London Film Festival opens tomorrow with the European premiere of Paul Greengrass’ Somali pirates thriller ‘Captain Phillips’, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. In keeping with London’s reputation for screening many of the best features from the year’s festival circuit, the winners from 2013’s Berlin, Cannes and Venice (‘Child’s Pose’, ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, ‘Sacro Gra’) all receive UK premieres. But it has also attracted the festival’s usual range of potentially interesting world premieres from fringe filmmakers, including the latest features from Paul Kelly and Rob Brown. Chika Anadu’s debut feature, ‘B For Boy’, has already attracted a buzz ahead of its world premiere on Sunday.
Selected world premieres:
B For Boy, Chika Anadu (Nigeria)
Chika Anadu participated in the Cinefondation Residency programme at Cannes Film Festival and developed a script for her debut feature, ‘B For Boy’. Tackling a serious social issue in her native Nigeria, a married woman makes extraordinary efforts to conceal that she cannot provide her husband with a son. The pre-festival buzz suggests that there may be an eye catching performance from newcomer, Uche Nwadili, in the lead role.
Blackwood, Adam Wimpenny (UK)
Adam Wimpenny makes his belated feature debut with a supernatural thriller, ‘Blackwood’, after a career in TV, principally making light entertainment shows. Ed Stoppard plays a history professor who encounters strange visions after moving to the country when recovering from a traumatic breakdown. Wimpenny, who was one of Screen’s 2011 Stars of Tomorrow, has already made his mark on the festival circuit with his short film, ‘Roar’, which picked up the best screenplay prize at Rhode Island.
The Do Gooders, Chloe Ruthven (UK)
Documentary filmmaker, Chloe Ruthven, returns to her native Palestine and explores the thorny subject of foreign aid to the area. The film’s title, ‘The Do Gooders’ provides an indication of its likely direction.
Eliza Lynch – Queen Of Paraguay, Alan Gilsenan (Ireland)
Alan Gilsenan’s intriguing latest documentary explores Brazil’s and Paraguay’s opposing accounts of Eliza Lynch following an 1870 war between the countries. Based on Michael Lillis’ and Ronan Fanning’s book on the subject, ‘The Lives of Eliza Lynch’, there is huge scope for Gilsenan to explore history as a national construct. Maria Doyle plays Lynch in re-enactments.
Fandry, Nagraj Manjule (India)
Nagraj Manjule’s first feature, ‘Fandry’, takes a potentially intriguing look at the Indian caste system through the eyes of a poverty stricken school boy, whose ambitions cause complications at both ends of the scale. As is often the way with any class division, his own family opposes social mobility in a dogged defence of the status quo.
Gone Too Far!, Destiny Ekaragha (UK)
Malachi Kirby and O.C. Ukeje play two brothers, who meet for the first time and find it difficult to understand each others’ cultures having lived in different continents. It is Destiny Ekaragha’s debut feature following three shorts, including ‘Tight Jeans’, which screened at the London Film Festival five years ago.
How We Used To Live, Paul Kelly (UK)
Documentary filmmaker, Paul Kelly, returns with his latest impressionistic take on London, ‘How We Used To Live’. The title provides a pointer to the film’s tone with Kelly raiding the BFI National Archive for footage of the postwar years.
The Last Impresario, Gracie Otto (Australia)
Gracie Otto makes her feature debut with a documentary portrait of the legendary promoter, Michael White, who is probably best known in the film world for producing ‘Monty Python’s The Holy Grail’ and ‘The Rocky Horror Show’ but has made his name more for countless stage productions, including the 1978 West End version of ‘Annie’. White has also established a reputation as a wild party animal and shows no sign of slowing down in his eighties. John Waters and Barry Humphries are amongst the contributions.
Leave To Remain, Bruce Goodison (UK)
Bruce Goodison switches from TV to the big screen for his intriguing ‘Leave To Remain’, a drama firmly rooted in reality. Three real life asylum seekers star in an immigration drama portraying life for teenagers stranded in an alien country without their parents. Goodison is best known for his documentary, ‘SAS: Iranian Embassy Siege’, which received a BAFTA Flaherty TV Documentary nomination.
Love Me Till Monday, Justin Hardy (UK)
Experienced TV filmmaker, Justin Hardy, who received a Primetime Emmy Award for ‘The Last Dragon’, returns to the London Film Festival with his latest feature, ‘Love Me Till Monday’. Georgia Maguire plays a twenty something looking to overcome the tedium of daily suburban life after graduating from university.
Sixteen, Rob Brown (UK)
Rob Brown made six shorts, including ‘Silent Things’, which picked up the New Arrivals Award at Rotterdam, before directing his first feature, ‘Magic Hour 3’. His follow-up, ‘Sixteen’, has a former African child soldier looking to make a new life in London but getting caught in another violent situation against his will.
Sniffer, Buddhadeb Dasgupta (India)
Veteran Bengali filmmaker, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, is still going strong, making three features in as many years. The last of three, ‘Sniffer’, has Nawazuddin Siddiqui (‘Talaash’, ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’) playing a ponderous private detective, who seems at odds with traditional culture and modern society. Dasgupta, a familiar filmmaker on the festival circuit, won a special director’s award for ‘Uttara’ at the Venice International Film Festival during 2000.
Sx_Tape, Bernard Rose (US)
Versatile filmmaker, Bernard Rose, returns to the horror genre for his low budget latest feature, ‘Sx_Tape’, starring Caitlyn Folley, Diana Garcia and Ian Duncan. Two couples discover that there is more than meets the eye to an abandoned hospital but the conventional sounding plot should prove deceptive.
Vara: A Blessing, Khyentse Norbu (Hong Kong)
Bhutanese filmmaker, Khyentse Norbu, has adapted Sunil Gangopadhyay’s short story, ‘Blood and Tears’ for his first film in ten years. Set within Norbu’s neighbouring India, Shahana Goswam, recently seen in ‘Midnight’s Children’, plays a model who has an illicit romance with a sculptor. Norbu’s last feature, ‘Travellers and Magicians’ won the emerging director’s award at the Asian American International Film Festival.generic cialis from canada cheap cialis pills online cost for cialis cialis for sale canada
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