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The BFI London Film Festival – Press Week 1 – Round-Up

Four weeks of press screenings precede the festival itself and continue during the public event proper. Here is a look at some of the titles appearing between 18-22nd September and our initial thoughts on what we’ve seen so far.

IT – Facing Evil – New featurette released

New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,” directed by Andrés Muschietti (“Mama”), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.

Three Summers at MIFF

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has just come to an end. It featured hundreds of features and shorts over the 17 days, and this year’s theme was to “explore new worlds,” which saw matters of social justice, empathy and connection examined in many of the stories seen on screen – extremely apposite in an Australia that’s currently wrestling with marriage equality and the ever-present issue of Aboriginal rights.

The Ghoul – Interview with Director Gareth Tunley & Actor Alice Lowe

Director Gareth Tunley and Alice Lowe, who plays Kathleen, talk to Close-Up Film about the making of noir-ish thriller, THE GHOUL.

Dunkirk – Roundtable featurette

A candid roundtable conversation between young stars Fionn Whitehead, Harry Styles, Tom Glynn Carney, Jack Lowden in which they discuss their experiences making the film and their excitement for its upcoming release all of which is introduced by director Christopher Nolan.

An Adult’s Guide To Animation

here are a selection of animated films that run the gamut from outrageous and erotic to surreal and irreverent; you should perhaps watch when the little ones are tucked in bed!

KELLY REICHARDT speaks to Carlie Newman about her new film Certain Women

Sitting quietly in the hotel room, it is hard to believe that Kelly Reichardt is responsible not just for directing the film CERTAIN WOMEN but also for writing and editing it.

A Look At The OSCAR Nominations, With A Glance At The BAFTA Nominations

The Oscar nominations are, in many ways similar to those put forward by BAFTA. What is particularly interesting is the films that have been omitted from the lists.

Mexican New Wave Horror – Things are getting bloody strange south of the border

The turning point for the modern Mexican horror genre occurred in 1993, when a certain Guillermo Del Toro burst onto the scene with his inventive and brilliantly creepy film Cronos.

Giveaway: Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito on DVD

We have one dvd copy of Wiener-Dog starring Greta Gerwig and Danny DeVito to giveaway.

Close-Up encounters… ‘E.T. in Concert’ at The Royal Albert Hall

On Wednesday 28th December, The RAH played host to the ET: The Extra-Terrestrial leg of its current ‘In Concert’ series of live orchestra accompanied films. Previous mightily musical movies featured, include Jurassic Park, Amadeus, Independence Day, Gladiator, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Godfather and Frozen.

More Highlights From The London Film Festival

The London Film Festival 2016 has finished but the new films that have been shown are or will be on general – or limited – release over the coming year.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announces its jury line-up for this year’s Festival Awards. 

The juries will be led by: multi award-winning director ANDREA ARNOLD whose film AMERICAN HONEY won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2016 and premiered as last year’s LFF Festival Special Presentation

37th Cambridge Film Festival announce full line up.

One of the UK’s most prestigious and well-respected film festivals, the Cambridge Film Festival is delighted to announce its full programme for the 37th edition, taking place 19th – 26th October at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema and other venues across Cambridge. 

New 2k restoration of DUNKIRK (1958) released on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Download

Featuring brand new extras, Ealing Studios’ remarkable DUNKIRK (1958) will release as part of STUDIOCANAL’s Vintage Classics Collection – a showcase of iconic British films, all fully restored and featuring brand new extra content

Wonder Woman Named UK’s Favourite Superhero

Carphone Warehouse, one of the UK’s leading mobile phone retailers, carried out the research to celebrate the launch of its Action Hero competition, which asks the nation to capture an action-packed moment this summer – for the chance of winning a £300 prize bundle.

American Express® London FIlm Festival Gala Announced

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is thrilled to serve up BATTLE OF THE SEXES, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, as this year’s American Express Gala at this year’s Festival.

Raindance Film Festival Programme Launch 2017

The Raindance Film Festival have announced the majority of its highly...

BFI to host Sir John Hurt season

At a special memorial event on Sunday 25 June, BFI CEO Amanda Nevill announced that BFI Southbank will host a film and television season dedicated to BFI Fellow Sir John Hurt, who died in January.

