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2018’s Film Festival

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Notes on Identity

“I wanted to reject the idea of a landscape idea of depicting African culture because that’s a way of looking at traditional culture from an outsider’s perspective.” – John Trengove on The Wound.

Reflective Persona

The feature directorial debut of Alexandra Dean, Bombshell: The Heddy Lamarr Story sees the director explore the formidable, yet misunderstood persona of this Hollywood star.

Poignant Reflections

The title of Italian director Paolo Virzi’s first English-language movie refers not to a person, but an RV owned by an ageing American couple, John and Ella, (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren).

Rethinking Tradition

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide. But today they face a grave threat. Mark Day discusses The Islands and the Whales.

Northern Soul

Adrian Shergold’s work includes Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Low Winter Sun and He Kills Coppers. His latest film, Funny Cow, stars Maxine Peake as a would-be stand-up comedian.

East End Film Festival: A Round Up

This week, the East End Film Festival gets underway. First formed in 2000, the festival now opens with a real coup including Boom For Real, Revenge and Pin Cushion.

ASFF Alumni: Addressing the Short Form

Directed by Boldizsár Cr, Cry of the City narrates the challenges that young people have to face in order to follow their dreams. The film screened as part of ASFF 2017’s Fashion strand.

An Enigmatic Portrait

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco is art historian, curator and filmmaker James Crump’s third feature film, which tells the story of the most influential fashion illustrator of the 1970s.

Western Mythologies

Some directors are made to be seen on the big screen. Sergio Leone is one such filmmaker. The Italian auteur is being granted a welcome retrospective this month at BFI Southbank.

Beyond the Surface

Todd Haynes’s masterful pastiche of 1950s melodramas, Far From Heaven, is fixated on notions of facades and truth. The film leverages the exaggerated style of social melodramas.

Covert Operations

The hugely popular Secret Cinema is back with another London extravaganza. This time it’s Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi Blade Runner; purists will be happy to know it’s the director’s 2007 version.

New Realities

Ready Player One is Spielberg’s most exhilarating big screen entertainment in years, filled with exactly what he does best – thrill rides, young dreamers and cutting-edge tech.

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