26 October 2009

London Film Festival blog: day 13

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We are basically in love with Eva Green after seeing Cracks, the film she was promoting last night. The film is the visually gorgeous, utterly glamorous directorial debut of Sir Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan. Set in a girls’ boarding school in the 1930s, it stars the former Bond girl as an enigmatic swimming coach, with up- and-coming actresses Juno Temple and Imogen Poots as her besotted students. It looks absolutely glorious – Eva’s bohemian headbands, jaunty little hats and chic red lipstick totally steal the show.

This weekend also saw the LFF debut of Precious, based on the best-selling book Push by American author Sapphire, about the hardships suffered by an illiterate teen in New York. Guest starring Mariah Carey – in the least amount of make-up you’ve ever seen her in. It’s a far cry from what you would expect of a Mariah project – no butterflies, pink or diamonds here, it’s a harrowing watch about abuse and deprivation. A likely Oscar contender, but not for the faint-hearted.

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On a lighter note, Bunny And The Bull also premiered this weekend and provided the most bizarre red carpet of the festival. The quirky comedy comes from Paul King – the director of The Mighty Boosh – and is about an agoraphobic man who spends the entire film remembering a disastrous trek around Europe he undertook the previous year. It also stars Mighty Boosh alumni Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding, as a dog-loving tramp and as an alcoholic ex-matador respectively. On the red carpet, Julian and Noel frolicked with actors wearing huge fish and shrimp costumes and revealed that there is a Mighty Boosh film and album in the works, due out next year. We can’t wait to find out what that red carpet will look like.


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