Johnny Depp confirmed as “Guest of Honour” at Cineramageddon

Cineramageddon is a unique five-day film festival within Glastonbury Festival, conceived and curated by director Julien Temple.

Felicity Jones’ “Jyn Erso” The Most Popular Star Wars Character In The UK

To tie in with Star Wars first premiering 40 years ago (on 25/05/77), new search trends analysis research today reveals that British actress Felicity Jones’ “Jyn Erso” is the UK’s most popular Star Wars character.

Holocaust film ‘Destination Unknown’ released 16th June

Making a unique contribution to the history of the Holocaust, the film captures the pain which still haunts Holocaust survivors 70 years after liberation and the resilience which has enabled them to live with the memories.

FIlm4 Summer Screen

Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House brings the best of cinema to one of the most spectacular settings in London. 

Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ in production

Production is now underway on Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You, a fun, and heartwarming holiday story brought to life in beautifully realized CGI animation.

School Life (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

A few years back, in 2002, there was a delightful French film called ‘Etre et Avoir’ about a one room school in rural France. The class was full of tiny children learning under a kindly teacher. It was funny and sweet. ‘School Life’ is not the equal of that movie. It is, however, interesting in its own way.

Jungle  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Like “6 Below” last week this is another of those true life stories of human endurance in solitude against the challenges of nature, where the viewer feels as though they have lived through every exhausting experience with the protagonist.  This time though it is set in the tropical heat and humidity of the Amazonian jungle.

6 Below  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

This is one of those “based on a true life story” films – this time a “human endurance against terrible odds” tale.   Comparable in theme to “The Revenant” and “127 Hours”, the hero this time is Eric LeMargue, who gets lost in the frozen, snowbound wastes of the Sierra Nevada mountains for eight days.

The Ritual  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

After the death of one of their group, four young college friends go on a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, as a sort of tribute to the dear departed, who was a lover of the healthy, open air life. The ritual of the title is one they conduct there to honour his memory.

Loving Vincent  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

“Loving Vincent” is a groundbreaking combination of live action, animation and artistry, in that the scenes were shot with live actors, then each frame of the film (around 65,000 of them) was hand-painted over in oils in faithful replication of the style of the artist Vincent Van Gogh.  The result is visually enthralling as we see Vincent’s paintings and particularly the people in them come to life as the artist himself saw them. 

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

There has been a plethora of “based on a true life story” films of late from this week’s “6 Below”, “Detroit” in the summer, the upcoming “Jungle” and last week’s “The Glass Castle”, to name but a few.   But sometimes fiction can capture more of the truth than fact.

Blade Runner 2049 (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Thirty-five years after Ridley Scott rewrote the science fiction genre with his rainy, grainy, grimy vision of a dystopian future this monumental, contemplative, elegiac movie arrives as a perfect bookend, following an unexpected but ultimately satisfying story arc.

The Glass Castle  (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Based on an autobiographical memoir by American journalist Jeannette Walls, the film tells the story of Jeannette’s unconventional childhood and particularly her relationship with her eccentric and flamboyant father Ray (Harrelson).

Brimstone  (18) | Close-Up Film Review

This feminist Western is the story of Liz (Dakota Fanning), who lives with her older husband Eli (William Huston), her teenage stepson and her small daughter on a farm somewhere on the frontier of the Old West. 

The Exception  (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Ostensibly the centre of this tale, which is set in Holland in World War II, is the love affair between German officer Brandt (Jai Courtney) and British spy Mieke (Lily James).  

Our Last Tango (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Although the documentary is basically about the break up of a relationship, it is a very sweet and tender film. Narrated mainly by Maria Nieves Rego, with Juan Carlos Copes also speaking to camera from time to time, we get a real picture of the lives of the most famous tango dancers in Argentina.

Victoria and Abdul (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

You might want to see wonderful Judi Dench as Queen Victoria but you’ll stay to enjoy a well-made film with a fascinating story. Certainly, it’s most likely not all true, but which ‘based on fact’ film is?

Land of Mine  (12A) | Home Ents Review

The title of this film in Danish is “Under sandet” meaning “Under the sand”, while the English title is a bleak pun on the subject matter, which is what director Zandvliet describes as the “never documented story of the dark side of Denmark’s war history”. 

