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THE PARTY 7th September 2018

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A politician’s soiree quickly descends into farce in Sally Potter’s star-laden satire, a sharply observed study of love and politics . Mark Kermode, Observer film critic.
"The Party" is a richly dark social satire by Sally Potter that moves in real time in the home of uber couple Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Bill (Timothy Spall), who are hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion as Shadow Minister of Health. Bill, an acclaimed academic, however, is preoccupied and increasingly inebriated as he works through his old vinyl record collection, while Janet prepares food and takes calls from well- wishers. Guests start to arrive, and a wonderfully eclectic liberal and north London lot seem to be assembling. There is acerbic American, April (Patricia Clarkson) and her new age boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz); Martha (Cherry Jones) an academic colleague of Bill's and her much younger heavily pregnant wife, Jinny (Emily Mortimer), and then a palpitati…

JUST TO BE SURE 3rd August 2018

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Just to be Sure Julian Wood, film critic FilmInk.  Year:2017 Rating:M  Director:Carine Tardieu  Cast:François Damiens, Cecile de France, Guy Marchand, Alice de Lencquesaing Running Time:100 minutes  Erwan Gourmelon (François Damiens) is an unpretentious middle-aged man with the responsible if quirky job of clearing old wartime munitions from his town’s beaches. He is on good terms with his father (Guy Marchand) but has a slightly spikey relationship with his grown-up daughter Juliette (the wonderful Alice de Lencquesaing). One day, Erwan finds out, by accident, that the man he grew up with is not his biological father. This sets up a dilemma because he is fond of his old man but, at the same time, he now has this itch to know who his real father is/was. The film is deliberately more like a Shakespearian comedy than a French farce, but director Carine Tardieu (The Dandelions) manages to keep the many side stories and the main romance likable and interesting. There is no straining for overd…

SWEET COUNTRY 1st July 2018

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'Sweet Country makes brilliant use of the Australian outback as the setting for a hard-hitting story that satisfies as a character study as well as a sociopolitical statement. '           - Rotten Tomatoes critic consensus

''Rangy and lean as a cattle dog, Warwick Thornton’s 1920s-set tale of racial tension and rough justice in Australia’s Northern Territory is an intriguing mongrel mix of cinematic bloodlines. The most obvious influence is the western. When Indigenous Australian farm worker Sam (Hamilton Morris) is forced to shoot a drunken white landowner in self-defence, he and his wife, Lizzie, (Natassia Gorey-Furber) head out into the bush, pursued by dogged lawman Sergeant Fletcher (Bryan Brown) and a posse that includes Sam’s friend and employer, Fred Smith (Sam Neill). The “decent man forced into violence” is a stalwart of the western tradition – there’s a touch of the stoic resignation of Gregory Peck in Henry King’s The Gunfighter in Sam’s tacit resourcefulnes…

LOVING VINCENT 1st June 2018

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​ This feature-length painted animation -- the first film of its kind -- explores the life and unusual death of Vincent Van Gogh via depictions of his artworks.  Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, some violence, sexual material and smoking) Genre: Animation, Drama Directed By: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman Written By: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel
Loving Vincent is a beautiful curiosity. ​
You can't take your mind off the machinery behind it to concentrate entirely on the story that it's telling. Nonetheless, it's enthralling - an artistic biography of Vincent van Gogh which knits the life and the work together with a firmness which illuminates both.

Polish writer-director Dorota Kobiela,  and her co-director, Hugh Welchman, first filmed a live-action version then had teams of painters and animators overlay it with a rendition done in van Gogh's impasto style. A small army of oil painters from all over the world were recruited for the job and ma…

THE TEACHER 4th May 2018

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​ Since the arrival of the new teacher, Maria Drazdechova, to a Bratislava suburban school in the year of 1983, life has turned upside down for students and parents. The teacher's corrupted behavior and one of the students' suicide attempt that could be related to that matter, makes the school Principal call the students' parents for an urgent meeting that will suddenly put the future of all the families at stake. They are asked to sign a petition to move Miss Drazdechova out of the school. The teacher's high connections within the Communist Party makes everyone feel threatened, but at this point they have no choice but to make a decision: will they dare to go against Miss Drazdechova and stand up for what they believe in at any risk, or will they just remain silent and let things be? LevelK.dk IMDb

MOUNTAIN 6th April 2018

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Mountain : a sublime rush of adrenaline and orchestral beauty  - Janine Israel Australian Guardian
Mountain is an unashamed documentary tribute to adventurers who are willing to risk their lives climbing the world’s great heights. It provides astonishing vision of mountaineers, ice climbers, free soloists, speedflyers, heliskiers, snowboarders, wingsuiters and parachuting mountain bikers. The documentary examines our changing relationship to mountains and to risk-taking over the past 300 years as technology and opportunity have allowed completely new approaches to adventure. Collated from more than 2,000 hours of footage shot in 15 countries, Mountain is a 70-minute rush of adrenaline; a safari into the sublime; a vertiginous voyage to the top of the world. This masterful documentary is a cinematic and musical collaboration between the director, Jennifer Peedom and Richard Tognetti's Australian Chamber Orchestra. The score was recorded in the Sydney Opera House and the film is narra…

THE SALESMAN Friday 2nd March 2018

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Director: Asghar Farhadi Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements and a brief bloody image. Length: 125 minutes The film follows a couple in Tehran involved in an amateur dramatic production of Arthur Miller’s The Salesman, who are forced to move apartments following an earthquake. But the flat into which they move has an unhappy history, compounded by an unwelcome intruder. This psychological and moral drama, investigates how anger and damaged self image can drive a man to destroying the very thing he is attempting to protect - his marriage.
"The acting is impeccable and the director’s skill at combining an analysis of a marriage with dramatic exterior conflict is second to none. The Salesman is provocative, challenging, and thoroughly gripping." David Stratton, The Australian, 4/3/2017