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Movie Review – Light Years (2015)

Light Years, 2015.

Directed by Esther May Campbell.

Starring Beth Orton, Muhammet Uzuner, Sophie Burton, James Stuckey, Zamira Fuller, Mike Wright, Mickey Morris, Ewan Cooke, Graeme Hogg and Fouad Cilmi.

Synopsis:

Rose longs to see mum, but nobody will take her. Ever. Dad disappears to work. Sister waits for a boy on a damp golf course while their brother communes with spirits online. But Rose reckons a familys like a constellation – connected up there in the infinite. Stars feel each other, even if they’ve died millions of years ago, even if theyre light years apart. Taking destiny into her hands, Rose slips out at dawn into Englands forgotten edge lands. Her departure provokes a family to change, to search for Rose and each other, until discovering the truth of their own awesome inheritance.

Writer-director Esther May Campbell’s feature debut Light Years has a particular familiarity in both plot and
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Light Years review – delicate and arresting sibling drama

Esther May Campbell’s debut feature operates betweens social and poetic realism and unleashes some extraordinary imagery

Now Andrea Arnold has gone west with American Honey, who’s coming up behind her? This delicate debut suggests it might yet be Esther May Campbell, a writer-director who here ventures Bristol way, digs around at the intersection of social and poetic realism, and emerges with several extraordinary images alongside handfuls of arthouse filler. Campbell’s mapping of the uncertain terrain around three young siblings left directionless by distant/absent parents is frequently arresting: golf balls and butterflies erupt inside the frame, while a wild-haired old man pursues nervy Ewan (James Stuckey) in one terrifyingly Lynchian development.

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Light Years Review

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If nothing else, Esther May Campbell deserves praise for doing something different with an overused staple of British cinema. Given how inexpensive and popular among critics’ social realist cinema has become it would be tempting to make Light Years just another kitchen sink drama. With its domestic setting the film finds three working-class children neglected […]

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Film Review: Light Years

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★★☆☆☆ "What do you miss about mum?" Rose (Zamira Fuller), the youngest daughter of three, asks her father, Dee (Muhammet Uzuner). "I used to swim in her wake," he says. Premiering at last year's Venice Film Festival, British writer and director Esther Campbell's debut feature Light Years is a meditation on imminent loss, absence and coping. Living in a large house in the countryside surrounded by scaffolding, Dee is having difficulty keeping his attention on the kids. The mother (musician Beth Orton) is confined to a nursing home with Alzheimer's and Rose misses her dreadfully.
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Beth Orton makes feature acting debut in Light Years – video clip

A clip from Light Years, featuring singer and songwriter Beth Orton. Esther May Campbell’s drama about family relationships wilting in the late summer heat is Orton’s first big screen appearance since Southlander, a 2001 Us indie drama that starred the singer as a version of herself. The film will be playing in UK cinemas from September and audiences can book tickets and order the DVD now through crowdfunder.co.uk/lightyears

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Film Review: ‘Light Years’

Film Review: ‘Light Years’
There is much talk of dream worlds and celestial travel in “Light Years,” an intimate, opalescent debut feature from British writer-director Esther May Campbell, yet it’s supposedly everyday life that its anguished characters find hardest to grasp. Tracing the brief reunion of an unraveled family over the course of one sun-soaked summer day in the English countryside, Campbell’s enticingly sensuous, heat-hazed drama demonstrates the meticulous command of composition and romantically desolate atmosphere that won her a short-film BAFTA in 2009. As storytelling, however, it feels elusive and incomplete: Abstract philosophizing takes precedence in a tale of domestic dysfunction that might otherwise make for a modestly conventional indie heart-tugger. Following fest berths in Venice and Toronto, the sprocket-opera circuit reps this promising pic’s natural home; even U.K. arthouse auds are likely to find “Light Years” an imposing distance to cover.

Aficionados of British independent cinema should note that
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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

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
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BFI London Film Festival unveils full line-up with ‘Steve Jobs’ closing

The festival circuit is gearing up to start and London has added a handful of other prominent awards players for the year.

Among the new additions to the festival are Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role as the famed Apple head, which will be the festival’s closer. They have also announced that the premiere of Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, will happen at the festival.

Opening & Closing Night

Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep. Director Sarah Gavron returns to the Festival for a third time with a film that tells the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote. Steve Jobs, directed by Danny Boyle whose films Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and 127 Hours (2010) previously closed the Festival.
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Full line-up for 59th BFI London Film Festival announced

The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.

The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.

Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.

Headline Galas:

Carol – directed by Todd Haynes, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (American Express Gala)

Trumbo – directed by Jay Roach, starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren (Accenture Gala)

Black Mass – directed by Scott Cooper, starring Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch (Virgin Atlantic Gala)

Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley,
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Full programme announced for 59th BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme

The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.

We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.

BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival

Cate Blanchett will be presented with the BFI Fellowship this year, and her film Carol, directed by Todd Haynes, will play as this year’s American Express
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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 line-up

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 line-up
Official competition to include Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation and European premieres for Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto and Johnnie To’s Office.Scroll down for competition titles

The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.

The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.

