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BFI #LFF 2017: THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS Film Review

Shirley Collins in The Ballad of Shirley Collins (2017)

THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS is a touching story of an important voice lost and found

Following their award-winning documentary WAY OF THE MORRIS, filmmakers Rob Curry and Tim Plester return to the screen with THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS, a lyrical response to the life and work of folk music icon Shirley Collins.

Loosely based on Shirley’s autobiography AMERICA OVER THE WATER, THE BALLAD OF SHIRLEY COLLINS explores the story behind one of the important British folk singers of the 20th centu...

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BFI #LFF 2017: BAD GENIUS Film Review

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Tense, pacey and wickedly smart, BAD GENIUS is an exam-heist thriller like you’ve never seen before

Whether you’re 16 or 60, almost everyone can remember the pressure of high school exams. But while here in the UK GCSE and A Level results are certainly important, in Thailand good grades mean everything...

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BFI #LFF 2017: THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT Film Review

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Tarik Saleh’s gritty political thriller THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT is a wonderfully tense homage to film noir

Fresh from its award-win at the 2017 Sundance Festival, Tarik Saleh brings his gritty political thriller THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT to this year’s London Film Festival.

Set against the backdrop of the Egyptian Revolution, THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT follows corrupt police detective Noredin Mustafa who is called in to investigate the murder of a famous club singer at Cairo’s Nile Hilton Ho...

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BFI #LFF 2017: ANCHOR AND HOPE Film Review

Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, and Oona Chaplin in Anchor and Hope (2017)

Smart and funny, ANCHOR AND HOPE is a bittersweet story about love, life and longing

Following the success of his first feature film 10,000 KM, Carlos Marques-Marcet returns to the big screen with ANCHOR AND HOPE, a bittersweet story about love, life and longing.

ANCHOR AND HOPE tells the story of lesbian couple Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalia Tena) whose relationship is put under strain when Kat’s close friend Roger (David Verdaguer) comes to stay...

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BFI #LFF 2017: PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN Film Review

Bella Heathcote in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

Well-crafted and beautifully shot, PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN is a entertaining biopic about the man behind the world’s most famous female superhero of all time

Angela Robinson’s new biopic about the private life of WONDER WOMAN creator Dr William Moulton Marston couldn’t have come at a better time. Following the success of Patty Jenkin’s film earlier this year and with JUSTICE LEAGUE set for release next month, the world is wild right now for WONDER WOMAN and it’s easy to see why...

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BFI #LFF 2017: THE PARTY Film Review

Funny, potent and deliciously nasty, THE PARTY is a wickedly fast-paced piece of political and personal satire

A celebration quickly takes a turn for the worse in Sally Potter razor-sharp new comedy THE PARTY.

Shot in beady black and white, THE PARTY opens with Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas), the new appointed Shadow Minister for Health, inviting a few friends over for a dinner party to celebrate her long-awaited promotion...

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BFI #LFF 2017: 6 DAYS Film Review

Jamie Bell as Rusty Firmin in 6 DAYS

6 DAYS is a taut, introspective and solid re-telling of the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege

Director Toa Fraser brings real-life terrorism to the big screen in his new film 6 DAYS, a high-tension thriller based on the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege.

Based on true events, 6 DAYS opens with six armed gunmen storming the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London taking 26 people hostage in the process...

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BFI #LFF 2017: LOVING VINCENT Film Review

Douglas Booth in Loving Vincent (2017)

Created in the style of van Gogh’s paintings, LOVING VINCENT matches extraordinary visual style with richly satisfying storytelling

Mystery and art combine in Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman’s new film LOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully painted feature film about the life and death of the famous Dutch painter.

Taking place a year after Vincent van Gogh’s death, LOVING VINCENT follows Armand Roulin (Douglas Booth) as he sets out to deliver Vincent’s final letter to his brother, Theo...

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BFI #LFF 2017: MEMOIR OF A MURDERER Film Review

Seol Kyung-gu in MEMOIR OF A MURDERER

Taut, intelligent and unflinchingly dark, MEMOIR OF A MURDERER is an engrossing crime thriller with plenty of twists and turns

Following SEVEN DAYS (2007) and THE SUSPECT (2013), director Won Shin-yun returns to the big screen with MEMOIR OF A MURDERER, a twisted Korean tale of fatherly love and killer instinct.

Described as “TO CATCH A THIEF meets MEMENTO”, MEMOIR OF A MURDERER tells the story of retired serial killer Kim Byung-su who is encouraged to keep a diary by his daughter Eun-hee aft...

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BFI #LFF 2017: OUR TIME WILL COME Film Review

Xun Zhou in OUR TIME WILL COME

Affecting and thought provoking, OUR TIME WILL COME is an acute spy thriller about family and sacrifice

Following LOVE IN A FALLEN CITY (1984) and THE GOLDEN ERA (2014), director Ann Hui returns once again to the Sino-Japanese War for the setting of her latest film OUR TIME WILL COME, an acute spy thriller about a young woman drawn into Hong Kong’s underground resistance movement.

Set in 1941 in Japan-occupied Hong Kong, OUR TIME WILL COME tells the story of quiet schoolteacher Fang Lan (Xun ...

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