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CUNARD BRITISH FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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By Charlie David Page
31st October 2017

This year's Cunard British Film Festival has an amazing line-up, with some of the hottest films of the next 12 months long before they're officially out in cinemas!

For a full list of the films on offer and to buy tickets, visit www.britishfilmfestival.com.au.

Breathe - A long exhale
BREATHE
Robin Cavendish lived a remarkable life and is a source of inspiration and hope, but there is something about ‘Breathe’ that sort of falls short, turning the breath into more of a yawn.
Mary Shelley - A paint-by-numbers biopic
MARY SHELLEY
‘Mary Shelley’ is a serviceable biopic that features a strong turn from Fanning and decent performances elsewhere but she deserves more than a linear, Wikipedia-style trawl through her life.
The Death of Stalin - Unnerving comedy classic
THE DEATH OF STALIN
It’s crass, ridiculous, gorgeously awkward and impossibly clever, delivered with wit and irreverence by an impeccable cast. It turns so beautifully from comedy to tragedy and back
Jawbone - A hard-hitting tale of boxing and addiction
JAWBONE
This low-budget drama hinges on the ever-watchable trio of Winstone, Smiley and McShane, the commitment of Johnny Harris’ performance and the crackling choreography of the film’s knockout final act.
On Chesil Beach - Sex in the 1960s
ON CHESIL BEACH
First-time director Dominic Cooke demonstrates in ‘On Chesil Beach’ not only how sensitively he can direct actors, but also use the medium as a language based on framing, pacing, editing, and music.
Tulip Fever - Symptoms include nausea and irritability
TULIP FEVER
Immediately noticeable are the tell-tale characteristics of a troubled production process: the patronising use of a narrator to walk the audience through the plot. Shaky camera. Jumpy editing.
How To Talk To Girls At Parties - John Cameron Mitchell's punk sci-fi eleganza
HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES
It’s such a barmy, bat-shit blast of a film that its many flaws can’t rob it of its natural and infectious charm. It’s a sweet romance wrapped in punk philosophy and 70s sci-fi psychedelia.
Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool - A Hollywood romance
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
There’s a surprisingly honest emotional force that the film is somehow able to build and deliver, and Jamie Bell delivers what might just be one of the finest male performances of the year.
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