The opening of Suffragette, if you don’t know anything about the movement in the United Kingdom, tells you that this is an important story about women’s rights. Text appears on the screen for context purposes – the fight for women’s right to vote had been laboured with peaceful tactics having no results, up until this point.
Danny Boyle’s biopic based on Apple founder Steve Jobs works more like a backstage musical, rather than a drama chronicling his life. The story is organised around three Apple launches; the Macintosh in 1984, Jobs’ solo project the NeXt computer in 1988 and the triumphant success of the iMac in 1998, splitting Aaron Sorkin’s brilliant … More LFF 2015: Steve Jobs Review
If the truth can’t be told, then journalism is dead. This is the harsh message that echoes from screenwriter James Vanderbilt’s directorial debut Truth, based on former CBS producer Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty.
Based on the infamous 2008 Noida double murder case in India, Guilty is a thrilling true crime whodunit and police procedural. 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar was found murdered in her bedroom in her family’s apartment while Hemraj Banjade, their 45-year-old servant was initially deemed the culprit, until his body was later found. Her parents were then … More LFF 2015: Guilty Review
11 Minutes is an intriguing concept from Polish director and writer Jerzy Skolimowski, who assembles a series of circumstances that take place within 11 minutes. Ending with a catastrophic climax, a number of individuals are caught up in a chain of events that lead to their ultimate fate, featuring a sleazy film producer interviewing a budding actress and … More LFF 2015: 11 Minutes Review
Set against a desolate, barren landscape, a group of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican-Texan border proves a worthy story for a tense, edge-of-your-seat thriller. Desierto follows Mosies (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his compatriots, who are being smuggled in need of a better life in America. But that is threatened by Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a … More LFF 2015: Desierto Review
Very Big Shot opens with three brothers committing a murder and stuffing the assailant in a dark garage during the dead of the night in modern-day Lebanon. The youngest brother Jad (Wissam Fares) is forced to take the blame. In the five years that Jad has been locked away, the oldest Ziad (Alain Saadeh) has … More LFF 2015: Very Big Shot Review
When a film assembles Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as its leading women it’s bound to be something special. Carol paints a perfect picture of love, heartbreak and loss between two women who find themselves attracted to each other despite all odds pitted against them. Phyllis Nagy’s aptly tuned screenplay, which is based off the 1952 … More LFF 2015: Carol Review
Scott Cooper’s adaptation is a big, bold, slightly tedious though watchable, gangster flick based on a true story. In the 123 minutes that Johnny Depp graces the screen, Black Mass fails to capture any real dose of action, though perhaps it’s because Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk’s script favours the human side of James “Whitey” … More LFF 2015: Black Mass Review
We’re told at the beginning of Nicholas Hytner’s adaptation of Alan Bennett‘s 1999 play that it’s ‘a mostly true story’. For the next 104 minutes the joy of The Lady In The Van is figuring out what’s real and what isn’t. ‘The Lady’, Miss Shepherd, is played by Dame Maggie Smith who swaps her Downton … More LFF 2015: The Lady In The Van Review