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BFI London Film Festival 2014 – Day Six

Whilst I was pleasantly surprised to receive an invite to the Industry Seminar on the Southbank featuring none other than mega-media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg on Day Six I had other plans, there was just no way I was going to risk missing one of the most provocative and fascinating films of the year;

Ok, here we go. I think by now we all know I’m something of a specialist of challenging and outre cinema, of material destined to turn stomachs and cause appropriate offensive in lesser gnarled spirits, but my god although I’d heard this was a ‘tough’ watch I wasn’t expecting such a hardcore experience. I’m not kidding but this film actually shook me up as it is very much in the vein of Irresversible, A Serbian Film, or god help us all Marley & Me. It certainly ‘earns’ its violence, is not for a single nanosecond exploitative and is a remarkable piece of cinema, I just never, never want to see The Tribe again. Here is a complete change of tack, not even remotely related to the LFF, which will hopefully distract us from the darkness;

Reviews have been a little ‘meh’ from a very selective North American run, I just like the attention to detail with the production design which makes it look like fun., hopefully in a Galaxy Quest kinda way. I will say however that I caught a film at the LFF (review incoming) which has Liv Tyler playing a middle aged mom, and boy did that make me feel old. When did she get into that casting bracket? So finally for today although I have been thwarted from attending festival events such as Q&A’s and Masterclasses this year, another casualty of some unfortunate schedule clashes, the LFF have hosted some intriguing seminars such as this;


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