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The Best Films of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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Another BFI London Film Festival belongs to the ages. And this 60th anniversary festival was done proud by some of the best cinema you will see this year (or next dependent upon UK release patterns).

Below is Electric Shadows’ Top 10 of this year’s LFF. Please note that in Brexit Britain immune systems seem to have fallen as low as the pound. With a heavy cold racking this gutsy scribe’s constitution, part days and bed rest replaced full film indulgence. This meant Personal Shopper, Certain Women (the LFF’s Best Film winner), The Birth of a Nation, Dog Eat Dog and Ethel and Ernest were all missed in favour of Lemsip and blankets.

All the above movies seem like Top 10 contenders.

Press screening scheduling clashes meant Elle was chosen over Manchester By the Sea and Your Name over ...

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The 2016 BFI London Film Festival Round-Up – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 13 of The Electric Shadows Podcast rounds up the 60th BFI London Film Festival. Rob Daniel and Rob Wallis run through their Top 10s, discuss what was good, what was bad, and why queuing this year was an issue. Rob D, heavy with cold, also tries to break the sound barrier by blowing his nose.  If you like what you hear, please subscribe to The Electric Shadows Podcast on iTunes.

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Sites. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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A United Kingdom

a-united-kingdom-posterDirector: Amma Asante

Writer: Guy Hibbert

Cast: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto, Tom Felton, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Vusi Kunene

Cert: 12A

Running time: 105mins

Year: 2016

 


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What’s the story: While studying in London in 1948, Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), King of Bechuanaland (modern day Botswana), falls in love with local office worker Ruth Williams (Pike). But, their relationship is opposed by her family, the people of Bechuanaland, and an imperialistic British government.

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What’s the verdict: If star ratings could be awarded for good intentions, then A United Kingdom would be a five star movie...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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Popstar, FrightFest and Other Round-Ups – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 12 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a round-up extravaganza. Rob D recounts the highlights of FrightFest 2016, Rob W talks The Purge: Election Year, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and more. Rob D professes his love for Andy Samberg and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and describes the world if he became a benign dictator. And both Robs get all excited looking at the programme for this year’s London Film Festival.

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Sites. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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