LFF 2016 Highlights Part 2

The BFI London Film Festival has come to a close after another year of some striking and wonderful films. Some brilliant films have already screened in the first week. Here is part 2 of the LFF 2016 highlights…

LFF 2016 Unmissable

Nocturnal Animals

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is a sumptuous and tense film. The director keeps viewers captivated throughout. Ford’s wonderful directorial debut A Single Man would have many keen to know what he would do next in the cinematic sphere. Despite the recess, this sophomore picture does not disappoint. READ MORE


Martin Koolhoven’s film is unrelenting and unforgiving. Brimstone can be difficult to watch, but it enthrals nevertheless. Brutish and bruising, Brimstone is a thriller that does not know when to quit. But make no mistake, this is a good thing. READ MORE



Garth Davis’ Lion is a genuinely emotional drama with great performances from its cast. Lion is an affirming story which does not shy away from some harsh realities. A fantastic watch. READ MORE

LFF 2016 Best of the Rest


Paul Verhoeven’s Elle absorbs, entertains, and intrigues. After a lengthy break, Verhoeven reminds viewers exactly why he is a great filmmaker. Based on the novel by Philippe Dijan, Elle is a curious and rewarding feature. READ MORE

Free Fire

After the disappointing High-Rise, Ben Wheatley impresses with Free Fire. The film is contagiously fun. Writer-director Ben Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump have created a very entertaining film with Free Fire. READ MORE



Alice Lowe’s black comedy Prevenge is a fun watch. A quirky premise is transformed into an entertaining film. Writer, director, and star Alice Lowe has created an off-the-wall dark comedy with Prevenge. The premise is original and amusing, and the film itself follows suit. READ MORE

Lake Bodom (Bodom)

Lake Bodom (Bodom) is a very entertaining horror-thriller. The film defies expectations, in a tantalising way. Director and co-writer Taneli Mustonen has created an interesting horror thriller with Lake Bodom. READ MORE

The BFI London Film Festival ran from 5th-16th October 2016.

Film Review: Prevenge


Alice Lowe’s black comedy Prevenge is a fun watch. A quirky premise is transformed into an entertaining film.

Heavily-pregnant Ruth is on a mission. She is full of murderous rage, and hellbent on getting revenge. Ruth’s unsuspecting victims have no idea what is in for them…

Writer, director, and star Alice Lowe has created an off-the-wall dark comedy with Prevenge. The premise is original and amusing, and the film itself follows suit. The film does not reveal too much about the reason Ruth is going on a killing spree to begin with. Lowe careful leaks details and context as the film progresses, keeping the audience in suspense.

The film starts off being dark but very funny. As the film progresses, it is clear this tone cannot continue for the entire film. If it did, the end result will be a repetitive and inconsequential movie. Therefore Lowe must alter the drive of the film to ensure viewers stay engage. To do this, Lowe bends the genre of Revenge. The film shifts from a dark comedy to a dark drama. There are still laughs in the second half of the film, but there is a more serious tone. This is caused by the reveal of the cause of Ruth’s revenge mission.

There are some great sequences in Prevenge. The film mixes some gory sequences with deadpan humour. Ruth is a good anti-hero; amusement in the character should turn to empathy as the film progresses. The inner dialogue is frequently funny, and sometimes menacing. Other characters are broadly drawn, but function very well to generate humour, and at times disgust. Alice Lowe delivers a good performance as Ruth, aided by her great dialogue. Tom Davis is memorable in a small role.

Prevenge is promising directorial debut from Alice Lowe. The ease in shifting between genres shows her skill as a writer and director.

Prevenge is being screened at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2016.

Film Review: Sightseers

A dull black comedy, Sightseers is a letdown. There are no real laughs to be found in Ben Wheatley’s film.

Despite her mother’s remonstrations, Tina is excited about her trip with boyfriend Chris. He intends to show Tina his world by taking her on a caravan tour. When something goes wrong early on, events take an unusual turn…

Ben Wheatley’s Kill List was not perfect, but it was a promising film. Sightseers, however, does not work at all. As a black comedy, Sightseers simply is not funny. There is not one line or incident that will generate more than a slight titter. The pinpointed jokes are not funny.

With the absence of humour, Sightseers needed a decent story to fall back on. Unfortunately the film fails on this count too. The narrative is dull, it never really goes anywhere, or builds to any heightened finale. The film never fully engages the audience as a result. Sightseers has a mundane beginning, then a twist to proceedings. After this, however, it just plods along until the film reaches its conclusion.

There are some rather graphic depictions in Sightseers. The film is certainly not for the squeamish. Even the acts of violence do not bring any macabre comedy though. The film uses some well known songs, but these do little for the non-existent mood. Performances by Alice Lowe and Steve Oram are fine, it is a pity their screenplay was so lacking.

Sightseers starts off with an aggravating opening sequence and does not really improve from this. One to avoid.

Sightseers is being screened at the London Film Festival in October 2012.