London Film Festival

Why Give A Shit About Shorts?

Philip Ilson | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Philip Ilson

In January, amidst the Oscar buzz, the festival comes to life, championing future talent, offering different view-points, and reminding audiences why shorts are important. It's a chance to prove that short film is alive and kicking and in rude health, with the sheer diversity of work on show.

London Film Festival: 6 Highlights You Can Still Catch This Week

The Huffington Post | Caroline Frost | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

There are more cinema-goers than usual in our capital city this week, taking advantage of the huge variety of films, panels and events on offer at the...

LFF 2016: Why Nothing Is Sweeter Than American Honey

Ella Kemp | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ella Kemp

If Richard Linklater and Jack Kerouac had a lovechild, it would probably look something like Andrea Arnold. The director of Fish Tank and Wasp returns with an unconventional, raw and all-consuming road trip odyssey, American Honey.

Is Hip Hop And Its Fashion Dangerous? Influenced The World? 'Fresh Dressed' Reveals All!

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jasmine Dotiwala

ho is Sacha Jenkins, how did this film come about and why was it important for you to make it? What inspired it and why is it timely now?

The 12 Must-Sees At The London Film Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Entertainment

After 59 years, the BFI London Film Festival has earned itself a spot, alongside Toronto, Cannes and Sundance as one of the world's most fertile soils...

Cate Blanchett Is A Woman Infatuated In First Trailer For 'Carol'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.08.2015 | UK Entertainment

Cate Blanchett could be adding another Oscar to her collection if the fanfare around her new film 'Carol' is to be believed. The first trailer, ab...

Suffragette To Open This Year's London Film Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

This year's London Film Festival will be launched with the European premiere of 'Suffragette', starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl St...

London Film Festival 2014 Round-up: Décor, Night Bus and The Immortalists.

Peter Yeung | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The 58th London Film Festival brought us a plethora of début gems and world premières, exploring the ebbs and flows of life. Here we take a look at some of the lesser-known highlights, and the fresh perspectives that they offer.

LFF Review - Rosewater

Tom Linay | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Jon Stewart is one of the most revered television personalities in America and judging by the reception he received at the Debate Gala of his new film, Rosewater, he's held in equally as high regard this side of the Atlantic.

LFF Review - 'The Wonders' and 'A Second Chance'

Tom Linay | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Alice Rohrwacher's mood piece about a close-knit family of honey producers in the Italian countryside is a beguiling gem. 12-year-old Gelsomina is the eldest of four girls and essentially runs the farm on which they live.

LFF Review - The Imitation Game & The Mule

Tom Linay | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The Imitation Game arrives on these shores with a growing reputation and its status as the festival's opener only heightens expectations further. It tells the story of mathematician genius, Alan Turing (Cumberbatch), who is hired by the British government to crack the coded messages that the German army were supplied with every morning.

The Possibilities Are Endless

Julia Nottingham | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Julia Nottingham

The Possibilities are Endless is a film about the celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins, a songwriter (his most famous hit single is A Girl Like You), who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn's mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life and love.

Edward Snowden Film To Premiere At London Film Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

An intimate series of encounters with whistleblower Edward Snowden forms the documentary 'CitizenFour', set to make its debut at London Film Festival ...

What to Look Out for at the 58th BFI London Film Festival

Tom Linay | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Summer is over, just look outside for proof, but right around the corner to help combat those post-summer blues is the UK's premier film extravaganza, the 58th BFI London Film Festival... I've picked out a few of the key highlights so you can be first in the queue when the tickets go on sale on 18 September.

Seven Under the Radar Films You'll Be Talking About Soon

Tom Linay | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Last month I highlighted the seven big titles that are set to fill cinemas for the remainder of the year. They were huge films, each of which is likely to be thrust into the public consciousness via the sizeable marketing budgets of the respective distributors. As an alternative, here are seven titles that aren't quite of the same scale but are set to be as notable in their own right.

Nebraska Review

Tom Linay | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

I'm going to come right out and say it, Alexander Payne's Nebraska features my favourite performance of 2013 and it's not Bruce Dern as Woody, wonderful though he is. She may only be on screen for around fifteen minutes in total but June Squibb, playing Woody's long suffering wife Kate, steals every scene she's in.

A Male Child Is Still Important for Some Nigerian Women

Maria Caspani | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Caspani

Amaka is the protagonist of "B for Boy", the first feature film by Nigerian director Chika Anadu, which was screened at this year's London Film Festival. It is a courageous tale of being a woman and a mother in contemporary Nigeria and of the social pressure that is still put on women to produce a male child.

Inside Llewyn Davis and LFF Round-up

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

Inside Llewyn Davis, is a wonderfully detailed snapshot of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1962 New York, and our conduit into this world is the abrasive but talented folk singer, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).

'Short Term 12' - A Delicate Indie Gem and LFF Round-up

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It turns out that Short Term 12 is a sensitive, tender drama that deserves wider recognition. It features a handful of wonderful performances that bring characters from all sides of the story to life and what could have been dour and mawkish turns into something honest and uplifting.

Nebraska - A Brilliant Slice of Americana

Tom Linay | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

It's deliberately slow paced, which may be off-putting for some and Forte may struggle to hold his own with the stellar performances around him but Payne has delivered another original and bittersweet tale of small-town American life...

DVD Reviews -Films by Regis Roinsard and Claude Miller

Clive Botting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

With French cinema well represented in the 57th London Film Festival it's sad that many outside of the UK major cities rarely have the opportunity to view European cinema except on DVD.

Tom Hanks: Red Carpet Game Changer

Andy Law | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Andy Law

Tom Hanks walked the carpet confidently to open the BFI London Film Festival. He will also close it with his other movie in the show, Saving Mr. Banks. Hanks bestrides this Festival like a movie superstar colossus.

Review: Gravity

Simon Thompson | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

Every generation has a sci-fi film that defines it, a game changer. 2013 sees Gravity hitting cinemas and this doesn't just change the game but win the game, start another one and win that too. Gravity is nothing short of a revelation and THIS is what cinema is all about.

Captain Phillips - BFI London Film Festival Review

Tom Linay | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

The European premiere of Captain Phillips was a fantastic way to kick off the 57th BFI London Film Festival at ODEON Leicester Square last night, with many of the cast and crew in attendance, including the film's star, Tom Hanks, and British director, Paul Greengrass.

Pirates of the Miscreants: Captain Phillips Is a Rollicking Ride

Greg Wetherall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

It is 2009 and an American cargo ship is heading through international waters. Plain sailing? Not quite. This is a ship that will need to steer around the Horn of Africa, a notorious hotspot for knave Somali pirate boats. Based on a true story, director Paul Greengrass ably documents a harrowing hijacking incident of nerve-shredding terror.