LFF opens with Fernando Meirelles’ 360

From Netribution

The 55th BFI London Film Festival opens tonight!

Oh. Fernando Meirelles. This is no City of God. This isn’t even Love Actually.

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Review: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

The interiors of this latest adaptation of John Le Carré’s 1973-set novel look and feel like just like the those of the BBC’s recent drama series, The Hour, set in their 1956 newsroom. Even the plots are alike – there’s a Russian spy in our very English midst, which one is he (it’s never gonna be a she)?

The main clues as to which era we’re in are found outside – the odd black or Asian person popping up in the corner of a frame, a girl in hotpants, the lovely cars. Inside the Circus [the highest level of  British intelligence], though, it’s all closed and brownish and peopled by grey men. The Cold War is still very much on, and this film sets the scene expertly.

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London Film Festival: Paul Greengrass receives Variety award

More film fest excitement for y’all!

 Last night saw director Paul Greengrass receive The Variety UK Achievement in Film Award at an event held in conjunction with the London Film Festival. He was then interviewed by Variety magazine’s Europe and Middle East correspondent, Ali Jaafar. The discussion ranged from Greengrass’s interest in Northern Ireland to the process of making The Murder of Stephen Lawrence. Suchandrika Chakrabarti reports

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London Film Festival: Michael Moore’s Sicko is a must-see

If I do say so myself.

Sicko was shown at the London Film Festival last week. It is Michael Moore‘s latest effort, looking at the mess that is America’s privatised healthcare system, relying as it does upon insurance claims to pay medical bills.

As Moore’s average, middle-class, insured subjects show us, though, having the insurance may still not be enough. The industry does all it can to avoid payouts, denying the needy of healthcare.

Netribution’s London correspondent Suchandrika Chakrabarti provides an extensive, absorbing review of the latest film from the documentary world’s most popular (creatively) and challenged (critically) director.

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London Film Festival: Naomi Watts screentalk

Friday night saw Naomi Watts interviewed for a Screentalk at the London Film Festival.

The discussion took in Mulholland Drive, Funny Games and Eastern Promises, as well as Naomi’s background and her experiences of producing. Suchandrika Chakrabarti reports

Naomi also gave us a fine impression of David Lynch directing her while she was in a full bunny suit, unable to see or breathe. She ended up walking into walls and an ironing board as he yelled at her.

Her partner Liev Schreiber was in the audience and got a few shout-outs from her onstage, especially when she was pressed on whether she would move to London to live.

She also felt compelled to say “I’m not this dark twisted person!” Find out why below…

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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

Off to interview the makers of this film, which is about how we’re running out of the cheap, straightforward-to-extract oil that underpins industrialised societies.

Went to the screening last week, and it’s not often you get one of the directors standing up at the start to say…

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Festival time

There’s no chance of me being bored when I make the switch from staff to freelance in the next few weeks. I’m going to cover the London Film Fest, which runs 17th Oct – 1st Nov, and press screenings start 1st Oct.

For more info, see my news story, written after the press launch last Thursday. It took place at the Odeon West End, Screen 2, which is absolutely massive – and it was packed to the rafters. There were introductions from the British Film Institute’s head honcho, and the festival’s artistic director, then a half hour reel of clips from a selection of movies. The poor/lucky selection team have sat through 2000 entries for the fest since January. Wow.

These ones look promising to me:

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