BFI London Film Festival 2015: 30 recommendations
Our hot takes on 30 hot tickets at this year’s festival.
Sunday 20 September 2015
The big-top blowout – Guy Maddin at the IMAX, London 2015
The mad magpie of Canadian cinema went down the rabbit hole at London’s biggest screen with The Forbidden Room, a pulsating extravaganza of mock movie reclamation. Virginie Selavy reports on our LFF Experimenta gala, and his ensuing LFF Connects talk.
Tuesday 13 October 2015
What makes a good casting director? Laura Rosenthal and the indefinable art
After a London Film Festival audience with the woman who helps Todd Haynes, Kelly Reichardt and Paolo Sorrentino pick their actors, Thirza Wakefield reflects on the lack of critical discourse around this elusive profession.
Wednesday 14 October 2015
London 2015: Shorts, centre-stage
How high are the sundry highlights nominated for the London Film Festival’s new Short Film Award? Alex Dudok de Wit took a look.
Thursday 15 October 2015
Make it big: Louis Theroux, Simon Chinn and My Scientology Movie
TV or cinema? When Britain’s slyest small-screen inquisitor teams up with the two-time Oscar-winning producer of crossover documentary features, which way does the result lean, wonders Edward Lawrenson?
Saturday 17 October 2015
Welcome to the brain wash: London 2015 ‘Cult’ round-up
Anton Bitel considers 13 outré efforts at the 59th London Film Festival.
Thursday 22 October 2015
Different strengths: women to the fore (and aft) at London 2015
Women were in the spotlight at this year’s London Film Festival, from Suffragette’s opening-gala platform to the Geena Davis Institute’s campaign on gender representation. But did the emphasis on symbols overshadow subjects and sensibilities, asks Simran Hans?
Friday 30 October 2015
Stories from the other side
Three portraits of life on the modern edge at the London Film Festival – Something Better to Come, Songs My Brother Taught Me and Sailing a Sinking Sea – brought us hardy images of liminal struggles, reports Harriet Warman.
Friday 30 October 2015
‘Strong’ women – latinate quarter at London 2015
With women on film centre-stage at this year’s London Film Festival, Mar Diestro-Dópido rounds up ten films with a female flavour from Latin America, Spain, France and Italy.
Thursday 5 November 2015
Questions and answers: Laurie Anderson and Brian Eno play twist or stick
Frances Morgan reports on a stage conversation between the performance artist and the musician to accompany the London Film Festival premiere of Heart of a Dog, Anderson’s new essay film rich in grief and wonder.
Monday 2 November 2015
Bodies and film: Experimenta 2015 at the London Film Festival
Sophie Mayer on this year’s London Film Festival experimental allsorts, including revivals of the 1970s films of Argentina’s Marie Louise Alemann and New Zealand’s Joanna Margaret Paul, and new highlights from Tacita Dean, Sarah Turner, Vivienne Dick, Mike Kuchar, Jennifer Reeder and more.
Wednesday 4 November 2015