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Drive My Car – BFI London Film Festival Review

Actor-director Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his screenwriter wife Oto (Reika Kirishima) have been together for over two decades. Although the death of their four-year-old daughter near the beginning of their marriage took…

Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest – BFI London Film Festival Review

A lot of information is thrown at you very quickly in Danish documentary Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest, but the main things you need to know are these: Kim – aka…

Mothers Of The Revolution – BFI London Film Festival Review

Is it better to die in a blast, or is it better to die of radiation sickness? In 1981, a small group of women set up camp outside the Greenham Common RAF…

Book Review: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

When my copy of Kingdom of the Cursed arrived, I was determined to put aside my bubbling over excitement and savour each page. After all, the first read of a book –…

5 films to watch at BFI London Film Festival 2021

Well, it’s that time once again: the London Film Festival is back for its 65th edition. And after last year’s entirely virtual festival, physical screenings have returned. With a raft of Covid-delayed…

David Farr on the books he’d save from tyrants

My novel The Book of Stolen Dreams is set in a world ruled by a violent, tyrannical despot. A library in the city of Brava contains a book with a magical secret.…