Theatre Review: RENT – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester [ONLINE]

Blake Patrick Anderson (Mark) and the Company of RENT at Hope Mill Theatre.

The Company of RENT at Hope Mill Theatre. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Luke Sheppard’s sensational revival of RENT surges with life, passion and a fighting spirit that feels particularly poignant in the current climate

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that, of all the sectors Coronavirus has impacted, theatre is one of the worst-hit. Nothing demonstrates this more than Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre latest production of RENT...

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Theatre Review: WHAT A CARVE UP! – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Alfred Enoch in WHAT A CARVE UP!

Employing multiple narrative styles, different perspectives and a highly fragmented timeline, WHAT A CARVE UP! builds up the story meticulously to entice the audience

4 out of 5 stars

As regional theatres in England prepare for a second lockdown, the Barn Theatre in Cirencester takes to the spotlight with the premiere of their new digital play, WHAT A CARVE UP! 

Based on Jonathan Coe’s satirical novel, WHAT A CARVE UP! chronicles the events leading up to the fictional ‘Winshaw Murders’...

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BFI #LFF 2020: AMMONITE Film Review

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite (2020)

Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan’s moving and unguarded performances impress in AMMONITE, Francis Lee’s forbidden-love story set in 1820s England

3.5 out of 5 stars

British writer and Director Francis Lee follows GOD’S OWN COUNTRY with AMMONITE, a solemn love story sparked by Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

Set on the overcast coast of Lyme Regis in the 1820s, AMMONITE tells the fictionalised life story of amateur palaeontologist Mary Anning (Katie Winslet) who lives a solitary, nearly silent life with her ...

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BFI #LFF 2020: NEW ORDER (Nuevo Orden) Film Review

Naian González Norvind and Fernando Cuautle in Nuevo orden (2020)

Violent and nihilistic, Michel Franco’s latest drama NEW ORDER is a riveting and suspenseful dystopian drama that resonates in these deeply troubling times

4 out of 5 stars

Michel Franco’s latest drama NEW ORDER marks a stark departure from the stylistic austerity and character-driven work of his previous films AFTER LUCIA and CHRONIC.

Best described as a suspenseful dystopian drama, NEW ORDER’s initial gaze is set on a luxurious home in Mexico City, where a wealthy white family is throwing a private wed...

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BFI #LFF 2020: ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES Film Review

One-Man-And-His-Shoes-Doc-2020

Informative and entertaining, ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES charts the cultural and commercial phenomena of Air Jordan and the basketball legend who gave the sneakers their name

3.5 out of 5 stars

You don’t need to be a sports fan to know who Michael Jordan is. You also don’t need to be a sneaker fan to have heard of Nike’s Air Jordan...

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BFI #LFF 200 METERS Film Review

Ali Suliman in 200 Meters (2020)

Despite some questionable plot devices, Ameen Nayfeh’s 200 METERS is a tense and emotional drama about the human implications of separation

3.5 out of 5 stars

Israel’s controversial West Bank barrier is at the centre of Ameen Nayfeh’s feature debut 200 METERS, a humanistic drama about a Palestinian father trapped on one side of the wall when a family emergency calls him to the other.

Every night, Mustafa (Ali Suliman) says goodnight to his children by flashlight, signalling across the 200 metres that keep them...

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BFI #LFF 2020: FAREWELL AMOR Film Review

Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine in Farewell Amor (2020)

Quiet, sensitive and thought-provoking, FAREWELL AMOR is an affecting feature debut from promising Tanzanian-American filmmaker Ekwa Msangi

4 out of 5 stars

Migration, memory and the importance of home are deftly explored in Ekwa Msangi’s affecting feature debut, FAREWELL AMOR, a thought-provoking drama about a New York-based Angolan man who finally reunited with his family.

As Walter (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine) reaches out to hug his daughter Sylvia (Jayme Lawson) and her mother Esther (Zainab Jah) at JFK air...

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BFI #LFF 2020: HONEYMOOD Film Review

 Ran Danker and Avigail Harari in Honeymood (2020)

While some of the comedy falls a little flat, Talya Lavie’s tough and empathetic take on romantic foibles in HONEYMOOD smartly subverts the typical “happily ever after” ending

3 out of 5 stars

Fresh from the success of her debut feature ZERO MOTIVATION, which won Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival along with six Israeli Academy Awards, Director and Screenwriter Talya Lavie is back at the BFI London Film Festival with her new romantic comedy, HONEYMOOD.

Arriving at their lavish honeymoon suite on thei...

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BFI #LFF 2020: HERSELF Film Review

Sandra Dunne and the cast of HERSELF (2020)

Intimate, timely and empowering, Phyllida Lloyd’s latest film HERSELF is one of the strongest films of the BFI London Film Festival so far

4 out of 5 stars

Phyllida Lloyd’s latest film HERSELF may not get the big-screen attention her previous work MAMMA MIA! or THE IRON LADY did, but this new British-Irish hope drama more than deserves its place in the spotlight thanks to its stirring script and superb lead performance from co-collaborator Clare Dunne.

HERSELF tells the story of Sandra Kelly (Clare Dunne)...

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TENET Film Review

John David Washington and Elizabeth Debicki in Tenet (2020)

TENET is a no-expense-spared, huge spectacle of a movie but its plot is so rich with complexities and nuances that it becomes indecipherable at times

4 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that every time Christopher Nolan makes a movie, it’s an event...

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