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Redgrave confronts refugee crisis by Richard Mowe

Vanessa Redgrave Photo: Richard Mowe

Vanessa Redgrave received her first award in Cannes for Morgan: A Suitable Case For Treatment in 1966. Last year she was in attendance for a restored copy of Howard’s End in Cannes Classics. Now she has returned again to make her debut as a director at the age of 80 with Sea Sorrow, a documentary about the refugee crisis, directed by her son Carlo Nero. It features such star performers as Ralph Fiennes and Emma Thompson and a key agitator in Parliament for helping the plight of refugees, Lord Alf Dubs.

Q: What was the impetus for making Sea Sorrow at this particular time?

"It became obvious that it would be her film and she would have to direct it" - Carlo Nero Photo: Richard Mowe

Vanessa Redgrave: The refugees started having a hard time escaping a long time ago because the wars have been going for ages.
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High-Rise | 2015 Tiff Review

Closer to the Gods: Cult Author Meets Cult Director in Wheatley’s Latest Dish

Destined to be overlooked as a visually impressive but significant creative failure, Ben Wheatley’s maddening High-Rise is a stylistic exercise of considerable merit, belonging to a dying tradition of complex, even confounding cinema forced to scrabble for appreciative audiences from future generations. Of course, those familiar with the source text from author J.G. Ballard, an author last significantly adapted by David Cronenberg with 1996’s infamous Crash, should already be expecting a certain elusive appeal.

Channeling a number of British auteurs who churned out experimental narratives in the golden age of the 70s, Wheatley’s film excitingly recalls works of Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, and John Boorman, directors who broke new ground with challenging titles, often dismissed upon release, reconstituted decades later by cultish devotees. In essence, a thinly veiled metaphor of class warfare and the
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This week's new film events

Acre After Acre, Mile After Mile, London

If you've had the feeling in recent years that British cinema has become a story of steadily eroding national identity, then here's where you need to be looking. The season's subtitle – Tradition, Memory & Journey In British Folk Cinema – tells you what you need to know: that there's a solid, albeit underfunded, core of film-makers still out there looking for the soul of Britain, and many of them crop up here. Like Chris Petit, who this Thursday accompanies his seminal late-70s road trip Radio On. Or Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair, who'll be previewing their pedalo-powered journey to the Olympics later. Or, fresh to their ranks, Ben Rivers, here with his Scottish wilderness film Two Years At Sea. Look out too for more commercial fare such as The Long Good Friday and The Elephant Man.

Sugar House Studios, E15, Thu to 28 Jun

Jean Gabin,
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Jon Savage celebrates the film Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Karel Reisz's 1966 film about a young man broken down by the new consumer culture is a bizarre, brilliant portrait of changing times. Jon Savage explains its influence

Morgan Delt is in court. In the preceding hour or so of screen time, he has ignored an injunction preventing him from contacting his ex-wife Leonie, broken into their once shared house, run a sequence of extremely loud animal noises to disturb Leonie and her new partner Charles Napier, exploded a thunderflash under his mother-in-law, and finally, kidnapped Leonie in an abortive attempt to live in the wilderness of deep Wales.

This rapidly escalating sequence of harassment has been undercut by Morgan's ineptitude, but there's no doubt he's in big trouble. So what does he do? He daydreams. A giraffe is being lassoed by a group of horsemen: then we see a number of these wild animals run free through the veldt.
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Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment DVD review

Originally released in 1966, this Karel Reisz-directed cult-hit tells the tale of Morgan Delt (David Warner): a working-class Marxist and gorilla-obsessed -- no, not 'guerrilla' -- artist who, upon being divorced by his wife Leonie (Vanessa Redgrave), cooks up a series of increasingly deranged stunts to get her back.

The stunts themselves? A skeleton in her bed here; a bomb under the mattress there; some outright kidnapping with the aid of his giant wrestling know, the kind of stuff we've all done to win back the woman we love...

Just me then?

Suffice to say, Morgan ends up in jail for his efforts, before eventually losing it completely and being incarcerated in a lunatic asylum. All of which makes the film sound far darker than it is. There are several uncomfortable moments; borderline rape early on, for instance, which is only borderline because of the highly dubious
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Remembering Lynn Redgrave

Remembering Lynn Redgrave
Like many people, when I first heard about Lynn Redgrave's passing at age 67, I immediately thought about her older sister Vanessa, who has now lost her daughter (Natasha Richardson), brother (Corin Redgrave), and sister in the space of 14 months. I spoke to Vanessa, who appears in this month's romantic comedy Letters to Juliet, just last Tuesday evening, and it was clear she was in a melancholy mood, telling me from London, "At the moment I’m sitting on the stoop outside my daughter-in-law’s home and looking at a very misty full moon." I can only hope that her
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Vanessa Redgrave to get BAFTA fellowship

Vanessa Redgrave to get BAFTA fellowship
London -- British screen doyenne Vanessa Redgrave is to receive the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship, the organization said Thursday.

Redgrave is scheduled to pick up the plaudit during this year's Orange British Academy Film Awards, dished out by BAFTA on Feb. 21.

The annual Fellowship award is the highest accolade given to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Previous Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Christie, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench. Last year's recipient was Terry Gilliam.

BAFTA chairman David Parfitt said: "She [Redgrave] is a hugely talented and respected actress who has served as an inspiration to the British film industry."

Added Redgrave: "Looking through the list of past recipients shows what a wonderful accolade this is, and the fact that Alfred Hitchcock was the very first recipient makes it even more special,
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Johnny Dankworth: The jazz bringer

When directors wanted their films to ooze cool, they called on Johnny Dankworth. Richard Williams on the man who made British cinema swing

There was a time when jazz and film formed a natural partnership. When a ­director wanted a hectic ­accompaniment to criminal activity, or a splintered melody to echo an on-screen psychodrama, or a cool, lush sound to accompany a cocktail-lounge seduction, jazz was the sound to use. And Johnny Dankworth was one of the men who could provide it, on time and to length.

Dankworth, who died at the ­weekend, was a fine musician, although not ­perhaps a great one. His playing and his composing did not alter the course of jazz, and he has no disciples. His real achievement, and his knighthood, came as a result of his ambition to make jazz acceptable on the concert platform and in the conservatory. He will also be remembered
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'French Lieutenant's Woman' Director Dies

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'French Lieutenant's Woman' Director Dies
Czech-born The French Lieutenant's Woman director Karel Reisz has died in London at the age of 76. The acclaimed film-maker died on Monday, but the cause of his death has not yet been revealed. Reisz played a key role in championing the populist Free Cinema movement, along with Tony Richardson and Lindsay Anderson, starting with his 1960 debut working-class drama Saturday Night And Sunday Morning, which introduced audiences to Albert Finney. That was followed by a remake of thriller Night Must Fall, the dark comedy Morgan, which showcased David Warner and gave Vanessa Redgrave her first starring role, and the biopic Isadora, also with Redgrave. His first US film was 1974's The Gambler, starring James Caan, followed by others including The French Lieutenant's Woman, which brought Meryl Streep her first Best Actress Oscar nomination in 1981. Screenwriter James Toback says, "His films always had a look of both propriety and elegance. But it was as a superb director of actors - and a creator of stars - on which Karel's esteem rested." For the past decade, Reisz concentrated on directing plays in London, Dublin and Paris. He is survived by his wife, actress Betsy Blair, and three sons, Toby, Matthew and Barney.

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