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Missing voices by Jennie Kermode

Over the years, the Edinburgh International Film Festival has become about a lot more than just watching moviews. Its industry events receive a lot of attention and one particularly important one this year was All Inclusive, which brought together deaf and disabled filmmakers to discuss the challenges they face in this industry and look at ways they might be resolved, as well as to celebrate work produced despite them. One of the organisers was Rachel Robey, Disability Arts Champion at the British council. We caught up with her and with two of the event's speakers, Charlie Swinbourne and Aurora Fearnley, to find out more about it.

Rachel Robey and her daughter on the set of The Levelling

This was the first event of its kind for Rachel, a producer whose work includes The Levelling and A Man's Story. "The British Council has a really close relationship with the Edinburgh International Film Festival,
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Remembering Albert Maysles by Anne-Katrin Titze

Albert Maysles at Simon Trevor's White Gold premiere at MoMA Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Documentary filmmakers Morgan Neville (2014 Oscar winner for 20 Feet From Stardom), Fabien Constant (Mademoiselle C), Varon Bonicos (A Man's Story) and Keyhole director Guy Maddin share their thoughts on the passing of the great documentarian Albert Maysles at the age of 88, Thursday, March 5, in New York City.

Author and journalist Gay Talese on an American Assignment for the New York Times in Selma, Alabama, sent a note, upon hearing the news, from the place where Gay had covered the civil rights march and "Bloody Sunday" 50 years ago.

Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the subject of his film Iris

Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer wrote "…this is very sad to lose a master of Cinema. We are playing his last film in the Tribeca [World Documentary] Competition,..." In Transit, co-directed by Maysles with Nelson Walker, Lynn True, David Usui,
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Adiff Presents Double Bill Film Series This Weekend In NYC - 2 Films For The Price Of 1

More weekend options for New York City readers, courtesy of the African Diaspora International Film Festival (Adiff). A weekend screening series, called The Double Bill Film Series (2 films on one ticket), of recent and not-so recent, some you might recognize (like A Man's Story, La Pirogue, La Playa DC, and The Next Day) taking place at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 W 120th St. – 263 Macy. Tonight's 6pm screening is Free. For the rest of the weekend, it's $10 per screening ($8 for students and seniors). Or you can buy a pass to see all the films for $30. And if you have a valid Teachers College ID, all screenings Free. Buy tickets online...
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Also New In USA Theaters This Weekend - Ozwald Boateng Doc 'A Man's Story'

As already announced, finally heading for USA theaters is A Man's Story, the highly-anticipated Ozwald Boateng documentary, which is set to be released in the USA on November 2nd - tomorrow. The film will open on in New York City, at the IFC Center; and in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle NoHo 7. That's it for opening weekend! I wouldn't look for an expansion in following weeks, since it's going to be released on DVD 4 days after it opens, next week Tuesday, November 6. Although, it still might depend on how well it does opening weekend. The feature doc centers on charismatic London-born...
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Ozwald Boateng and Varon Bonicos on A Man's Story

I was scheduled to interview British fashion designer Ozwald Boateng in New York, about A Man's Story and was surprised when I arrived, that Varon Bonicos, who directed the documentary, was also in the room, working on his laptop, pretending not to be there. I should have expected him, because the documentary chronicles Boateng's life in precisely that way, with Bonicos playing the designer's shadow for more than a decade.

In the film, Ozwald Boateng, the "killer of the cut," explains about fabric, saying that "touching is also understanding" and that he wants his clothes to "enhance who the person is". "That's what I live for," says the Samurai of Savile Row.

Some of the celebrities captured on camera, wearing and being fitted by Boateng in order of appearance, are Paul Bettany, Forest Whitaker, Gabriel Byrne, Will Smith, Richard Branson, Spike Lee. At 28, he became the...
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Ozwald Boateng Doc 'A Man's Story' Will Be Released On DVD In The USA On November 6

As already announced, the official USA theatrical opening for A Man's Story, the highly-anticipated Ozwald Boateng documentary, is set for November 2nd. The film will open on that day, in New York City, at the IFC Center; and in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle NoHo 7. That's it for opening weekend. I expected that it would gradually expand to other cities, depending on how well it does in the first 2, however, I was just informed that it would be released on DVD the following week, November 6, via Virgil Films. So I wouldn't look for an expansion, if it's going to be on DVD 4 days after it opens. Although, it still might depend on how well it does...
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Ozwald Boateng Is Much Cooler Than You... Or New Release Trailer For 'A Man's Story' Debuts

