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Interview with Dave Johns and Ken Loach

6th November 2016 | Films

Interview with Dave Johns and Ken Loach

Daniel Blake, 59, has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the State for the first time in his life.

I, Daniel Blake is the riveting new film from director Ken Loach which has sent shockwaves through the UK about the way the state helps for those in needs.

In the film, Dave Johns plays Daniel Blake.

He crosses paths with a single mother Katie (played by Hayley Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern day Britain.

James Gilmore interviewed Dave Johns and Ken Loach about the film.

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James Gilmore interviews Ken Loach and Dave Johns

James Gilmore interviews actor Dave Johns and director Ken Loach about the new film, I Daniel Blake. (11 minutes)

60th BFI London Film Festival: Trolls Review

9th October 2016 | Films

60th BFI London Film Festival: Trolls Review

The team behind Trolls have a solid track record – with films such as Shrek and Madagascar, you can’t help but feel that DreamWorks finally have a franchise which can threaten the Minions.

A highly-recognisable voice cast, Trolls follows Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) as they go on a quest to save their troll friends from the Bergens, a civilisation who believe that happiness only comes from eating trolls.

As far as animated films go, Trolls is highly recognisable – but, unlike others, the feel-good factor plays in its favour and it knows its audience. The fun-loving, singing, dancing and hugging trolls are less annoying and more relatable than their Despicable counter-parts and, whilst it’s still predictable, the plot has many more twists and is much more original than most recent animated films.

The film also includes covers of songs recognisable for the whole family – such as Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, Lionel Richie’s Hello amongst others. And, as difficult as it is to remember the connection, Justin Timberlake’s original Can’t Stop The Feeling feels right at home at the end of the film.

Trolls doesn’t take itself too seriously, and has the potential to become a franchise. Feel-good, doesn’t take itself too seriously and all together: FUN.

60th BFI London Film Festival: American Honey Review

9th October 2016 | Films

60th BFI London Film Festival: American Honey Review

The last time the world was gathered to the cinema to watch a ‘study into people living’, Richard Linklater and his team swooped up awards internationally. Andrea Arnold’s new film doesn’t quite get away with the three hour running time.

American Honey follows Star (played by Sasha Lane), a teenage girl with nothing (and we mean NOTHING) to lose, who joins Jake (Shia LaBeouf) and his make-shift team of magazines salesmen to try to get their taste of the American dream – whilst getting caught up in the world of hard parting, law bending and young love.

The above synopsis makes it sound like there is a lot to American Honey, but that would be false. Simply put: A girl runs away, joins a group of teenagers trying to make money and falls in love with a boy, somewhat controversially. That sounds fitting for a 90 minute film, but puts question marks on the 163 minute run time.

It’s a fascinating film, and the first two hours go by very quickly as you’re taken on a journey around the Midwest with young people who are genuinely trying to survive on their own. However, constantly waiting for the moment for the frame to widen and the movie to turn a corner – and it never quite happens.

Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf perform excellently (LaBeouf hasn’t pulled off a poor performance in recent times) – but that’s as deep as character development goes. The other 15 cast members are simply a setting and a prop, and the audience are expected to be fascinated by young love for three hours.

As a fly-on-the-wall mockumentary the film works well. It feels highly realistic, and for the most part, it is fascinating. With more plot and character development it…