Author: Katie Smith-Wong

LFF 2016 – Nocturnal Animals (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Nocturnal Animals (2016)

In 2009, fashion designer Tom Ford forayed into the filmmaking industry by writing and directing Oscar-nominee A Single Man. A self-financed production, Ford gained critical acclaim from critics and gave Firth the opportunity to shine as a lead actor.  Seven years later, Ford returns to the director’s chair to adapt a novel by […]

LFF 2016 – Lady Macbeth (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Lady Macbeth (2016)

Published in 1865, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District is a Russian novel by Nikolai Leskov. It inspired an opera and a 1962 film directed by Andrzej Wajda, who recently passed away due to respiratory failure. It is now the inspiration of William Oldroyd’s debut directorial feature, with British rising […]

LFF 2016 – Lion (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Lion (2016)

Saroo Brierley was only a child when he became lost in India. Accidentally transported 1,000 miles from home, he was eventually adopted by an Australian couple. 25 years later, he made headlines worldwide after using Google Earth to locate his home town and reunite with his mother.  Now, his book […]

LFF 2016 – Prevenge (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Prevenge (2016)

Pregnancy can screw some people up. It can cause worry, abandonment and all-round trauma. However, the debut directorial film by Sightseers actress Alice Lowe shows that being pregnant can, quite simply, make you want to kill someone. Prevenge follows heavily pregnant Ruth (Lowe), who goes on a murdering spree to avenge […]

LFF 2016 – Ethel & Ernest (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Ethel & Ernest (2016)

Ethel & Ernest is an animated film adapted from the graphic novel by The Snowman creator Raymond Briggs. Based on his parents’ lives, the story recounts the relationship between housemaid Ethel (voiced by Brenda Blethyn) and working-class milkman Ernest (Jim Broadbent) from 1920s London to their deaths in 1971. Directed by fellow animator […]

LFF 2016 – The Birth of a Nation (2016)
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LFF 2016 – The Birth of a Nation (2016)

Earlier this year, Nate Parker’s debut directorial film broke the record for the most paid for a Sundance Film Festival production, which exceeded Little Miss Sunshine’s record in 2006.  It also won the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize in the US Dramatic Competition category. However, in a spectacular fall […]

LFF 2016 – Arrival (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Arrival (2016)

When most people think of alien films, it feels like the default genre is sci-fi action, where the action hero fight against the extraterrestrial species before they take over the Earth. But thanks to a short story by Ted Chiang and Sicario director Denis Villeneuve, alien intelligence is the new […]

LFF 2016 – Paterson (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Paterson (2016)

Three years after vampire film Only Lovers Left Alive, American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch returns to the big screen, with Adam Driver in his most engaging performance to date. Paterson follows bus driver and poet Paterson (Driver) during a week in his life in Paterson, New Jersey, which comprises work and […]

LFF 2016 – Bleed For This (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Bleed For This (2016)

In the early 80s’ American boxer Vinny Paz was forced to relinquish his newly won junior middleweight world title after a car accident broke his neck. During his recovery, he defied the doctors’ orders and underwent a rigorous workout regime to get back into the ring.  Now, Boiler Room and […]

LFF 2016 – Queen of Katwe (2016)
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LFF 2016 – Queen of Katwe (2016)

In 2012, American author Tim Crowthers wrote a book about Phiona Mutesi, a girl from the Ugandan slum of Katwe when she started to play chess through an after-school programme.  She quickly became a top player and one of the first titled female players in Ugandan chess history. Four years after […]