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London Film Festival 2022: Opening Gala film, ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical’ – Alisha Weir (Matilda) and Sindhu Vee… (video)

Watch our video and read our review… More updates on LFF to follow (tomorrow) see below

FIND out what’s the naughtiest thing comedian and actor Sindhu Vee did when she was young – as we talk to the talent behind the film which will release in the UK on November 23.
Tricia Tuttle, BFI Festival director tells us why she wanted this to be the Opening Film of the 66th London Film Festival (October 5-16).

Roal Dahl’s Matilda – The Musical
DYNAMIC and over the top in places, ‘Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical’ completely embodies the sheer exuberance and joy of the original stage version.
Directed by Matthew Warchus with music by Tim Minchin, the same creatives behind the stage show – this is an infectious, high energy, comic (in sections) enjoyable ride.
Matilda, played by the excellent and adorable Alisha Weir, is a precocious child, born to parents who neither like nor care to understand her.
Stephen Graham as her Dad is in comic cockney overdrive, while mum Andrea Riseborough, plays her thoroughly disinterested mother.
Smart, caring and hugely imaginative, Matilda entertains her one adult friend – Mrs Phelps (Vee), who runs the travelling library, with a tale about an escapologist and his equally talented and able wife.
Interestingly, this couple are black and are connected to the horrible head teacher Miss Trunchbull (Emma Thompson) who runs Matilda’s school.
Trunchbull is vindictive, cruel and utterly devoid of humour and seems totally unsuitable to her role, whereas her one young and committed staff member, the teacher, Miss Honey, (Lashana Lynch) is a delight and inspires the children and shields them from the worst of Trunchbull.
This is a lovely family entertainer and contains elements of all the best family British films of recent times and is sure to be a festive cracker. ACV rating: ****

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture