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Sara Bivigou


Sara Bivigou is a writer and acting teacher from London. She writes about British cinema, actor's faces, race, gender and all sorts of other things she can't control on her blog notgoing. Sara is using her corner of the Huffington Post UK to write British Film Appreciation, she will be appraising old works and tussling with the new.

British Film Appreciation: Attack The Block (2011)

Watching black boys from London as protagonists made me giddy with joy, made me a black girl from London feel recognised, less invisible in the wider world. I don't know much about the actors that played the teenagers but their mannerisms and accents were convincing. Even in dealing with the film's drug dealing sublot which felt superflous - empty, weighty and simplistic - they were earnest enough.
14/09/2011 11:40 BST

British Film Appreciation: All Night Long (1962)

<em>All Night Long</em> (1962) is an exception, a film I can't just turn up to. At the weekend I began watching it in jeans and a t-shirt but felt so slobbish that halfway through I paused and changed into a dress. (This wasn't sufficient but it was better.) One must prepare to watch <em>All Night Long</em>, it is an invitation to a party. You should attend in high spirits, your back straight, head held up.
19/08/2011 19:44 BST

British Film Appreciation: Pressure (1975)

<em>Pressure</em> (1975) is spread out over the course of a few days but Tony's experiences are so stacked, he shuffles unthinkingly from one incident to the next, it's as if everything is happening on one verrrrrrrry long day.
28/07/2011 13:10 BST

British Film Appreciation: Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)

<em>Saturday Night and Sunday Morning</em>'s infamous line is <em>"Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not"</em>. This is a sentiment we are all well versed in. I once said it to a PE teacher who chastised me for being 'boring and slow'. You said it to your parents as a temperamental teen. Or to a friend who called you names for liking the wrong things.
21/07/2011 10:19 BST

Why 1965's 'Darling' Still Makes Me Smile

Darling is not a role model but a regular model, the Honeyglow girl with warm eyes and a calm smile, the rest of her bubbles with recklessness. She is too aimless to be someone to look up to, her ambition is ambition itself. Darling is Diana Scott. You can see how well her nickname fits in her first scene, she crosses a London road, swinging her handbag, careless and carefree and then she smiles and her face beams, radiates new light.
14/07/2011 10:19 BST