Trudie Styler on choosing Alex Lawther for her leading man in Freak Show

At the BFI Flare Festival, first-time director Trudie Styler sat down for a Q&A after a screening of her movie Freak Show to talk a bit more about the project and the casting of Bette Midler and Alex Lawther.

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Freak Show: BFI Flare Film Festival Review

Alex Lawther first came to my attention playing the young Alan Turing in 2014’s The Imitation Game and his subsequent work in Black Mirror, The End of the F***ing, Goodbye Christopher Robin and Ghost Stories proved his ability to play odd, tortured, offbeat characters – but he goes above and beyond all that with Freak Show.

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My Days of Mercy: BFI Flare Festival Film Review

The BFI Flare Festival, a celebration of LGBTQ cinema, opened last week with My Days of Mercy, starring and produced by Ellen Page and Kate Mara as lovers on opposite sides of a political debate.

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Lucy Cohen talks about the difficulties in creating Kingdom of Us documentary

Lucy Cohen won the documentary prize for her feature Kingdom of Us at the BFI London Film Festival awards on Saturday, the day after the documentary was made available on Netflix.

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Hayley Atwell, Jason Isaacs and Andrea Riseborough at the London Film Festival Awards

On Saturday night, stars descended on the red carpet at Banqueting House for the annual awards ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival – and you can catch all my pics here:

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Go check out the Prop Store movie memorabilia exhibition

Every year, Prop Store hold a free exhibition of movie costumes and props ahead of an auction. I head down there every year and I’m never disappointed with the cool items on display.

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The Birth of a Nation: Film Review


The Birth of a Nation reportedly sold for the biggest amount ever at the Sundance Film Festival, received a huge standing ovation and critical acclaim but its rating has been decreasing since more people have seen it and it’s easy to understand why. It’s an important and powerful story but it is very flawed.

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Snowden: Film Review 


Edward Snowden, who exposed the illegal mass surveillance techniques used by the NSA on all US civilians in 2013, is a very interesting person with an incredible story to tell so it’s just a shame that the dramatisation about his life lacks a certain something and isn’t as powerful as the Laura Poitras‘ 2014 documentary Citizenfour.

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Bleed For This: Film Review 


I have been pretty fed up of boxing dramas in recent years because I think the genre has been done to death and they all follow the same formula. Bleed For This certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel but it felt refreshing in terms of tone and character.

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Paterson: Film Review


Paterson has been highly praised since it competed at the Cannes Film Festival, and while I liked it and thought it was nice, I wouldn’t rave about it quite as highly as others have. After it finished, I had no real reaction to it and that makes writing a review kinda hard!

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