London Film Festival 2019 – Part 3

Imperialism, breaking up, and ending one’s life   Waiting for the Barbarians (2019) Director: Ciro Guerra. Featuring Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson Allegory, it’s all allegory. At least, that has been an interpretation of the 1980 novel Waiting for the Barbarians by JM Coetzee, who is also this film’s screenwriter. And although the 2003 […]

London Film Festival 2019 – Part 2

MI6 v. democracy, FBI v. democracy, community self-defence, cultural tourism, and buddies   Coup 53 (2019) Director: Taghi Amirani. Featuring Walter Murch, Taghi Amirani, David Talbot Close involvement with the coup that toppled Iran’s democratically elected prime minister Mossadegh in 1953 has never been acknowledged by a UK government. Taghi Amirani’s documentary lays out the […]

London Film Festival 2019 – Part 1

US prisons, news manipulators, and Dickensian London   Clemency (2019) Director: Chinonye Chukwu. Featuring Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Brooks There is a cost to human beings working within a barbaric system. And in a system as barbaric as the USA’s prison estate the fallout is considerable. Chinonye Chukwu’s unsentimental portrayal of the state killing […]