BFI LFF Diary #2

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Jack Toye provides a sample of life at The London Film Festival 2014.

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips | TakeOneCFF.com

For a film that wrings such expertly orchestrated tension from real life events, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS turns out to be surprisingly unmemorable.

Crossfire Hurricane


This loving tribute to a milestone of British rock takes an insightful and evocative approach to the genre, writes Ed Frost.

Beware of Mr. Baker


Jay Bulger’s all-encompassing documentary BEWARE OF MR. BAKER peers behind the dark glasses and gruff facade of one Ginger Baker. Ed Frost reviews at London Film Festival.

Museum Hours


A sweet-natured story of two people coming together, MUSEUM HOURS is a leisurely tour of Vienna from Jem Cohen. Ed Frost reviews at the London Film Festival.

After Lucia


Peer pressure and teenage bullying have rarely been as agonising and intensely distressing as they are in Michel Franco’s latest, AFTER LUCIA. Ed Frost reviews at the London Film Festival.



Ed Frost, at the London Film Festival, reviews EVERYDAY – Michael Winterbottom’s latest feature; a project elegantly pieced together and filmed over the space of five years.

Ernest and Celestine

Ernest et Celine | TakeOneCFF.com

Marrying perfectly judged humour with incessant imagination, ERNEST AND CELESTINE is an absolute joy; an almost faultless 80-minute burst of unabashed delight, writes Ed Frost at the London Film Festival.

Our Children


Measured and well plotted, OUR CHILDREN is a tough watch and a hefty story from Joachim Lafosse. Ed Frost reviews at the London Film Festival.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever | TakeOneCFF.com

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER is a shrewd, likeable and well-meaning indie that couples sympathetic performances with fine writing and sincere humour, writes Ed Frost at the London Film Festival.

It Was The Son


IT WAS THE SON becomes distractingly frenetic, disoriented by its own irritatingly mismatched tonal shifts that build towards an unsatisfying experience, writes Ed Frost at London Film Festival.

The We and the I


THE WE AND THE I is the latest offering from distinctive French director Michel Gondry, and is the finest he has been since THE ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, writes Ed Frost at London Film Festival.

Everybody Has a Plan


EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN starts as an original depiction of two siblings at war, yet whatever boldness it carries eventually fades away into murky obscurity, writes Ed Frost at the London Film Festival.


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Competing in the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival is Scott Graham’s quietly devastating film SHELL, which takes minimalism to tender and shatteringly nuanced extremes.



Set during the conflict between Israel and Palestine in 1982, Eran Riklis’ ZAYTOUN lacks the weight to fully transform it beyond the mildly watchable, writes Ed Frost at the BFI London Film Fest.