Further headline galas at the festival will be Todd HaynesCarol, Jay Roach’s Trumbo, Scott Cooper’s Black Mass, John Crowley
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BFI London Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 59th Edition

BFI London Film Festival Unveils Lineup for 59th Edition
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.”

As previously announced, the festival will open and close with the European premieres of Sarah Gavron’s “Suffragette” and Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs,” respectively.
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Daily | Venice Critics’ Week 2015 Lineup

The lineup for the 30th International Film Critics’ Week, the independent section running parallel to the 72nd Venice International Film Festival from September 2 through 12, features seven first-time directors' features and three special events. Competing are Min Bahadur Bham's Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen), Martin Butler and Bentley Dean's Tanna, Esther May Campbell's Light Years, João Salaviza's Montanha, Senem Tuzen's Ana yurdu (Motherland), Adriano Valerio's Banat (Il viaggio) and Green Zeng's The Return. And a Special Award will be presented to Peter Mullan. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Venice Critics’ Week 2015 Lineup

The lineup for the 30th International Film Critics’ Week, the independent section running parallel to the 72nd Venice International Film Festival from September 2 through 12, features seven first-time directors' features and three special events. Competing are Min Bahadur Bham's Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen), Martin Butler and Bentley Dean's Tanna, Esther May Campbell's Light Years, João Salaviza's Montanha, Senem Tuzen's Ana yurdu (Motherland), Adriano Valerio's Banat (Il viaggio) and Green Zeng's The Return. And a Special Award will be presented to Peter Mullan. » - David Hudson
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Venice Critics’ Week Section Announces Lineup Of Promising First Works

Venice Critics’ Week Section Announces Lineup Of Promising First Works
The Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled its lineup, comprising ten first works – eight of which world preems – featuring new pics from continental Europe, Turkey, the U.K., Singapore, Australia, China and, for the first time ever at the event, Nepal.

As previously announced, the independently run Venice sidebar will open with a tribute to Scottish multihyphenate Peter Mullan, whose 1998 directorial debut “Orphans” will screen with Mullan (pictured) in tow. It has been selected as the best bow ever from the section dedicated to new directors, celebrating its 30th edition this year.

The seven works competing in the section, which is headed by Italo film critic Francesco Di Pace, are:

“Motherland,” Turkish director Senem Tuzen’s feature debut portraying a modern Turkish woman torn apart by feelings of both love and hatred for her traditional mother (also in Locarno).

“Banat” (“Il Viaggio”) by Italy’s Adriano Valerio, who
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And the Cannes line-up is…?

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April
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Creative England doubles production pot to £1m

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Creative England doubles production pot to £1m
Individual awards will increase to a maximum of £200,000 per project.

Creative England is to double its Lottery-based production dund from £500,000 to £1million ($850,000 to $1.7m) for 2014/2015.

Individual awards are increasing to a maximum of £200,000 ($340,000) per project and will now include feature films with budgets of up to £2m ($3.4m), opening up the fund to more upcoming and established filmmakers.

The organisation will continue to prioritise projects that have strong regional elements both in front of and behind the camera and is also planning to offer support on pre-sales and UK Tax Credits for certain awarded productions through the Regional Growth Fund.

Since October 2012 the Fund has invested £650,000 ($1.1m) in projects such as Norfolk-based Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, his second feature after the sleeper-hit Weekend; and Bristol-based Esther May Campbell’s Light Years, her feature debut to her BAFTA award-winning short, September.

Other projects to benefit from that investment include Rob Cannan’s second documentary feature The Lovers and the
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Belle Amie were ‘glad’ to be eliminated from The X Factor

Belle Amie have claimed that they were glad to leave the X Factor when they did, because they didn’t feel like the public were being allowed to see what they were really capable of.

The girl group were eliminated from the ITV show after four weeks but speaking to The News Of The World, as they promote their new single ‘Girls Up’, the ladies explained that the departure was a good thing for their career.

Sophia Wardman, 23, said:

“The show was a great experience but it didn’t really showcase us. We weren’t singing the songs we wanted to sing, weren’t wearing what we wanted to wear. We were restricted so it was kind of a relief for me to get off the show so we could start doing what we wanted to do.

“I always knew we wouldn’t win. It’s hard work to market
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X Factor: Want to hear Belle Amie’s new single ‘Girls Up’? (Video)

Belle Amie may have lost one singer but the girls are still determined to make the most of their X Factor fame.

The girlband lost brunette beauty Geneva Lane from their ranks earlier this year, however they still landed a record deal and are now preparing to release their debut single.

Rebecca Creighton, Esther Campbell and Sophia Wardman will release ‘Girls Up’ on the 7th of August, coincidentally around the time when the new X Factor series kicks off and you can have a listen to the song below.

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Watch X Factor’s Belle Amie cover Jason Derulo’s ‘Ridin’ Solo’

The girls of X Factor group Belle Amie released a new video of themselves on youtube today.

The three piece (which was a four piece band before they lost Geneva Lane) are releasing a series of clips in the lead up to the launch of their debut single and today uploaded a rather impromptu performance of Jason Derulo’s ‘Ridin’ Solo’.

Watch Esther Campbell, Rebecca Creighton and Sophia Wardman sing their heart out below and let us know what you think!

We were a little sceptical at first, but once the girls got into their groove we actually quite enjoyed their version!

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