London Film Festival

Lovers Rock Review-London Film Festival 2020

Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock lets us fall in love for the first time, all over again to the classic Caribbean sights and sounds of West London in the 1980s. Do you recall that one house party you attended in your youth when you actually met someone special? They added the perfect soundtrack and you just got lost in the music? The slow seductive baselines pounds and resonate through your body. You can’t help but close your eyes and sway from side to side with pure pleasure. And the infectious melodic vocals have you singing along like you had written the…
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LFF 2020 Review: Ammonite

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan get cosy in Victorian romantic drama Ammonite, the closing film of the 2020 BFI London Film Festival Ammonite is the second feature film from British writer/director Francis Lee. His first film God's Own Country won awards and hearts all over the world, making Ammonite one of the most anticipated releases of 2020. Kate Winslet stars as Mary Anning, (a real figure though this is a fictionalised version of her life) a skilled paleontologist who now with her years of fame behind her ekes out a living finding and selling fossils on the Dorset coast. Her…
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LFF 2020 Review: New Order

No one is safe from the mob in grim Mexican dystopian drama New Order (Nuevo Orden) New Order opens on the wedding of Marian in the garden of her family's mansion in a wealthy neighbourhood of Mexico City. The ridiculous excess of Marian, her family and their many rich guests are contrasted against the poor treatment of their many servants, drivers and security guards. Festivities run wild all the while news reports heard in the background warn of growing civil unrest in the centre of the city. The party is suddenly and violently interrupted by a group of protestors who…
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Possessor Review: LFF 2020

Possessor is unapologetically brutal and unnerving. It's a shockingly savage, morally ambiguous sci fi story that will stay with you long past its blood-soaked finale and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Brandon Cronenberg follows up his 2012 debut Antiviral with this intense body swap thriller. His father David Cronenberg is considered the founder of the ‘body horror’ genre, known for his exploration of themes such as body transformation and the blending of psychological and physical terror. I freely admit I am not that familiar with his spectrum of work outside ‘The Fly’ and I’d like to believe Brandon is more interested…
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LFF 2020 Review: Identifying Features

A mother travels through the darkest parts of Mexico in a search for her missing son in Identifying Features (Sin Señas Particulares) Magdalenas (Mercedes Hernández) young son Jesús sets off for the US border intending to find a job in America. A short while later she learns that the friend he was travelling with has been found murdered near the border crossing - her son is missing and assumed dead too. Unable to live with the uncertainty of his fate, Magdalena traces his journey north through lawless territories on a search for answers. A very grim sort of road movie,…
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LFF 2020 Review: After Love

After Love is a moving drama about secrets, grief and closure from rising star Aleem Khan Opening in the port town of Dover, British muslim convert Mary Hussain discovers a shocking secret when her husband unexpectedly dies - he has a whole other family living just the other side of the English channel in Calais. Mary makes the trip over hoping to get to the bottom of things and discovers the affair went far deeper than she could have imagined. After Love is a sensitively done study in uncovering secrets and reconciling with them, told from a perspective I can't…
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LFF 2020 Review: Limbo

There's both laughter and tears in Limbo, an incredibly human refugee drama from British writer/director Ben Sharrock Limbo tells the story of Omar (played by Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian refugee stuck waiting out the result of his asylum application with other refuge seekers on a remote island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. The second feature film from Screen Academy Scotland graduate Ben Sharrock, it's a strikingly nuanced look at the absurdities of the British asylum process and the desperate people caught up in it. At first look, Limbo is utterly charming; quirky, humourous and packed with an intensely loveable…
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LFF 2020: Interview with Jennifer Sheridan, Director of Rose

Just a few hours before the world premiere of her debut feature Rose: A Love Story we spoke with it's director about how to create a realistic vampire story, parallels with Covid, and Steven Spielberg You can read the interview below, or give it a watch if you like more ramble https://youtu.be/eDxmoBD1MYc D: I'm sure this isn't how you imagined premiering a film but can you still celebrate?J: It's not not at all what I expected to be honest with you, but I'm just grateful to be in the festival and that people are watching it. I can't believe people…
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LFF 2020 Review: A Common Crime

A Common Crime (Un crimen común) is an intense Argentine drama about guilt, paranoia and an unjust society Cecilia is a university professor living a very comfortable life with her young son in a nice neighbourhood. On a dark and stormy night she is woken by a loud banging at her front door. She sees that it is the teenage son of her housekeeper and he appears to be panicked, but fearing for her own security Cecilia pretends not to be home and does not let him in. The next day she learns that he has been murdered by the…
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LFF 2020 Review: Rose

A unique take on an old tale, Rose is a smart vampire story with both relevance and bite Gripped by a mysterious illness that causes her to have a violent thirst for blood, Rose and her husband Sam live an isolated life together in a cabin deep in the woods. With a carefully planned routine they've built a home in which they can live safely and without public attention - but their refuge is put at risk when a stranger comes into their lives. Reading like a horror but presenting as a carefully played out study of a relationship -…
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