Vampir Cuadecuc (E) | Home Ents Review

A uniquely uncanny experience, Vampir Cuadecuc ticks all the boxes while transcending them in a very strange fashion.

The Untamed (18) | Home Ents Review

Emotional domestic drama meets tentacled sex horror flick – that doesn’t happen often, does it?

The Viceroy’s House (12A) | Home Ents Review

Not being an expert on the history of India and what led up to partition in 1947, it is difficult for me to comment on the accuracy or otherwise of the events depicted in this film

The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (U) | Home Ents Review

Retro-future space age fantasy meets retro-18th century legend in this gentle gem of a film

Westfront 1918/ Kameradschaft (PG) | Home Ents Review

Pabst’s earthy war film is a devastating watch, seeming to come from a time before war films were recast in terms of heroes, heroism and visual clichés.

Stalker (PG) | Home Ents Review

The Criterion Collection has satiated cinephiliac desires once again – this superb version of the legendary anti-sci-fi film wipes previous desultory versions, both recent cinema and HE releases, off planet.

J’accuse (12) | Home Ents Review

If it wasn’t for the rather wonderful apocalyptic and phantasmagoric ending, Gance’s re-purposing/ remake of his own 1919 war epic would be of interest only to students of the Popular Front period in western Europe in the late 1930s.

Marriage Italian Style (15) | Home Ents Review

Classic rom com featuring three of the greats of golden age Italian cinema. The arm-waving and other histrionics can’t hide a flatness behind some of the proceedings, but the battle of the sexes really revs up a gear in the last hour.

Liberation Day (E) | Home Ents Review

An intriguing glimpse inside one of the most enigmatic countries in the world; and inside of one of the most provocative of all rock bands, as they reach their fourth decade in business.

The Taisho Trilogy (15) | Home Ents Review

Oneiric, uncanny and disconcertingly weird, these three later films from the legendary director of ultra-slick 60s gangster film Branded to Kill act on you like too long in a flotation tank.

Boccaccio ‘70 (12) | Home Ents Review

Brilliant icons of classic Italian cinema – both film stars and directors – make these four stories about very different kinds of women a sort of extended cinematic climax. The whole film quivers with intensity and extreme colouration and wonderful performances from the female leads.

MCLAREN – First Official Clip

The inspirational documentary account of one man’s pioneering spirit, unswerving tenacity and endless passion,McLaren is the untold story of a motor racing icon, directed by Roger Donaldson (Thirteen Days, The World’s Fastest Indian). 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – the first trailer

The first trailer for The Last Jedi has been released

The Hatton Garden Job: ‘Easter Weekend’ Clip

An all-star cast prove that there really is life to be found in some old dogs as the real-life heist of the century becomes the most anticipated British film of the year when THE HATTON GARDEN JOB arrives in cinemas from April 14th, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

Park Circus to release American gothic horror ‘The Eyes Of My Mother’

Park Circus has today announced that it will release the critically acclaimed American gothic horror THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, directed by Nicolas Pesce, in UK cinemas on 24 March 2017.

Trailer: Elle

ELLE, directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, is set for release across the UK on 10 March 2017.

Trailer: The Hatton Garden Job

The first teaser trailer for The Hatton Garden Job, which depicts the eight men responsible for the infamous Hatton Garden heist and charts how they planned and carried out the biggest burglary in British history.

Swallows & Amazons – Clip starring Harry Enfield

There’s just a few days until Swallows And Amazons is released in UK cinemas on August 19th, and to celebrate this final countdown take a look at this new clip from the film.

Trailer: The Idol

A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad, dreams of singing in the Cairo Opera House and for the world to hear his voice.

Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

New trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, about the unlikely heroes who unite to undertake a daring and seemingly impossible mission to steal the plans for the Death Star

New Clip From The Colony

A tense face off between Emma Watson’s character, Lena, and Michael Nyqvist as the notorious, charismatic and unflinching Paul Schäfer, leader of the German sect in Chile, Colonia Dignidad.

Trailer: Ouija: Origin of Evil

It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.

Trailer: Keeping Up With the Joneses

An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) finds it’s not easy keeping up with the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors