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Probably because it’s completely barking mad, we seem to be endlessly fascinated by Scientology. The religion/cult, discovered/made up by sci-fi author L. Ron Hubbard, has been the subject of endless speculation in its half-century history, partly thanks to its secretive nature. But despite it counting a number of major movie stars among its ranks (or more likely, because of that fact), cinematic investigations of Hubbard’s creation had mostly been limited to John Travolta’s propaganda movie flop “Battlefield Earth.” But things have changed of late. Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly-veiled story of the founding of the religion, “The Master,” was followed within a couple of years by Alex Gibney’s scintillating exposé documentary, “Going Clear,” which was released earlier this year. Now, we get another non-fiction examination of the phenomenon, with John Dower’s “My Scientology Movie,” fronted by the well-known British journalist/presenter Louis Theroux and produced by. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Tickets officially went on sale today for the BFI London Film Festival. I’m so excited to be returning to the capital to personally attend this year’s fest, which officially kicks off on October 7th. Here, we take a look at the top ten films to see.
While we couldn’t include all of the films that we would have liked to, these are the definite must-sees this year – so grab your tickets while you can…
Yorgos Lanthimos brings his comedy drama The Lobster to this year’s festival. The film stars Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz and is set in the near future where folks are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days, or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. Out there, right? The buzz was good from Cannes earlier this year, and we’re looking forward »
- Paul Heath
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
My Scientology Movie will screen in the festival’s Debate strand.
A new BBC-backed film focusing on the Church of Scientology, from seasoned TV documentarian Louis Theroux, is to receive its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct 14.
The news was announced at the programme launch for the festival’s 2015 edition, during which a short clip from the film was played, depicting Theroux having a disagreement with a representative of the Church regarding the production’s right to be shooting in a certain area.
The film, previously titled Stairway to Heaven: Louis Theroux and the Church of Scientology, is directed by John Dower (Thrilla in Manila) and produced by Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Searching For Sugar Man).
Lff festival director Clare Stewart told ScreenDaily: “Louis Theroux is such an interesting creative force in terms of British Culture. The line of enquiry that he takes on this subject is different again from various treatments that we »
London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.
The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
- Robert Mitchell
5 items from 2015
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