All posts tagged: London Film Festival

The Parisian suburbs are a violent jungle in Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’

When Jacques Audiard picked up the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, there was a collective gasp of surprise from critics. 2015 had been an unusually strong year for the festival. Bar a few outsiders that didn’t stand a real chance, there was a solid group of three or four films that really deserved that prize. Amongst the lauded company of Carol and The Assassin, Dheepan stood as the defiant, unlikely underdog. Persecuted in his home country due to his position as a Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger, Dheepan flees to France, bringing a woman and child with him to help speed the refugee process along. After trailing the capital as a street vendor, he’s given a job as the caretaker for a tower block of suburban Paris. However, the tense, controlling community he works in brings back terrifying memories of home that he’s fought so hard to escape. Dheepan succeeds due to what it says, rather than the way in which it says it. The topic of conversation here could not be more relevant, giving us a speculative look into how these people’s lives …

Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay shine in ‘Room’

To 5 year old, isolated Jack, there’s nothing but outer space past the corrugated iron walls of Room – the place he and his mother Joy have called home since the day he was born. Joy knows what’s outside. At the age of 17, she was abducted by a man they know little about. Spending every day in submission to the man’s cruel acts, Joy hatches a plan of action to get them both out into the outside world. Brie Larson is fast becoming the queen of the American indie. Her commended performance in 2013’s Short Term 12 led to her coming palpably close to a Best Actress Oscar nod, and it would seem this may be the film that seals the deal. She’s totally convincing as a woman battling against her captor, still understanding the difference between what’s morally right and wrong and standing her unsteady ground.  At just nine years old, Canada’s Jacob Tremblay has swanned into the American film industry with a powerhouse lead performance. Lenny Abrahamson’s directorial hand unveils a self-inflicted victim of …

Watch Louis Theroux get stalked by religious leaders in My Scientology Movie

Documentary filmmakers tend to have one terrible, common habit: assuming that they are always in the right. Most use this idea as their documentary starting point and once things get moving, their driving force. The result? One-sided, cinematic lectures lacking any varied opinion. That being said, there are still a few that go into something relatively blind and powered by nothing more than inquisitiveness. A British national treasure, Louis Theroux is one of this group. In terms of subject matter, he’s fearless; high security prisons and mental institutions for paedophiles are all set locations for his past work. Now, few stones left are left unturned; leading him to the unwelcoming doors of the Church of Scientology. Regardless of his reputation, Theroux joins the long list of rejected media that the Church is refusing to talk to. Eager to learn more but unable to witness their teachings first hand, he reels in former Scientology members and sets out to create a film based off of their first hand experiences, casting actors in the main roles. Needless to say, it isn’t long before the Church catch …