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LFF: Glorious 39 Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 20:59
Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Cast: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Jenny Agutter, Jeremy Northam, Eddie Redmayne
Certificate: TBC

England. 1939. Hitler is advancing across Europe. The nation is on the brink of war. Unease is growing in government; Churchill is contesting Chamberlain's passive response to the rise of the Nazi Party. But for the rich family of adopted Anne (Garai), life continues as normal. Dinners, picnics, night-time soirees - there's no sign of conflict at all. Until the mysterious Mr Balcombe (Northam) turns up.

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LFF: Kaboom Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 12:52
Director: Greg Araki
Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple

"What the Jesus?" "It's nuttier than squirrel shit!" That's how young people talk in movies. You can tell because they sound cool. Smith (Dekker) is a young person. He talks like that. He sounds cool. He's also gay. And has an uber long fringe. Which of course means that he sleeps with a lot of people.

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Interview: Johnny Daukes (Acts of Godfrey) Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 10 October 2011 07:47

Acts of Godfrey is one of the most memorable films from this year's Raindance Film Festival. Maybe it's the fact that Simon Callow's in it. Maybe it's because it's written entirely in rhyming couplets. Or maybe it's because its director, Johnny Daukes, is just really talented.

Writing and directing the low-budget black comedy, Daukes got everyone talking in verse for 16 days, and then wrote the soundtrack to go with the film. When I phone him for a chat about his directorial debut, he's busy writing the press notes for the movie.

“It’s like, you know when your nan’s been round, and you finally get rid of her and then she turns up again?” says Daukes about re-reading the screenplay to pick out good quotes to go in the synopsis.

I comment that he obviously means that in a good way. Doesn't he? “Erm, not entirely!”

We go on to chat about Acts of Godfrey and what he's got planned next. Here's what he had to say about filming in a working hotel, chance and fate, and chucking buckets of water over a naked man in a car park.

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Raindance Review: Where My Heart Beats Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Sunday, 09 October 2011 06:22

"Where do you come from?" That's the question Khazar Fatemi is trying to answer. A Swedish citizen born in Iran and raised in Afghanistan, Khazar's parents fled her birthplace when they were put on a death list for dissidence. Returning to her childhood home for the first time in 20 years, she takes us on an emotional journey through a country full of voiceless victims.

It's never easy watching the stories of lives ruined by war. Walls riddled with holes and trees hit by explosions are just the physical symptoms as businesses and families suffer tragic losses at the hands of regimes and conflict. But Khazar's story gives things a personal perspective - she sees old classmates and neighbours, and returns to childhood places with a different viewpoint (literally in one bakery she visits, which has a high surface she never used to be able to see as a kid), and that heightens the emotional impact of the powerful images on screen.

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The BFI London Film Festival Toilet Quiz Print E-mail
Written by Ivan Radford   
Monday, 24 October 2011 11:29

Everyone loves toilets. Without them, the streets (and our children) would be covered in crap. And there's nothing quite like rushing to the toilet in a London Film Festival cinema and relieving yourself just before a UK premiere. But how observant are you when you're doing your business? Now you can find out with the LFF Toilet Quiz.

What do you get as a prize? Well now, if you've been following film folks on Twitter over the past couple of weeks, you will have noticed a ridiculous number of tweets about the free chocolate offered to delegates by the BFI. But looking at endless pictures of other people eating chocolate sucks. So we're going to give you the chance to win three whole bars of Green & Black's for yourself - plus one mini-chocolate bar too.

Now according to Tesco, each individual bar costs around £2.06. So together, this mind-blowing chocolatey haul is collectively worth over £6.18. SIX POUNDS AND EIGHTEEN PENCE. That's a lot of chocolate (warning: no it isn't). To get your hands on the chocolate, all you have to do is name the five LFF cinemas from the pictures of water closets below...

Email/tweet answers to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (or @iFlicks) by midnight, Friday 28th October, and the person who identifies the most toilets wins the bounty. (Note: Bounty chocolate bars are not included in the prize.)

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