As already announced, we now have official USA theatrical opening cities and theater locations for A Man's Story, the highly-anticipated Ozwald Boateng documentary, which is now set to be released in the USA on November 2nd. The film will open on that day, in New York City, at the IFC Center; and in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle NoHo 7. That's it for opening weekend. I expect it'll gradually expand to other cities, depending on how well it does in the first 2. I'll be seeing the film in the next few days, and will share my thoughts right here, soon afterward. We'll also be interviewing the man himself, Ozwald Boateng, which should be great, so look...
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Opening Cities, Theaters Revealed For USA Theatrical Run Of Ozwald Boateng Doc 'A Man's Story'

We now have official USA theatrical opening cities and theater locations for A Man's Story, the highly-anticipated Ozwald Boateng documentary we first alerted you way back in 2010, when it's released in the USA on November 2nd. The film will open on that day, in New York City, at the IFC Center; and in Los Angeles, at the Laemmle NoHo 7. That's it for opening weekend. I expect it'll gradually expand to other cities, depending on how well it does in the first 2. I'll be seeing the film before then, and will share my thoughts right here soon afterward. The feature doc centers on charismatic Ghanaian-born Savile...
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Acclaimed Ozwald Boateng Feature Doc 'A Man's Story' Finally Getting USA Release (November)

Finally! It's heading west for an official Stateside release. I wasn't sure it would ever happen.  I've learned via the production company behind the film, Wellington Films, that A Man's Story, the Ozwald Boateng documentary we first alerted you way back in 2010, will be released in the USA on November 2nd. No details on what kind of release it will be - theatrical, home video, VOD, etc; but they say that information is coming. With November 2nd being the official release date, I assume we'll know all we need to know very soon, and it'll be shared here once that happens. Titled A Man's Story, the feature doc centers on...
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Ozwald Boateng: does my head look big in this?

He changed the face of Savile Row and rescued his business from bankruptcy. But no one is more convinced of his brilliance than Ozwald Boateng himself

The rules of fashion are a mystery to me. Endlessly changing, apparently arbitrary and frequently contradictory, they seem to defy all logic – but if one common purpose can unite them, it must be the creation of image. The fashion industry doesn't fabricate clothing so much as artifice – and so you would expect a documentary about Ozwald Boateng to resemble a Mario Testino fashion shoot, less reportage than breathless homage to the designer's imperiously elegant reputation.

A Man's Story therefore came as such a surprise, I had to watch it twice. It opens with the sort of marital shouting match most of us wouldn't want witnessed by our closest friends, let alone anyone else, and invites us into a private world of calamity – a bankrupt business,
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This week's new films

John Carter (12A)

(Andrew Stanton, 2012, Us) Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Mark Strong, Dominic West, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds. 132 mins

Despite the technological might of Pixar, this Martian epic still feels closer to retro fare such as Flash Gordon or Dune. It's a cumbersome hero's journey fully of silly names, skimpy costumes and princesses in peril – stuff we've seen recycled so many times since Edgar Rice Burroughs first wrote this, it now feels laughably quaint. Still, it's always fun to see an expensively rendered alien world, even if cheesy myth-making comes with the territory.

Trishna (15)

(Michael Winterbottom, 2011, UK) Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed, Roshan Seth. 113 mins

Hardy's Tess looks a comfortable fit with modern-day India in this naturalistic drama, which takes liberties with the text but finds new resonances, as Pinto's subdued villager struggles to find happiness with a wealthy young British-Indian.

The Raven (15)

(James McTeigue, 2012, Us) John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans.
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A Man's Story – review

Zoolander without the laughs; A Man's Story is a corporate video about Ozwald Boateng, the proud peacock of British haute-couture, in the guise of a documentary

Ozwald Boateng, the proud peacock of British haute-couture, is subjected to some bespoke tailoring of his own thanks to this spectacularly wearing movie. Trawling though 10 years in the legend's life and times, A Man's Story shows us the bad days of Boateng, like the time he breaks up with his model wife, or remonstrates with the parking attendant who tows off his Range Rover. Happily, it also shows us the good, like the time he prances about on a catwalk or receives an honour from the Queen. It's Zoolander without the laughs; a corporate video in the guise of a documentary, unfailingly delighted to let Boateng hold forth on the glory of Boateng. "This is feeling a bit tight on Boateng," our hero grumbles at one stage,
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Film Review: 'A Man's Story'

★★★★☆ As the enigmatic real-life star of Varon Bonicos' 2010 documentary A Man's Story, Oswald Boateng makes for captivating viewing in what is a well-structured and fascinating film about one of the UK's foremost fashion designers to the stars. As director, Bonicos spent 12 years documenting Boateng's personal and professional life, examining his struggles to become the hugely successful designer he is today.

