Interview: Paddy Considine

We chat to the Tyrannosaur director about moving behind the camera and making a masterpiece.

12 Double-Bills You Should See at the LFF

Forget the two servings of Clooney and the naked Fassbender sandwich. Here are 12 double-bills you should see at the London Film Festival 2011


It makes Mike Leigh and Ken Loach look like the Chuckle Brothers. Brilliant, beautiful stuff.

Midnight in Paris

A charming piece full of nostalgia, wit and (most importantly) laughs.

Johnny English Reborn

It's lazy and obvious - but at least it's better than Quantum of Solace.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Pray they leave the lights on during the film.

How to Stop the End of the World

If you were affected by the issues raised in Melancholia, here's a guide to avoiding the apocalypse.

Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Blooming Marvellous


10% cars, 20% Carey Mulligan and 70% Ryan Gosling smiling slowly, Drive is 100% awesome.


A heavyweight drama, Warrior is obvious, but undeniably moving. It's a hard slog, but it's worth it.

BlogalongaBond: The Man with the Golden Gun

Or, How to Ruin a Really Good Bond Book


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Grieving Oona (Bridget Collins) returns to her late mother's house in a quiet coastal village. Sorting through old possessions and cleaning the mould from the floorboards, she finds Mani (Adeel Akhtar) kipping on the living room floor. So she does what we all do with homeless people: invites him to live in her shed.

It's a small gesture in a film about small gestures. As Oona and the outsider begin to grow on each other, directors Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal let the camera linger on tiny details. Oona's eyes. Manny's beard. A beetle crawling up a stick in the garden.

Of course, no-one talks very much. "How long have you been homeless?" asks Oona. Mani says nothing and stares straight ahead. Only later do we get a glimpse of his back story (and his own fading parent figure) as the dialogue starts to flow across the social divide between them.

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After the success of our recommended 10 films you should see at Raindance Film Festival 2011 (and you've obviously seen/are going to see all of those, RIGHT?) we've run around the Apollo West End like crazy people and seen a variety of interesting, odd and wonderful stuff.

We also missed a lot of movies off our first list of suggestions, but all is not lost: there are still a few days of Raindance premieres to go.

So now we've had enough time to plan our final weekend of festival goodness, here are five more films you should try to catch before Raindance Film Festival 2011 ends.

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Director: Craig Viveiros
Cast: John Lynch, Craig Parkinson, Martin Compston
Certificate: 15

Do you remember the good old days, back when Porridge was on? Prison used to be a happy place. Full of laughter and comical misunderstandings. That’s all gone. Now it’s about innocent boys, corrupt screws and sweaty shower confrontations. All that gritty prison stuff that Un Prophete did so well. Of course, Ghosted is full of it. It's good stuff, but you wish Ronnie Barker would turn up and make a joke about women's naughty bits.

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The King's Speech swept the BAFTAs last night, in a largely predictable run of results that saw Tom Hooper's drama take home seven awards - surprise, surprise.

The British movie's haul began as Alexandre Desplat bumped Hans Zimmer off the favourite spot to nab Best Original Music. The deluge continued from there, with Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush all picking up gongs, the latter upsetting predicted contender Christian Bale - proof once and for all that Bow Ties are better than Crack Addicts.

Other pleasant surprises saw David Fincher claim Best Director for The Social Network (an award that I saw heading Tom Hooper's way), while Fincher's Facebook movie continued to pick up another two awards: Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing. And yes, Aaron Sorkin's speech was typically brilliant.

Inception also took home three golden masks, each for technical categories, while Natalie Portman nailed Black Swan's only gong and Roger Deakins deservedly won Best Cinematography for True Grit - a film which will fare far stronger on its home turf at the Oscars. Sadly, The Deaks wasn't there to collect, but that just gave Hailee Steinfeld a chance to pick up a trophy on his behalf. Aww, bless her little gun-toting cotton socks.

Meanwhile, Alice in Wonderland cemented its awards status in Make-Up and Costume departments (that's the BAFTA Award-winning Alice in Wonderland to you), Toy Story 3 inevitably dominated Best Animated Film. The remaining prizes went to Four Lions - Best Debut Director for the absent Chris Morris - and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which deservedly walked home with Best Foreign Film.

And then, just to top things off, The King's Speech grabbed Outstanding British Film to boot. In case we hadn't got the hint already. And yet, for all the complaints of the BAFTAs being too obvious this year, it was hard to whine when Colin Firth took to the stage to and outdid last year's infamous Fridge Man Speech (when he won for A Single Man).

The only highlight that rivalled that was Rosamund Pike failing to read an autocue and opening her awards envelope before she'd even announced the nominees. If she doesn't host the BAFTAs next year, I'll be very disappointed.

Read on for the full list of winners - including Christopher Lee and Harry Potter.

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What's that? You want another list of the Top Films of 2010? Well, I'm too indecisive to only pick 10, so I've widened my selection to include the best 15 films of the year (with five honourable mentions at the bottom).

If you missed any of these, then well done - you have a life. You also successfully disqualified yourself from disagreeing with me. Ha. So if you want to complain about what I put top of the pile, go get Greenberg on DVD. Or at least watch Kick-Ass a minumum of three times. Then we'll talk. Although by then it'll probably be 2011, and all of these films will be long forgotten...

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This week's most affordable way to watch high quality films at home like a poor person.



£8.60. Sorted.



Director: Chris Morris
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar, Kayvan Novak, Arsher Ali, Nigel Lindsay
Certificate: 15

"Can I have 12 bottles of bleach please?" You'd expect something a little more offensive from a Chris Morris film about terrorism. But as the feckless Fessel (Akhtar) reveals his strategy for acquiring flammable liquids, he's anything but offensive. He's actually quite nice. Four Lions, the directorial debut from the man behind The Day Today and the controversial Brass Eye, plays out as a likeable and conventional buddy comedy. But that makes it even more incendiary.

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Chris Morris' controversial new comedy is currently storming its way through Sundance. But for us over here is a chance to catch a quick glimpse of the potentially inspired Jihadist satire.

Following The Day Today, Blue Jam and, of course, Brass Eye is no mean feat - especially if you want to offend as many people as possible. But hey, judging from these few minutes of hilarity, Chris Morris has done it again.

The titular quartet are a cell of incompetent terrorists planning a large domestic attack. For this, they need bleach. Cue a bizarrely brilliant discussion as to how best to buy it inconspicuously from the corner shop. So keep reading, start watching and run away telling people all about it.

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