BFI #LFF 2019: SID & JUDY Film Review

Judy Garland in SID & JUDY

Fusing film clips and rare concert footage with revealing excerpts from personal recordings, SID & JUDY is a poignant portrait of the late, great Judy Garland

4 out of 5 stars

Hot on the heels of the recent release of new biopic JUDY starring Renee Zewelleger, London Film Festival regular Stephen Kijak pays tribute to the late, great showbiz legend Judy Garland in his latest documentary SID & JUDY.

Inspired by the autobiography of her third husband Sid Luft, SID & JUDY takes a revealing new look at the latter...

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Göran Björkdahl and Mads Brügger in Cold Case Hammarskjöld (2019)

Playing like a first-rate thriller, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJOLD is an ambitious piece of work which makes for gripping viewing

3 out of 5 stars

They say that the truth is stranger than fiction yet Mads Brügger’s latest true-crime documentary COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD couldn’t get much stranger if it tried.

Best described as a documentary thriller, COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD follows Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl as they try to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarsk...

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Theatre Review: MAME – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Tracie Bennett (Mame) and the cast of MAME

Tracie Bennett (Mame) and the cast of MAME. Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

5 out of 5 stars

A prime example of the golden age of musical theatre, Jerry Herman’s 1966 classic MAME lights up the quaint Hope Mill Theatre

Having just celebrated its fourth birthday, it’s easy to see why the Hope Mill Theatre is making a name for itself. Following popular productions such as Aspects Of Love, Hair, and Spring Awakening, Mame feels like a full-sized Broadway production crammed into this amazing little theatre.

Mame tel...

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Eryk Rocha’s latest feature BURNING NIGHT is a poignant and persuasive piece about loneliness, survival and the quest for reinvention

3 out of 5 stars

The vibrant, volatile and rapidly changing city of Rio de Janeiro is vividly captured in Eryk Rocha’s latest feature film BURNING NIGHT, a poignant and persuasive portrait about the nocturnal encounters of a down-on-his-luck cab driver.

In order to pay for the child support he needs to send to his ex-wife Livia, recently divorced Paulo (Fabricio Boliveira) s...

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BFI #LFF 2019: AXONE Film Review

Sayani Gupta as Upasna in AXONE

When given time to breathe, Nicholas Kharkongor’s AXONE packs an emotional punch, turning this light-hearted and bittersweet comedy into something much more poignant and resonant

3.5 out of 5 stars

Following the success of his debut film MANTRA, filmmaker Nicholas Kharkongor returns to the big screen with his latest film AXONE, a bittersweet comedy about love, friendship and overcoming prejudice.

Set on a hot summer’s day, AXONE follows Upasna and Chanbi, two friends who want to prepare a special North Easter...

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Theatre Review: & JULIET – Opera House, Manchester

Miriam Teak-Lee and the cast of & JULIET.

Miriam Teak-Lee as Juliet and the cast of & JULIET. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Fresh, vibrant and fun, & JULIET is one of the most inventive musicals of the year

5 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that everyone knows the story of Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers has been reimagined, redefined and reinvented so many times that it’s almost impossible to deliver something new...

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Theatre Review: RSC AS YOU LIKE IT – The Lowry, Salford

The company of RSC's AS YOU LIKE IT.

The company of RSC’s AS YOU LIKE IT. Photo Credit: Christopher McGrillis

3 out of 5 stars

As part of a Royal Shakespeare Company’s national tour of three Shakespeare productions: As You Like It, The Taming of The Shrew and Measure for Measure, Kimberley Sykes directs this strident, contemporary version of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It at The Lowry Theatre...

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INTERVIEW: Director Kimberley Sykes Talks AS YOU LIKE IT

Lucy Phelps as Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT

Lucy Phelps as Rosalind in RSC’s AS YOU LIKE IT. Photo Credit: Christopher McGrillis

Director Kimberley Sykes talks about directing RSC’s riotous and exhilarating new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy AS YOU LIKE IT

Following its successful run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Lowry to present a trio of plays including AS YOU LIKE IT.

Written by William Shakespeare, AS YOU LIKE IT sees Rosalind and her cousin Celi...

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Theatre Review: MACBETH – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Lucy Ellinson (Macbeth) in MACBETH

Lucy Ellinson (Macbeth) in MACBETH at Royal Exchange Theatre. Photo Credit: Johan Persson

Despite Lucy Ellinson’s nuanced and edgy performance, Christopher Haydon’s contemporary version of MACBETH ultimately lacks intensity

3 out of 5 stars

It’s fair to say that Sarah Frankcom’s tenure at the Royal Exchange has been a success...

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Theatre Review: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – Palace Theatre, Manchester


Inspired by the hit cult film, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is a laugh-a-minute production about teaming up, standing up and taking care of business!

4.5 out of 5 stars

Based on the hit 1980s cult film, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL tells the story of Doralee, Violet and Judy, three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and bigot boss. Fed up, the ladies create a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor...

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