Tag Archives: British Cinema


The eyes have it: Stills from Village of the Damned, Passport to Pimlico and The First Movie

In order to stem the tide of my perpetual catch-up in this (often) ill-conceived attempt to write about every film I watch, I present this mass posting, where I write a brief something about some of the British titles I have caught over the last couple of months but have neither the time nor inclination to expand upon further.

Here goes nothing…

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Made in Dagenham
d. Nigel Cole / 2010 / UK /  113 mins
Cinema 1 @ Barbican (London, UK)

Still from Made in Dagenham

Good, solid, entertaining film in that time-honoured English tradition of taking a chunk of recent British social history and feelgooding it up. Sally Hawkins is great, Bob Hoskins is wonderful, and it’ll undoubtedly scoop the pool at the BAFTAs next year.

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d. John Akomfrah / 2010 / UK / 46 mins
BFI Gallery @ BFI Southbank (London, UK)

View of Mnemosyne at BFI Gallery

A single-channel video work comprised of newly shot images, excerpts from past works and a swathe of archival materials from BBC Midlands, Birmingham Public Library and MACE (the Media Archive for Central England), Mnemosyne is a new gallery work from Ghanaian-born, London-raised artist and documentarian John Akomfrah.

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The Illusionist / L’Illusionniste
d. Sylvain Chomet / 2010 / France-UK / 89 mins
Cinema 1 @ Barbican (London, UK)

Still from The Illusionist

Beautifully animated, brilliantly related tale of a past-his-prime French magician, traipsing his way around mid-century Britain performing in music halls, variety theatres and pubs. Based on a story by Jacques Tati – who made his name playing the quintessential French caricature Monsieur Hulot – The Illusionist is shot through with his unmistakable brand of sublime, subtle, absurdist whimsy: from the gentle slapstick aloofness of Tatischeff the Magician to his maniacal white rabbit and the relentlessly glum London rain.

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The Final Programme
[aka The Last Days of Man on Earth]
d. Robert Fuest / 1973 / UK / 94 mins
@ NFT1 – BFI Southbank (London, UK)
Flipside screening w/ Michael Moorcock Q&A

Still from The Final Programme

Part of the problem with trying to write about (almost) everything I watch, and having a bit of a backlog (thanks to a Masters dissertation), is that it can be rather hard to remember the finer details of particular films or screening events. Especially when you seem to have completely forgotten to write any notes whatsoever…

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