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Lisa Giles-Keddie

Fierce film reviewer and former BFI staffer, Lisa is partial to any Jack Nicholson flick. She also masquerades as a broadcast journalist, waiting for the day she can use her Criminology & Criminal Justice-trained mind like a female Cracker.

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    The Quiet Ones Review


    Hammer Films attempt to recapture its glory days with new horror The Quiet Ones, designed to play mind games while gradually unsettling the viewer as to the ethics of what transpires. It all sounds like a solid, nostalgic premise with a touch of the demonic – though reliant on our faith in what we’re witnessing […]

    Ironclad 2: Battle For Blood Review


    Writer-director Jonathan English got surprisingly lucky with the first Ironclad (2011) film, as it offered a thrilling/shocking blood thirst of video-gaming proportions, as well as an impressive cast, including Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Charles Dance and the dashing James Purefoy. Still set in the harsh surroundings of 13th Century Britain, post the Great […]

    Plot For Peace Review


    The opening shot to this fascinating documentary shows an unassuming man playing a card game, accompanied by a voiceover. The setting itself feels theatrical, as though subsequent events are a new fictional-feature spin on the release of one of the world’s most iconic statesmen, Nelson Mandela, and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. We […]

    The Stag Review


    The mighty stag still holds a lot of comedy value, so much so Jon Turteltaub tried to do a geriatric version of The Hangover recently with Last Vegas that spawned a lukewarm response, even with a stellar cast onboard. Debut writer-director John Butler has tried to cash in on this fertile ground with his Irish […]

    Powder Room Review


    The term ‘ladette’ is out-modish but once upon a time would have been apt in describing the female characters in debut director M.J. Delaney’s new Brit chick flick, Powder Room. All-female comedy has come a long way since, without the need for a weepy and superfluous romance. This is a cack-handed confidence boost in the […]

    LKFF 2013: Flu Review


    It’s the perfect time of year for a scary movie about killer flu wiping out a population. Simply named Flu, this is a typical disaster movie, South Korean style, from The Warrior writer-director Sung-su Kim. However, it contains the drama within the boundaries of the district of Bundang, the suburb of Seoul – supposedly one […]

    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Review


    Jackass front man Johnny Knoxville resurrects OAP character Irving Zisman for his very own movie, Bad Grandpa. We first saw the 90-year-old’s high jinx back on MTV in 2001. He seems to be doing well and aging backwards as he’s now 86 years old in this – must be the fresh cheek of youth rubbing […]

    LFF 2013: The Past Review


    Exciting Iranian director Asghar Farhadi of Oscar-winning A Separation (2011) returns with French drama The Past (Le passé) that again touches on the remnants of divorce and its effects on the family. Far from being just an intense and deeply emotional experience – as most French relationship dramas tend to be, this one weaves in […]

    LFF 2013: The Armstrong Lie Review


    Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, winner of the LFF 2012 Best Documentary prize for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God returns this year with an equally absorbing film that literally puts professional cyclist Lance Armstrong on the spot. Oprah has been there, trying to get the truth. Now it’s Gibney’s turn, especially […]

    LFF 2013: Leave To Remain Review


    TV documentary filmmaker director Bruce Goodison spent three years making this film with real asylum seekers to gain a more authentic voice to the immigration story. He also trained them in filmmaking so they could tell the stories from their perspective, within a fictional context (co-written by Goodison and Charlotte Colbert). The result is a […]

    LFF 2013: Sixteen Review


    A former child soldier from the Congo trying to fit into the English way of life promises an intriguing storyline and adaptation to the usual, tired, gritty, inner-city drama set on a London sink estate. Debut feature-filmmaker Rob Brown, whose background is award-winning short filmmaking, has all the possibilities at his finger tips but fails […]

    LFF 2013: Blackwood Review


    Families moving into creepy haunted houses then things going bump in the night are the backbone of horror. It’s finding that slight tweak to the usual tropes that keeps things fresh. Debut filmmakers, director Adam Wimpenny and writer J.S. Hill have attempted that with British horror Blackwood, combining a traditional haunting with a psychological crime […]

    LFF 2013: Afternoon Delight Review


    Writer-director Jill Soloway does for Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) what Paul Feig did for Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, and given a very naturally funny lady a leading role – albeit, Wiig did co-write herself a part in the 2011 film. Hahn is a total triumph as bored, affluent Jewish housewife Rachel who has access to […]

    LFF 2013: Mystery Road Review


    Beneath Clouds (2002) writer-director Ivan Sen has found a pitch-perfect niche in the crime-thriller genre with his new film Mystery Road, set in the Australian outback. This marvellously atmospheric and sumptuous-looking film has all the mellow attitude of a western, pausing to take in panoramic, burnt-orange sunrises and sunsets, while punctuated by bursts of action […]

    LFF 2013: The Congress Review


    Waltz With Bashir animator Ari Folman takes on the advancing techno nature of the Hollywood film industry in his hybrid (live action/animation), political sci-fi The Congress. It’s hard to distinguish whether the film itself or the myriad of ideas it boldly flags deserve the true credit. Debate aside, Folman uses animation to illustrate the ‘death […]

    LFF 2013: Becoming Traviata Review


    After the sumptuous promise of the rousing La Traviata (The Strayed Woman) operatic music filling the senses, the second thought that springs to mind when beginning to watch this docu-opera is, why is Pierre from Channel 4’s creepy The Returned taking time out from harbouring zombies to masquerading as a theatre/opera director? It throws you […]

    LFF 2013: As I Lay Dying Review


    ‘As I Sat Dying’ might be a more accurate description of actor-director James Franco’s latest, ambitious cinematic ode to another great American literary genius, with his screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s novel of the same name, As I Lay Dying. If the ye ol’ Deep Southern drawl is not easy to tune, Franco’s use of […]

    LFF 2013: The Selfish Giant Review


    There is an astonishing amount of raw young talent that is deliciously unearthed occasionally with the right eye and direction. The Arbor writer-director Clio Barnard brings this to a purely fictional piece to this year’s BFI London Film Festival, executed with all the social realism as her intriguing 2010, non-linear pseudo-documentary. The Selfish Giant, winner […]

    LFF 2013: Starred Up Review


    Referring to youth offenders sent to adult prisons because of their violent behaviour, Starred Up sounds like another gritty prison drama, as depressingly abundant in British cinema as the gritty gang-related flicks set on sink estates in the capital. In fact, Young Adam director David Mackenzie and debut screenwriter Jonathan Asser’s pressure cooker of incarcerated […]

    LFF 2013: Gloria Review


    Cinematic portrayals of the trials and tribulations of a more mature love saga usually go hand in hand with an obvious comedic sentiment that forgives any flaws or misdemeanours in the actions of the older protagonist. In 1989’s Shirley Valentine, say, the middle-aged heroine played by Pauline Collins was mocked for having a mid-life crisis, […]

    LFF 2013: Me, Myself and Mum Review


    Self-depreciating comedy has never been better presented or as immensely enjoyable in recent years as the new ‘my life story’ from French actor-film director and Comédie-Française Company member Guillaume Gallienne, Me, Myself and Mum – winner of the Directors’ Fortnight Award at Cannes 2013. Gallienne’s memorable, camp portrayal combines a sometimes fluffy, sometimes achingly poignant […]