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88% #OutOf100: Small Town Crime A Hugely Enjoyable Darkly Comic Neo-Noir Thriller.

Co-written and co-directed by brothers Eshom and Ian Nelms, Small Town Crime is an engaging neo-noir melodrama which demonstrates respectful nods to Peter Yates’ Bullitt (1968) and Elmore Leonard. (Get Shorty, 1995, Jackie Brown, 1997, Out of Sight, 1998, Justified, 2010-15). Mike Kendall (John Hawkes – American Gangster, 2007, Lincoln, 2012, Deadwood, 2004-06) is in an unrepentant self-destructive downward spiral. His self-loathing only lets up around adopted sister Kelly Banks (Octavia Spencer, who also executive produces) or at any hint of getting his old job back, despite the active discouragement of his former colleagues (Michael Vartan, Alias, 2001-06, and Daniel...

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68% #OUTOF100: “I Am Not A Witch” Surprisingly Unsure Of Itself #LFF2017

I Am Not a Witch is not only showing at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival, but was lately selected for prestigious Toronto, and premiered earlier this year in Cannes Director’s Fortnight. Add to that, the young Wales-based Zambian-Brit film maker Rungano Nyoni’s shortlist for the £50K IWC Schaffhausen / BFI Film Maker’s Bursary award, and the buzz around this, her first feature, plus the full house at LFF Picturehouse Central screen 2, was understandable. A small, silent girl with big eyes (Margaret Mulubwa) suddenly appears in a small rural Zambian village. Life is hard, made worse by a...

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85% #OUTOF100: “The Final Year” Shows The Obama Administration’s Dedication To America’s Former Global Leadership

The Final Year is Greg Barker’s (Manhunt, LFF 2013 Documentary Competition) intimate, fly-on-the-wall record of captivating moments from the year-long curtain call for the Obama administration. If you have never seen a documentary on the subject of Barack Obama, the 44th and first African American President of the United States, this isn’t the place to start. For that, see Inside Obama’s White House, BBC 2, a 4-part 2016 documentation of his administration from election to the dawn of his second term. Obama is interestingly sidelined in favour of his more accessible inner circle, more accurately key players in the much-maligned-by-Republicans foreign...

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I Am Not A Witch, Director Rungano Nyoni Makes Shortlist For £50k IWC Schaffhausen/BFI Bursary Award!

At an event this morning at BFI Southbank, the three finalists vying for the second IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award in Association with the BFI were revealed by Sam Lavender. At £50,000, it is the most significant bursary of its kind in the UK film industry. Hope Dickson Leach won the inaugural Bursary in 2016 when her debut feature The Levelling had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival. The film went on to be released in May 2017 to great critical acclaim. Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, 2010, Les Miserables, 2012, The Danish Girl, 2015) will...

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95% Out of 100: Clarke Peters’ Revival “Five Guys Named Moe” A Glorious Tribute To Jump Blues Pioneer Louis Jordan

Five Guys Named Moe is the revival of a full-bellied tribute to ‘King of The Jukeboxes’ Louis Jordan (1908-75) and his Jump Blues (or jump jivin’) legacy. It merges a book by stage and screen legend and TBB Treasure Clarke Peters [1] and Jordan’s greatest hits, covering everything from Hot Jazz through to  Boogie Woogie Blues. And it is a must-see! With drum & base legend Goldie’s recent video [2] claiming music as an escape to shut out the noise and be transported to a better place of endless possibilities, it should be acknowledged that no-one knows this better than...

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80% #OutOf100: Richie Campbell & Chu Omambala Lend Solid Support to ITV’s Latest Thriller “Liar”

From Two Brothers Productions comes Liar, ITV’s latest ’emotional thriller’, starring Joanne Froggatt, (Downton Abbey) and Ioan Gruffudd (UnREAL, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, Fantastic Four) with central support from Zoë Tapper (Mr. Selfridge), Warren Brown (Luther) and TBB Favourite Richie Campbell (NW, The Frankenstein Chronicles). Set in and around Kent, Laura Nielsen (Froggatt) is an attractive, smart woman, a dedicated, popular teacher, outspoken and strong-willed, with an independent streak. She is also a committed solo kayaker. She has a wry wit, which she is quick to use at any approach from a man. She is emerging...

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92% #OutOf100: Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Jeanine de Bique Shine With The “Chineke! Orchestra” in Prom 62

On August 30th, the late night Prom hosted the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts debut of the Chineke! Orchestra, and it was an unequivocal triumph, despite its disappointing time slot! Classical Nigerian-Irish Londoner and double bassist Chinyere Adah “Chi Chi” Nwanoku, OBE, has an eclectic, distinguished career, which goes from strength to strength. As a professor of Historical Double Bass Studies at the Royal Academy of Music and founder-member, her latest triumph comes after the incredible achievement of pulling together not just Britain’s, but Europe’s, first professional (and associated junior) BME-majority classical orchestra. Named the Igbo translation of “God makes/creates“,...

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Iconic London Restaurant ‘The Ivy’ Still In Safe Hands With Exec Chef Gary Lee In Its Centenary Year!

Gary Lee is the executive chef at one of London’s most iconic and sought-after restaurants – The Ivy, on the Covent Garden/Cambridge Circus border. The Chingford native was busy being mediocre in art at school, when some friends suggested he join them in home economics. He finished top of the class and never looked back.

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60% #OutOf100: Boyega Underused in Bigelow & Boal’s Baffling “Detroit”

Detroit, set in July 1967, 24 years after the Detroit race riots of 1943, begins when an African American detective, Officer Frank (Chris Chalk), leads the raid of an overcrowded ‘blind pig’ (illegal club lock-in) on 12th Street, organised to celebrate the safe return of two African American war veterans. Someone from the growing crowd of onlookers hurls a petrol bomb towards the authorities, triggering civil unrest, looting and vandalism across 100 square blocks of the poorest African American neighbourhoods. It lasts five days. A day later, we meet Officers Philip Krauss (Will Poulter), Demens (Jack Reynor) and Flynn...

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