain expectations and, despite the wry casting of legendary Hollywood Lothario Beatty as eccentric aviator-producer billionaire (and...
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Their Finest – Review

Second World War-based films seem to be a particularly British obsession – but here comes Their Finest to remind us, in a rather shining example, why that's quite a good idea. A sweet, spiky and...
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City of Tiny Lights – Review

The private investigator spiel of City of Tiny Lights is well-trodden ground. It's refreshing, though, to see it set in the dirtier, dicier suburbs of West London, bringing realism to the piece as well as an...
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Trespass Against Us – Review

Trespass Against Us is a global tale told on a local scale in the ruralness of Gloucestershire. With shades of The Godfather, it's a study in the complex bonds of masculinity and patriarchy as Chad...
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The Promise – Review

An impressive amount of access - and diligence - sets this true crime documentary apart from others. The Promise's angle of Jens Söring's possible (and protested) innocence - he claims to have provided a...