Released in UK cinemas this Friday, Battle Of The Sexes is the story of two public figures – tennis...
Not quite a smash ….. This was the tennis match that hit the headlines in 1973 – no Grand...
A captivating and compelling snapshot of a boy on the brink of discovery. With the awards success of last year’s Moonlight, and other high profile films such as Call Me By Your Name also featuring in this year’s London Film Festival line-up, LGBTQ+ films are gradually becoming more and... Read more
One of the highlights of this year’s festival, Abracadabra is a constant delight, a joyous rollercoaster ride that demands to be seen. Pablo Berger is no stranger to surprising his audience: his second film, Blancanieves, turned the story of Snow White into a silent epic with a matador backdrop.... Read more
Shades of Spirited Away in this sumptuous Chinese animated film. Whilst Japan, and in particular Studio Ghibli is the big hitter in Asian animation, the Chinese animated films should never be counted out, and Big Fish & Begonia (original title: Da Yu Hai Tang) proves to be every bit... Read more
Haunting, uncompromising, and strangely life-affirming, this documentary about those at the end of their lives is not to be missed. On a foggy day, a ferry comes slowly into focus. It is headed to the Isle of Wight, a short journey from mainland Britain. Here, Steven Eastwood’s documentary Island... Read more
Bittersweet love story which fails to leave a lasting taste. In 2015’s Brooklyn, Irish born actress Saoirse Ronan was truly magnificent and 2017 sees her star in another romantic drama, this time in On Chesil Beach; an adaptation of the Ian McEwan novella of the same name. At only... Read more
Up close and personal with the former President Obama in this powerful and stirring documentary. Samantha Power, United States Ambassador to the United Nations sits in a room with assembled notable political women, her children, and other friends. With a selection of crudités out in front of them there... Read more
Inspirational opener for LFF 2017 In recent years, the London Film Festival has established a trend for opening with a worthy, issue-based film. The Imitation Game (2014), Suffragette (2015) and A United Kingdom (2016) are followed this year by Andy Serkis’ first released feature, Breathe, one which flies... Read more
Ice cold Russian drama Director Andrey Zvyagintsev continues his dissection of Russian society and its shortcomings at this year’s LFF. His previous feature, Leviathan, was an acerbic indictment of political corruption at all levels and won the festival’s Best Film award in 2014. His new offering, Loveless, takes... Read more
One of the year’s most impressive blockbusters. It’s been a long time coming for Wonder Woman to finally her long overdue transformation from page to the big screen and now, in 2017, it has finally happened, with Gal Gadot taking on leading lady duties for Patty Jenkins’ entry into... Read more
Coen Brothers classic shows no signs of ageing The world-weary drawl of M Emmet Walsh and the line “The world is full is complainers” heralded the arrival of the most influential double act of modern cinema. It was 1982 and nobody had heard of Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Read more
The power of imagination and storytelling, wonderfully realised in this documentary-animation hybrid. It might be a little too early to make a call on the best documentary at this year’s Oscars, but based on this debut film from Aaron & Amanda Kopp, you might just want to put an... Read more
One Boy And His Horse After the critical success of 45 Years, huge anticipation surrounded Andrew Haigh’s next project. Lean On Pete arrives at the London Film Festival complete with a head of steam from Venice, where its star Charlie Plummer won the award for best young actor... Read more