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London Films Get a Look In

We don’t tend to get the volume of celebrities that you may see wandering the streets at the Cannes or Sundance film festivals. But that’s what makes the London Film Festival quintessentially British. I’ve been going to the festival in some form for the last 15 years or so… so I always get quite excited. It all kicks off in two weeks and this year’s “big” film is 007: Quantam of Solace. But to be honest, I’ve kinda gone off Mr. Bond so I’m not that fussed (maybe it’s because I simply don’t fancy Daniel Craig?)

Did any of you guys ever see Brit film Trainspotting, directed by Danny Boyle? It came out in 1996 and was set in 1980’s Edinburgh. It was grimy, real and starred Ewan McGregor (it was a pivotal film for his career). And apparently it was subtitled when it was shown at cinemas in America as the Scottish accent proved hard to understand. However it is still remains one of the most iconic and influential British films ever made:


So how do you top something like that? It’s hard…. And he made an awful mistake getting involved in The Beach, but 28 Days Later was actually quite good for a Brit horror. However he’s never managed to recapture the essence that was Trainspotting. So could Slumdog Millionaire be his return to form? The film’s due to close the London Film Festival this month, and I’m rather excited to be honest:


The film’s about a streetkid from Mubai who wins the jackpot on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” He’d gone on the show to find his missing girlfriend, who he knows is a fan of the show. But when he wins the jackpot, he’s suspected of cheating.

The whole Brit-gangster flick genre’s been done to death by the likes of Mr. Madonna. Whoops sorry I mean Guy Ritchie (that marriage was so not good for his creative flair). Plus I really can’t stomach any more “period” films e.g. Keira Knightley’s The Duchess. Yawn. So it’ll be nice to see something really different coming out of the British film industry… albeit filmed in India.


—Miss London

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