London Film Festival 2012 (10-21 October)

October 21st, 2012 - Graham Eley

World Premieres

 

 

Dramatic features:

 

 

Blood

Nick Murphy

 

Nick Murphy made his name in TV before last year’s debut feature, ‘The Awakening’, which went on to win three awards at specialist film festivals.  He now returns with a remake of a BBC TV cop series where he faces the challenge of remodelling the small screen aesthetic.  Starring Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham, two macho old school police offices learn the dangers of playing judge and jury when they cross the ethical line.

 

 

Chakravyuh

Prakash Jha

 

Experienced filmmaker, Prakash Jha, (Gangaajal, Apaharan), a graduate of the Indian Film & Television Institute, returns with the political thriller, ‘Chakravyuh’.  Starring Arjun Rampal and Abhay Deol, police action against an extreme left-wing faction becomes morally complex when the full facts come to light.  Its world premiere receives a special gala screening.

 

 

I’m Going To Change My Mind

Maria Saakyan

 

It is six years since Maria Saakyan’s feature debut, ‘The Lighthouse’, a personal take on the 1990’s Caucasus wars in the mode of Tarkovsky.  The Armenian filmmaker now returns with her follow-up, ‘I’m Going To Change My Mind’, which combines social networks, poetry and cinematic imagery in the portrayal of a 14-year old girl facing a complex domestic arrangement.  TorinoFilmLab Development selected the script for participation in its 2009 programme.

 

 

‘Kelly and Victor

Kieran Evans

 

Kieran Evans, who has two documentaries, ‘Vashti Bunyan: From Here to Before’ and ‘Finisterre’ to his name, makes his dramatic feature debut with ‘Kelly and Victor’.  Based on Niall Griffiths’ novel of the same name, sexual obsession dominates a passionate love affair set against the bleak townscape of parts of Liverpool.  Antonia Campbell-Hughes, (Albert Nobbs, Bright Star) and Julian Morris (Cry Wolf, Donkey Punch) lead the cast.

 

 

Spike Island

Mat Whitecross

 

Mat Whitecross, best known for co-directing ‘The Road to Guantanamo’ with Michael Winterbottom, returns to the music scene where he has made videos for Coldplay and the engaging feature biopic of Ian Dury, ‘Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll’.  This time around, his drama takes us to the other end of the spectrum where five members of a struggling band stop at almost nothing to see Stone Roses in their most important concert.  Actor, Chris Coghill, wrote the script.

 

 

Documentaries

 

 

Crossfire Hurricane

Brett Morgan

 

Brett Morgan’s keenly awaited Rolling Stones doc, ‘Crossfire Hurricane’, receives it world premiere with a gala screening.  A combination of extensive unseen and rare footage and new commentaries from band members potentially sets it apart from previous attempts to chronicle the extraordinary history of one of the all-time greatest bands, who are currently enjoying their 50th anniversary.  Morgan remains best known for ‘On The Ropes’, which won a special jury prize at Sundance and received an Academy Award nomination 13 years ago.

 

 

For No Good Reason

Charlie Paul

 

Best known for his satirical illustrations to Hunter S Thompson’s writing, Ralph Steadman made an invaluable contribution to Gonzo journalism and its gritty assault on US’s political establishment.  Now, Charlie Paul’s feature documentary, ‘For No Good Reason’, shot over 15 years, offers a potentially invaluable insight into Steadman and his working practices.  An impressive list of contributors include Jonny Depp, Terry Gilliam and Richard E Grant.

 

 

The Road: A Story Of Life And Death

Marc Isaacs

 

The latest feature documentary from Marc Isaacs, ‘The Road: A Story Of Life And Death’, takes a sideways glance at multiculturalism in 21st century Britain.  Employing a novel sampling device, Isaacs uses random encounters along one of Britain’s longest roads to explore the lives of those who have migrated from overseas in very different circumstances.  Isaacs has made six documentaries during the last decade, primarily for screening on TV.

