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  • Why ‘cool’ doesn’t do Jim Jarmusch justice

    With hipster indie classic Down by Law back in cinemas, it’s a moment to reflect on Jim Jarmusch’s 30-year reign as the king of cinematic cool. But what does that even mean?
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • Three talking points for Debate at the LFF

    The LFF’s Debate strand presents films that rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of the day. This year, three themes emerge in the programme that are sure to help stoke the post-movie discussion.
    Friday 12 September 2014

  • 10 great prison break films

    Escapist entertainment par excellence – with the return to cinemas of Jim Jarmusch’s off-kilter jailbird classic Down by Law, here are 10 of the best prison breakout movies.
    Thursday 11 September 2014

  • Three to see at the LFF if you like ... Italian cinema

    An Italian Breaking Bad is among programme advisor Adrian Wootton’s personal tips for the BFI London Film Festival, including a new film by an established director, an impressive debut, and a wild card to take a chance on.
    Wednesday 10 September 2014

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  • Shelter from the storm: the Orphan Film Symposium 2014

    This year’s convention of ‘archivists, artists and scholars’ dusted off curios including a Polish typewriter camera, a bonfire of valve radios, Josephine Baker in clogs and the eye-popping Gasparcolor system. Ian Francis reports.

    Ian Francis
    Saturday 26 April 2014

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  • Review: Transcendence

    Johnny Depp takes over the internet in a rickety nightmare of the Now, says Michael Atkinson.

    Michael Atkinson
    Saturday 26 April 2014

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  • Film of the week: Exhibition

    Joanna Hogg explores process, sick artists syndrome and the ghosts of modernism in a gleaming London live/work house. By Andrew Tracy.

    Andrew Tracy
    Saturday 26 April 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Mitchell & Kenyon: the accidental anthropologists

    Travel back in time with our incredible Edwardian footage and uncover the origin of the two-fingered salute.

    Mark Duguid
    Friday 25 April 2014

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  • Behind the scenes: Rebel without a Cause

    Nine rare shots of James Dean behind the wheel, lounging on set and wielding a knife during production of the all-time great teen film, Rebel without a Cause.

    Friday 25 April 2014

    Features

  • 10 great British films directed by women

    With Joanna Hogg’s third film, Exhibition, confirming her as among our best new directors, we look back at some of the finest films directed by women in the UK.

    Jemma Desai , Selina Robertson , Alex Davidson , Josephine Botting , Jez Stewart , Michael Brooke , Ros Cranston , Lisa Kerrigan , Catherine McGahan , Dylan Cave
    Thursday 24 April 2014

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  • Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank gets UK premiere at Sundance London

    The relationship between music and cinema is spotlighted in the programme of this year’s Sundance London, including the UK unveiling of Lenny Abrahamson’s new film starring Michael Fassbender as cult musician Frank Sidebottom.

    Thursday 24 April 2014

    Features

  • On this day in 1944: Double Indemnity premiered

    On 24 April 1944, one of the all-time great film noirs had its first public screening: Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity.

    Samuel Wigley
    Thursday 24 April 2014

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  • Tribeca 2014: basketball and the city

    Nick James reports on the best of Manhattan’s budding movie showcase, starring the New York Knicks, Nas, Raf Simons, gorillas, New Orleans millennials, listless Mexican drifters and the Edward Snowdens of the 1970s.

    Nick James
    Wednesday 23 April 2014

    Festivals

  • UK and China sign film co-production treaty

    A treaty negotiated for the UK by the BFI, with support from the DCMS and UK Trade & Investment in Beijing, will allow qualifying British/Chinese co-productions to access national benefits including sources of finance and an easier passage to audiences.

    Wednesday 23 April 2014

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    Interviews, news and comment on the Academy Awards.

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    Interviews, news and comment on the British Academy Film Awards.

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