What We’ve Learnt From London Film Festival Week 2

Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman impress in The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yorgos Lanthimos’ second collaboration with Colin Farrell is equally as infuriating as The Lobster, but does boast two great performances from him and Nicole Kidman alike. This film is significantly darker than The Lobster and does feel more rounded, but unfortunately the to-the-point language style still wears thin after about 25 minutes.


Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is Drab

Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing film of the festival. It follows the love story between famous Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and Liverpudlian Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) in the actress’ final years. It attempts to display their romance with the charm of a 50s Hollywood movie, but instead it comes across incredibly mawkish with some truly appalling dialogue.


Emma Stone is on top form in Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone does brilliantly as Billie Jean King, but the rest of the film does not live up to expectation. This is a great story, but it is not told to its full potential – falling victim to sports movie clichés on several occasions.


Brawl in Cell Block 99 is Brutal

Vince Vaughn is totally out of control in this prison-based massacre. There are some truly outrageous acts of violence and even the most well-versed horror veterans may get a bit queasy.


Luca Guadagnino is planning a Call Me by Your Name Sequel

In a rather surprising announcement at LFF, Guadagnino has said that he wants to pick up Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer’s relationship three years down the line in a sequel. I’m a bit sceptical about this considering how great the first one is, but if Linklater can pull it off then I guess Luca can too.


Winners Announced

Finally, the winners were announced with Loveless winning Best Film, The Wound was awarded Best First Feature, Kingdom of Us took home Best Documentary and The Rabbit Hunt won Best Short. Paul Greengrass won the BFI Fellowship Award.


Words by Tom Williams, Cinema Editor
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