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Films to see at BFI’s 61st London Film Festival 2017

If you haven’t managed to get down to the BFIs 61st London Film Festival yet, there are still plenty of films to see.

The festival runs from the 4th to the 15th October 2017.

Available  feature films include those set in:

  • Congo (Félicité, Makala), Egypt (The Nile Hilton Incident, Sheikh Jackson), South Africa (The Forgiven, Five Fingers for Marseilles / Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles, Liyana, The Wound), Guinea-Bissau (Spell Reel), Mauritania (Oh, Sun! /Soleil Ô), and Zambia (I Am Not a Witch), plus (Untitled),
  • Brazil (Araby /Arábia, Good Manners /As Boas Maneiras),
  • France (Chateau /La Vie de château),
  • Italy (A Ciambra),
  • UK (Dead the Ends, The L-Shaped Room), and
  • USA (The Final Year, Last Flag Flying, Mutafukaz, Gemini, The Shape of Water, Small Town Crime, Saturday Church, G Funk).
Last Flag Flying – 9,10 Oct

Road trip reunion, w/ Laurence Fishburne

Gemini – 9,11 Oct

A crime thriller set in LA with Zoë Kravitz and Lola Kirke

The Wound – 9,10,12 Oct

Right of passage boy to man ritual worth seeing

Félicité – 9 Oct

Kinshasa singer, Félicité, must raise money for an urgent operation for her son

Spell Reel – 9 Oct

Documentary following the preservation of works by filmmakers who documented Guinea-Bissau’s war of independence from Portugal

Liyana – 9 Oct

Thandie Newton produces Liyana, a beautiful story created by children in a Swaziland orphanage. Animated by Shofela Coker

Mutafukaz – 9 Oct

Dystopian hip-hop sci-fi animation

The Final Year – 9 Oct

The Obama administration’s last year in office

Chateau (La Vie de château) – 10,13 Oct

Life around the African hair salons near Château d’Eau metro station in Paris and Charles, one of the hustlers that get clients for the hairdressers

The Shape of Water – 10,11,13 Oct

Sci-fi aquatic creature US laboratory with Octavia Spencer

Makala – 10,12 Oct

Documentary following Hard working miner and his family life

Dead the Ends – 10,15 Oct

Experimental film, a man has been sent back into the past to rescue the future. Includes the 2011 London riots

Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) – 11,12,13 Oct

Creative and subversive

Small Town Crime – 11,12,14 Oct

Former cop decides to embark on his own investigation when a woman’s body is found. Octavia Spencer plays the cop’s sister

The Nile Hilton Incident – 11,12 Oct

A woman is found murdered in Cairo’s Nile Hilton Hotel

Untitled – 11,13 Oct

Journeying through the nature of labour in Africa, the Balkans and Italy, Michael Glawogger’s unfinished documentary

Sheikh Jackson – 12 Oct

Islamist preacher experiences a crisis of faith following the death of Michael Jackson

I Am Not a Witch – 12,14,15 Oct

Rungano Nyoni’s, I am Not  Witch, where Shula must join a travelling witch camp or become a goat

Oh, Sun! (Soleil Ô) – 12,14 Oct

This 1970s film follows a West African’s experience of racism and immigration on moving to Paris to make a new life for himself

The Forgiven – 13,14,15 Oct

Forest Whitaker plays Desmond Tutu in this film about South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee

A Ciambra – 13,14 Oct

Set in Calabria in Italy, a coming of age story of Romani, Pio

Araby (Arábia) – 13,15 Oct

Teenager André’s journey through different towns and cities of Brazil

Saturday Church – 14 Oct

Musical of a young boy who wants to wear women’s clothes, struggling and finding a supportive group of friends

The L-Shaped Room – 14,15 Oct

1962, pregnant French woman moves to Notting Hill and meets a mix of other outsiders at her lodgings

G Funk – 14,15 Oct

Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Dr Dre, and Death Row Records, this is the story of hip-hops move from underground to global

Five Fingers for Marseilles (Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles) – 15 Oct

A western styled film where Five young friends decide to defend their town, 20 years later, things have changed


Also, you can catch short films in the following short film strands:



Straight Outta Compton – The Story of N.W.A. (15)

Director: F. Gary Gray

Producers: Tomica Woods-Wright, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre | (The writers worked with Tomica Woods-Wright, who was Eazy E’s wife.)

Cast: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Paul Giamatti, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture.

In the mid-late 80s, ‘Gangsta’ Rap was not my thing. Thanks to my brother and the pirates, I’d been fine-tuned on Hip Hop, British Soul, Rare Grooves, Jazz Funk and American House and Garage. So I knew very little about NWA. But when I received the invite to see the film, ‘Straight Outta Compton’, I cancelled my plans, sent my apologies and was in there like a shot

‘Why?’ you might ask? Well, one of my favourite kinds of film, is a film with a music theme! Doesn’t matter the music genre, the person, the group, or the circumstance – I find them enlightening, and inspiring, and it was no different with this film.

Straight Outta Compton is NWAs story, from foundation to current day, with Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Arabian Prince, The D.O.C., DJ Yella and MC Ren. You see how they started, their first record, and manager Jerry Heller. You hear the tracks, and see the live shows, and portrayals of Suge Knight, Tupac, and Snopp Dogg.

I believed that I didn’t know NWA tracks at the start of the film, that I hadn’t really heard that many NWA tracks, I mean, I was an original hip hop girl. I moved, I changed, but original it was all about hip hop from the early 80s, but NWA? I’d missed that ship! I was wrong! I knew so many of the tracks, and it was a boon to hear them and make the connections.

There is not a dull moment in this film. Excellent acting, laughter, lyrics and tears! Yes, the film even had me crying – next level bawling…if I’m going to cry in the cinema, I like to keep it silent, no sound, just tears, but with this film, a sound escaped… that level of bawling! I left the cinema on a high! I felt blessed. I know I’m totally biased about music films, but this I enjoyed, I just enjoyed it right down to my toes. By that I mean, I loved every bit of it! I couldn’t recommend it high enough. This is worth seeing, a film you could watch again and again.

But remember, this is a film BASED on their story, it’s NOT a documentary. I’ll leave the required pinch of salt below. 😉 #YaHearMe

Out: Friday 28th August 2015

Ps. I loved this BBC Radio 4 Profile on Dr Dre.