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This week's new films

Michael (18)

(Markus Schleinzer) Michael Fuith, David Rauchenberger, Gisella Salcher. 96 mins

The daily routine of an Austrian paedophile who keeps a young boy locked in his cellar was hardly something anyone was queuing up to see, but this challenges us, and itself, to take a look. At the same time, it thankfully averts its gaze from scenes of actual abuse. There are keen observations on parenting, privacy, power relations and more, but the flat, factual approach verges on dull, and the absence of empathy ultimately just leaves you feeling grubby. So get in line for the grimmest movie of the year!

This Means War (12A)

(McG, 2012, Us) Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon. 98 mins

Two suspiciously close CIA buddies fall out when they discover they're dating the same woman – cue the misuse of government equipment and their own combat skills for one-upmanship. The romcom high concept is novel for a good reason: it's completely ridiculous.
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Close up: The Oscars: Quelle surprise? Non

The Oscars offered no surprises as The Artist dominated, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer won best supporting gongs and Meryl streaked home to a best actress win

The big story

And in a flash, the Oscars are done. Dusted. Wept over, then swept into night by Meryl and Jean, Octavia and Christopher.

The light from Hollywood - a powerful beam of gongs and gowns and shock white teeth - lit up even our dank corner of north London. Thank Harvey the Film team were on hand to guide you through the dazzle. Xan Brooks' liveblog - all five hours and 58 minutes of it - followed the night from the red carpet right up to The Artist's best picture triumph. Then Hadley Freeman watched sophistication fall to inebriation at the Variety after party. Finally, our office-bound critics - frazzled and full to burst with Oscar party junk food - took to
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Film Weekly Podcast: Ozwald Boateng on A Man's Story - audio

This week on Film Weekly it's all about the cut and the stitch as Jason Solomons meets British designer Ozwald Boateng, the subject of a revealing new documentary A Man's Story. Shot over a period of 12 years the documentary explores Boateng's creative and personal life.

Jason also speaks to Argentinian director Pablo Trapero about his new drama Carancho, which tells the story of a smalltime con-man and the dangerous world of car accident medical insurance scams. Playing to critical acclaim at last year's Cannes film festival, Carancho was Argentina's official entry for the Academy Awards best foreign language film, but did not make the final shortlist.

Jason is also joined by Guardian film writer Xan Brooks to review this week's other releases, including Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd in Wanderlust – and there's a heated exchange of views on Austrian director Markus Schleinzer's disturbing drama Michael, the story of a child kidnapping.
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Trailer trash

A Deborah Moggach book caught on film leads to Tulip Fever, and Ozwald Boateng makes a bid to dress Bond

Brought to book

In a brief scene in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Penelope Wilton is pictured relaxing in the garden of the eponymous Indian hotel reading a book. A quick shot reveals it's the novel Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach, who also happened to write These Foolish Things, upon which Ol Parker based the screenplay to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. It's a sweet in-joke and recalls the one at the end of Notting Hill, where Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant are reposing on a garden bench and she's reading Captain Corelli's Mandolin. This was, at the time, a nod to Notting Hill director Roger Michell's proposed next film – he was slated to direct the Louis de Bernières bestseller. However, illness meant Michell had to drop out and
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This Week In Trailers: Shock Head Soul, The Last Elvis, Don’t Think, Unconditional, A Man’s Story, Taped

This Week In Trailers: Shock Head Soul, The Last Elvis, Don’t Think, Unconditional, A Man’s Story, Taped
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Taped Trailer I, like many other boys, went through a Patrick Dempsey phase when I was younger. It all started with Can't Buy Me Love
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Ozwald Boateng: A singular man

When fashion designer Ozwald Boateng decided, back in 1998, to allow a director to film him for six months, he had little idea of what he was setting in motion. In the end, the director followed him around for 12 years. In that time, Boateng became the youngest man to open his own store in the Savile Row area of tailors and was also made creative director of menswear at Givenchy. Indeed, filming only finished at the end of September when Boateng presented his latest London show, A Man's Story, at Fashion Week in Leicester Square.
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Designer Ozwald Boateng Tells "A Man's Story"

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Directed by Varon Bonicos (who also created the TV series "House of Boateng"), the documentary "A Man's Story" spans an epic dozen years in the life of its subject, designer and larger than life fashion world figure Ozwald Boateng. The youngest and first black tailor to open a shop on London's Savile Row, Boateng starts the film in 1998 at a low point, having lost his business in the midst of a tough divorce. "A Man's Story" treks through the next decade-plus at a breakneck pace, charting Boateng's stint at Givenchy, his marriage, the birth of his two children, his second divorce, his celebrity-studded charity event in Ghana, fashion shows in Milan, in Paris, in London, trips to China, Russia, Los Angeles, Doha, runways, red carpets, offices, storefronts, parties, planes. It's a glittering blur throughout which Boateng remains tireless, both in his work and as a careful curator of his personal brand.
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