What I learned from being an extra in The Children Act

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci‘s latest movie The Children Act comes out today and you may or may not have heard that I’m in it! It was my first and only (so far) experience of being a movie extra, but I can finally share what it was like.

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The Children Act: Film Review

I love Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci so I was very excited to see them together onscreen, and they both give impressive performances in The Children Act, which I didn’t really know what to make of. There were bits I loved and bits I didn’t, but I ultimately came away feeling pretty meh about the whole thing.

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Top Films for August

Today is the first of August – which means it’s time to look forward to the releases coming to UK cinemas this month. Here are my movie recommendations for the next few weeks:

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Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler at the The Meyerowitz Stories LFF premiere: My Pics 

On Friday evening, the cast of The Meyerowitz Stories took to the red carpet at London Film Festival’s purpose-built Embankment Garden Cinema to support the movie. You can see the pictures here:

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The Meyerowitz Stories: LFF Film Review 

Following the debut of The Meyerowitz Stories, Noah Baumbach‘s next feature, at Cannes Film Festival, all everyone was talking about was Adam Sandler’s performance, which some have even dubbed Oscar worthy! I couldn’t believe it. I personally wouldn’t go quite that far, but it is 100% his best performance in years and certainly a game changer for him after a long succession of duds.

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Beauty and the Beast: Film Review

The live-action retelling of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast was under serious pressure to be good because the original meant a lot to my family growing up. Sure, we liked The Jungle Book and Cinderella but Beauty and the Beast is the first of the live-action reboots that I desperately wanted/needed to be good – and I thankfully wasn’t let down.

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Patrick Dempsey & Renee Zellweger at the Bridget Jones’s Baby premiere

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Tonight, the stars of Bridget Jones’s Baby came down to London’s Leicester Square for the world premiere including Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson, who also co-wrote.

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London Evening Standard British Film Awards: My experience

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Last night I managed to bag myself an invite to the London Evening Standard’s British Film Awards, which were making a comeback after a three-year absence at the BBC Television Centre. I was incredibly excited but nervous because I had only ever covered red carpet arrivals, I’ve never been allowed in and I had no idea what to expect. Here’s a run-down of my night:

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A Walk in the Woods: Film Review

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I know very little about Bill Bryson so I expected A Walk in the Woods to be some journey of self-discovery like Wild or Into the Wild, where someone takes on a ridiculous hiking challenge and becomes a better person because of it. However, this is totally different – it is more of a buddy comedy and that makes it both exciting and refreshing.

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Effie Gray: Film Review

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This real-life story is so very, very bleak, dismal and centres on a love triangle storyline that has been tried and tested many times. Dakota Fanning does a wonderful job in the role but I just wanted more – it was too meandering and not enough passion or hate or any type of wild emotion. It was just all too reserved and repressed for my liking, which is in keeping with the era but still not an awful lot of fun!

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