 

 

The Summit

Nick Ryan

 

Four years ago, an expedition of 22 international climbers reached the final camp before the summit of the notoriously dangerous K2 mountain.  Forty eight hours later, half of the party were dead following the most shocking mountaineering accident in recent history.  Nick Ryan now employs a variety of documentary narrative devices, in the tradition of Kevin MacDonald, to piece together the tragedy and the terrible moral dilemmas that the team faced in the fight for survival.  With experienced documentary writer, Mark Monroe (‘The Cove’, ‘The Tillman Story’), and one of the world’s finest cinematographers,  Robbie Ryan, on board, this feature documentary is already attracting a buzz ahead of its world premiere.

 

 

Turned Towards The Sun

Greg Olliver

 

Four years in the making, Greg Olliver (‘Lemmy’) turns his attention to the controversial poet and writer, Mark Burns, for his second feature documentary, ‘Turned Towards The Sun’.  A man of extremes, Burns flirted with Fascism en route to being a committed Marxist, a prisoner of war in Colditz and the lover of Soviet spy, Guy Burgess.  He died in 2010, just two years short of his 100th birthday.

 

 

Village At The End Of The World

Sarah Gavron

 

After her successful debut adapting Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel ‘Brick Lane’, Sarah Gavron turns to the documentary form for her keenly awaited second feature, ‘Village At The End Of The World’.  In an exploration of human remoteness, Gavron filmed a tiny community in Northern Greenland where the traditions of the past and uncertainties of the future provide the backdrop to a multitude of social and individual micro dramas.  David Katznelson, best known for ‘Downton Abbey’, provides the cinematography.doxycycline costdoxycycline genericdoxycycline genericbuy doxycycline ukbuy doxycycline ukorder doxycyclinedoxycycline buy

Main competition:

 

Rust and Bone
Jacques Audiard

 

First Feature Competition:

 

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin

 

Documentary Competition:

 

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
Alex Gibney

 

Best British Newcomer:

 

Sally El Hosaini – director/screenwriter My Brother the Devil

Main competition

 

European premieres:
·        Michael Winterbottom’s  EVERYDAY
·        Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa
·        Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children
·        Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths

UK premieres:
·        Michel Franco’s After Lucia
·        David Ayer’s End of Watch
·        Rama  Burshtein’s Fill the Void
·        Daniele Ciprì’s It Was the Son
·        François Ozon’s In the House
·        Cate Shortland’s Lore
·        Pablo Larraín’s No
·        Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone

 

First Feature Competition

 

European premieres:
·        Masaaki Akahori’s The Samurai that Night
·        Anand Gandhi’s Ship of Theseus
·        Barry Berk’s Sleeper’s Wake

UK premieres:
·        Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild
·        Tom Shkolnik’s The Comedian
·        Maja Miloš’ Clip
·        Gabriela Pichler’s Eat Sleep Die
·        Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil
·        Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds
·        Scott Graham’s Shell
·        Andrey Gryazev’s Tomorrow
·        Haifaa Al Mansour’s Wadjda

 

Documentary Competition:

 

World Premieres:
·        Charlie Paul’s For No Good Reason
·        Nick Ryan’s The Summit
·        Sarah Gavron’s Village at the End of the World
·        Greg Olliver’s Turned Towards the Sun

International Premiere:
·        Sébastien Lifshitz’s Les Invisibles

European Premieres:
·        Jay Bulger’s Beware of Mr Baker
·        Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners
·        Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
·        Amy Berg’s West of Memphis

UK Premieres:
·        Katja Gauriloff’s Canned Dreams
·        Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns’ The Central Park Five
·        Ulises Rosell’s The Ethnographer

 

Best British Newcomer

 

Nominees:

1.    Rowan Athale – director/screenwriter Wasteland
2.    Sally El Hosaini – director/screenwriter My Brother the Devil
3.    Fady Elsayed – actor My Brother the Devil
4.    Scott Graham – director/screenwriter Shell
5.    Eloise Laurence – actor Broken
6.    Rufus Norris – director Broken
7.    Chloe Pirrie – actor Shell
8.    Tom Shkolnik – director/screenwriter The Comedian

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