Film Review: The Hunt

Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt is a powerful and affecting drama. Its strength lies in the fantastic performances and the fine direction. Kindergarten teacher Lucas is adored by the children he teaches and has many friends in the small community where he lives. When Lucas is accused of abusing a child, his world falls apart. The allegation has a profound effect […]

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London Film Festival 2012 Launch

The BFI London Film Festival’s full programme was announced on Wednesday 5th September. This year, the festival is slightly shorter (twelve days instead of fourteen), but screenings will take place at more venues around London. Prior to the launch, it was announced that Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie would open the festival, and the new adaptation of Great Expectations would close it. […]

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Nick Murphy Interview

Nick Murphy was at the London Film Festival in October to promote his upcoming film The Awakening. It is the feature debut for Murphy, who has hitherto written and directed for television. I met Nick in the last week of the festival, where he took part in round table interviews. The Awakening was co-written by Stephen Volk, who wrote Ghostwatch; […]

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Film Review: Wuthering Heights

Andrea Arnold’s atmospheric adaptation of Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights is a thought-provoking experiment. The film is far more earthy than a typical costume drama, which will either please or put off viewers depending on their inclinations. The Earnshaw family are well off, living in Yorkshire. One day, Mr Earnshaw brings home Heathcliff, a young boy he finds wondering alone, and […]

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Film Review: Faust

Aleksandr Sokurov’s realisation of Goethe’s classic relies upon style and tone rather than narrative to beguile viewers. Faust is overlong, but the film generates a wonderful atmosphere. Faust is a professor of anatomy who struggles to pay his bills. After his father refuses to help him, Faust encounters a moneylender who seems eager to help. The moneylender shows Faust another […]

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London Film Festival Debriefing

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG0FK5pjl7g[/youtube] So the BFI London Film Festival is over for another year. I managed to catch thirty-five films this year, as well as a smattering of press conferences and a round table interview. Having seen less than a quarter of the films shown throughout the festival, I have undoubtedly missed some gems. With this in mind, the following is a […]

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Film Review: The Monk

The Monk is one of those films that fall into the guilty pleasure category. Director Dominik Moll provides an entertaining ninety minutes of filmmaking. Left on the doorstop of a monastery as a baby, Ambrosio is raised by the monks. Taking his vows as an adult, Capucin Ambrosio is well respected by his brothers at the monastery and the surrounding […]

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Film Review: Take Shelter

Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter is an engrossing drama that boasts a superlative performance by Michael Shannon. Husband and father Curtis is haunted by a series of dreams which foretell an apocalypse. As these visions become more intense, he begins to question why they are plaguing him. At the same time as worrying about his mental health, Curtis begins to reinforce […]

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