BFI #LFF 2018: THE CHAMBERMAID (LA CAMARISTA) Film Review

THE CHAMBERMAID Film Still

Lila Avilés confronts the monotony of long workdays in her compelling and deeply resonant debut feature THE CHAMBERMAID

Mexican actor-turned-director Lila Avilés confronts the monotony of long workdays with a quiet examination of forgotten belongings and budding friendships in her acutely observed feature debut THE CHAMBERMAID.

Set almost entirely within the rooms, corridors and service spaces of one of Mexico City’s five-star hotels, THE CHAMBERMAID follows Eve, a hard-working and diligent ...

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Theatre Review: LET IT BE – Opera House, Manchester

LET IT BE UK Tour

The cast of LET IT BE UK Tour. Photo Credit: Anthony Robling

LET IT BE charts The Beatles’ meteoric rise from their humble beginnings to the heights of Beatlemania

Billed as “The Beatles reunion you never got to see”, LET IT BE is a nostalgic romp through The Beatles’ discography.

This is not your typical jukebox musical...

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BFI #LFF 2018: THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER Film Review

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Parker Sevak in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career-best performance in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, a disturbing thriller which examines the fine line between nurture and obsession

The relationship between teacher and student seems to be a recurring theme at the BFI London Film Festival this year. Following Ursula Meier’s SHOCK WAVES: DIARY OF MY MIND which examines a teacher’s influence on her high school student, director Sara Colangelo takes it to another level in THE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, examining the fine l...

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BFI #LFF 2018: AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS Film Review

Matt and Luke Goss in AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS

Despite the odd awkward moment, AFTER THE SCREAMING STOPS is an intimate portrait of the Goss brothers

From Blondie and The Police to Erasure and New Kids on the Block, the number of 80s pop bands reuniting is certainly on the rise. So when British pop sensation Bros announced they were getting back together for a special comeback tour in 2017, it hardly seemed like big news.

During the late 1980s, Bros were one of the biggest bands in the world – for 15 minutes...

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Theatre Review: THE PRIDE – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

THE PRIDE

Funny and thought-provoking, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s THE PRIDE examines the changing attitudes to sexuality and the fear of being unloved

When Alexi Kaye Campbell’s play THE PRIDE first opened at the Royal Court Theatre in 2008, it won a handful of awards, including an Olivier. 10 years on, the play has lost none of its power as Green Carnation Company demonstrate in their latest revival.

Alternating between 1958 and 2008, THE PRIDE explores the seismic changes in attitudes to sexuality that have...

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INTERVIEW: Mahmoud Sabbagh Talks AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Mahmoud Sabbagh attends the World Premiere of AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Mahmoud Sabbagh at AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE. Photo: Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for BFI

Writer and director Mahmoud Sabbagh talks to Frankly My Dear UK about AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE

Following the success of his debut film BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH in 2016, Saudi filmmaker Mahmoud Sabbagh makes a welcome return to the big screen with his second feature, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE.

Blending dark comedy with irony and wit, AMRA AND THE SECOND MARRIAGE tells the story of a 44-year-old housew...

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BFI #LFF 2018: WILD ROSE Film Review

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WILD ROSE is a richly stirring human story about a young woman balancing her dreams of being a country music star with the responsibilities of motherhood

Actress Jessie Buckley delivers the star performance of the year in Tom Harper’s electrifying crowd pleaser WILD ROSE.

Fresh out of prison with a track record of bad behaviour, charisma and an electrifying set of vocal chords, WILD ROSE follows 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan (Jessie Buckley), a single mum who dreams of becoming a country singe...

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BFI #LFF 2018: LIFE ITSELF Film Review

LIFE ITSELF Film

Dan Fogelman takes some bold storytelling risks with LIFE ITSELF, a multi-layered drama about the heartrending complexities of life

Fans of hit US TV series THIS IS US will already know creator Dan Fogelman has a knack for producing emotional, multi-character drama. With LIFE ITSELF, Fogelman delivers his most expansive exploration yet with this multi-layered story about the heartrending complexities of life.

Told over five chapters, LIFE ITSELF follows Will (Oscar Isaac) and Abby (Olivia Wild...

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INTERVIEW: Dan Jarvis Talks THE PRIDE

Dan Jarvis Green Carnation Company

Director Dan Jarvis talks to Frankly My Dear UK about THE PRIDE and what audiences can expect from the show

Green Carnation Company head to Hope Mill Theatre this week for their debut production, THE PRIDE.

Switching between alternate timelines set in 1958 and 2008, THE PRIDE follows a love triangle between three characters and the different routes their lives could take, dependent on the decade they were born in...

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Theatre Review: AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY – Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Vika Bull in AT LAST - THE ETTA JAMES STORY

In a spirited musical tribute, Vika Bull celebrates the life and legacy of the rhythm and blues singer Etta James in AT LAST – THE ETTA JAMES STORY

Residing outside the typical jazz image, Etta James’ gritty-voiced renditions are credited with helping bridge the gap between blues music and rock and roll. Her raw energy and feisty attitude were reflected in the soulful collection of classics she left behind, carrying a distinctly deep voice that harboured lovesick songs.

AT LAST – THE ETTA JAM...

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