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61st BFI London Film Festival: The Final Year Review

The look into what the office of the President looks like day-to-day in Washington DC could be most valuable in 4... or 8 years

61st BFI London Film Festival: The Final Year Review

Living in the Trump Presidency seems scary. It feels like this era has lasted for years, yet it’s not even been a year since Donald Trump assumed office. At the BFI London Film Festival, Greg Barker follows President Obama’s foreign policy year for The Final Year.

Boasting a highly influential cast: Ben Rhodes (Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications aka Obama’s Speechwriter), Samantha Power (US Ambassador to the UN), John Kerry (Secretary of State) and Susan Rice (National Security Advisor) alongside President Obama himself, Barker successfully counts down the final year of Obama’s Presidency – showing what was actually happening behind the scenes whilst the team were attempting to make their final big breakthroughs before the Presidency ended.


The documentary is inspiring and – whilst being very biased – does give an accurate look into what life must be like with that level of power.…

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61st BFI London Film Festival: Battle of the Sexes Review

The battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs is moving and inspiring in equal measure...

61st BFI London Film Festival: Battle of the Sexes Review

The American Express Gala at the BFI London Film Festival this year was Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carrell.

Based on the truly inspirational story of Billie Jean King (tennis star-turned-activist who demanded equal pay for women against all odds), the film is a stark reminder of just how slow some of the necessary progress has been over the past five decades.


Set in the early 1970s, Steve Carrell plays Bobby Riggs – a washed out tennis champion looking for his opportunity once again. Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King, who is at the top of her game in tennis whilst combatting the everyday sexism which the industry has gotten too used to.

During the first half, film makers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris focus on the creation of the ‘Virginia Slims Circuit’ (now known as the Women’s Tennis Association) –…

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On The Rise: Tayá

Tayá oozes cool in the way that a suited man in a 1960s jazz bar thinks he's cool. Only Tayá is actually cool (and less greasy).

On The Rise: Tayá

Flashback: It’s the 1960s, you’re a smartly dressed gentleman walking into a jazz lounge. Whilst puffing on your cigar, you make your way to the bar and ask for “one on the rocks” in a husky voice. Suddenly a voice appears from the stage. It’s cool and calm – a bit poppier than the jazz you were expecting – but still this is something you can “get down with”*.

Introducing: Tayá

*(For historical purposes, we’re not sure that the phrase “get down with” was used in the 1960s).


Why did we start this week’s On The Rise with that flashback? Because Tayá oozes the same levels of cool that you probably thought you had if you were that man in the 1960s. Only, now we’re in 2017, we know that Tayá is much cooler (and less greasy).

The Liverpool-based artist produces music which is…

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