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‘Roald Dahl’s The Musical’ (Sindhu Vee); ‘She Said’; and recent release, ‘The Menu’ and ‘The Swimmers’ – films out from LFF 2022

‘Roald Dahl’s The Musical’ (Sindhu Vee); ‘She Said’; and recent release, ‘The Menu’ and ‘The Swimmers’ – films out from LFF 2022

We saw these films at London Film Festival (LFF – October 5-15) and two are coming out this Friday (25), one came out last week and we have news on the Netflix release of ‘The Swimmers’ and its writer-director Sally El Hosaini…

Releasing: Friday (November 25)
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
Director: Matthew Warchus
Actors; Sindhu Vee, Alisha Weir, Emma Thompson, Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch in Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda The Musical’

THIS film opened the London Film Festival (October 5) and is a lot of fun and we very much believe the younger members of the family will like it. There’s a decent quotient of diversity (see this). Sindhu Vee is good as the librarian and confidante of Matilda herself.
Alisha Weir is fabulous and was when we talked to her and Vee on the red carpet in what our first LFF opening gala film coverage.
Full review and red carpet coverage

Releasing: Friday November 25
She Said
Director: Maria Schrader
Actors: Zoe Kazan, Carey Mulligan

Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan)

INCREDIBLE journalistic work is on display in this film about how disgraced film movie producer Harvey Weinstein was finally brought to book.
This looks and feels like a proper film about journalism – dare we say it. Have been in those situations with a crowd around a screen and having to take the decision to press send – to print or screen.
Both Kazan and Mulligan are very good and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz gets a good balance between work, life and family, as the two intrepid journalists go about their investigative work.
It shows the grit, determination and courage sometimes required to take on forces much larger than oneself – though having the backing of the New York Times and then editor Dean Baquet (Andre Braugher) was vital too.
And the film pays rightful homage to the women who first talked about the abuse they had suffered at the hands of Weinstein. Remember it sparked a worldwide movement and the reverberations continue. Must watch.
ACV rating: **** (Out of five)

Released: November 18
The Menu
Director: Mark Mylod
Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult

Mrgot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nichola Hoult)

SATIRE, fun, funny and dark. This was the surprise film at LFF this year and the audience loved it.
Our LFF review –

Released: Today (November 23) on Netflix
The Swimmers
Actors: Nathalie Issa, Manal Issa, Ahmed Malik, James Krishna Floyd

Sally El Hosaini – writer-director ‘The Swimmers

BRITISH (Welsh) Egyptian filmmaker Sally El Hosaini has just talked to us about her film, ‘The Swimmers’ – it also screened at LFF and is now available from today on Netflix, do see it – it is beautiful and a strong reminder that we should celebrate the human spirit in whatever guise we find it. Her story features two sisters who make it out of war-torn Syria in a perilous journey for one of them to realise her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer. Our Zoom video interview will be out shortly – she also gives us a sneak preview into a South Asian British film she is working on with actor James Krishna Floyd, who is also in ‘The Swimmers’. See our interview soon… subscribe to our Youtube channel and don’t miss! More to follow when video is ready…

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Written by Asian Culture Vulture