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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:



FILM THIS WEEK: Friday 30th May 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

Friday 30th May 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (3D) (12A)

‘Edge of Tomorrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.

Scene after scene is repeated, but don’t think too hard, and enjoy as Cage and Rita (Emily Blunt) unravel the clues in attempt, after attempt, after attempt to beat their enemy. It has: alien fighting, a hint of romance, Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham, scenes in London and France, and a wicked touch of humour running through it.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage
Lt. Col. Bill Cage


The film is based on, ‘All You Need Is Kill’, a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Cage changes from smooth PR man to fearful, naïve rookie soldier, to hardened fighting man. I queried why a few things didn’t add up, and had the word ‘paradox’ thrown at me. I’ve taken this to mean, “It’s good enough to get away with it”, and it is! As I said, don’t think too hard, just enjoy and watch as Cage dies over and over again. I left, smiling and slightly revved! 😉  Rated: 4½ –  ✩ ✯ ✰☆½

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Lara Pulver, Jeremy Piven, Charlotte Riley


A Million Ways To Die In The West (15)

After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love.  But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.

Million ways 1If you like a spoof-ish, slapstick, kinda movie, then this is the one for you.  I don’t! The jokes were cheap, and silly. Some were worthy of a laugh, and I did laugh, but most of the time, in between my yawns, I was thinking, ‘Really?’ One particular scenes sticks in my mind, a man gets rammed and carried off on the horns of a bull – I looked to my left, I looked to my right, and then I laughed, a laugh of, ‘What the hell is this?’

Still, I’m sure it’s just my particular proclivities to dislike easy jokes and cheap shots – most of the rest of the audience were laughing, laughing at every joke!

I admit to being a bit slow sometimes, and it didn’t click until the next day that the lead actor (also Director, Producer, and co-writer) was the very same Seth MacFarlane who presented the 2013 Oscars… and the jokes haven’t got much better! I’ve knocked off half a point for the slave joke! Rated: 1½ –  ✮½

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris


Other films this week:  Friday 30 May 2014

•    For No Good Reason (showing in London only) Johnny Depp explores, through interviews, the stories and images, the art and life, of British artist, Ralph Steadman. Director: Charlie Paul. Starring: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman
Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman

for no good reason2

•    Downhill (15) – Four old friends, 192 miles, what could possibly go wrong? Director: James Rouse. Starring: Richard Lumsden, Karl Theobald, Ned Dennehy, Jeremy Swift
•    Jimmy’s Hall (12A) – Period-drama set in 1921 telling the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton who was deported from Ireland after building a dance hall on a rural crossroad, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun. Director: Ken Loach. Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott

Jimmy's Hall
Jimmy’s Hall

•    Mariachi Gringo – A stifled, small-town man stuck in a dead end life, runs away to Mexico to be a mariachi singer. Director: Tom Gustafson. Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Martha Higareda, Lila Downs
•    Mr. Jones – Mr. Jones is ‘Cabin in the Woods’ meets ‘Jacobs Ladder’; a terrifying nightmare that’s so real, even daylight brings no relief. Director: Karl Meuller. Starring: Jon Foster, Sarah Jones
•    Omar (15) – A sensitive young baker who is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets when he daily crosses the separation wall to visit Nadia, his secret love. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. To prove himself to Nadia’s family, Omar becomes a freedom fighter and must soon face painful choices about life and manhood. Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Starring: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani, Samer Bisharat

Jammie x