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Duration: 50 minutes

In a special edition of The Review Show from London, Mark Kermode and guests Giles Coren, Leslie Felperin and Sarfraz Manzoor discuss highlights of the 56th BFI London Film Festival, including Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, which opened the festival, Salman Rushdie's adaptation of his own novel Midnight's Children, and Good Vibrations, the story of a legendary Belfast record shop.

  • The 56th BFI London Film Festival

    The 56th London Film Festival tries to offer something for all tastes: mainstream movies, cult curiosities and provocative documentaries; a total of 227 features and 111 shorts, from 68 countries. Tonight in a Review Show special we review some of the highlights.

  • Frankenweenie


    The Festival opened with Frankenweenie, Gothic maestro Tim Burton’s full-length directorial debut for Disney, a stop-motion 3D vision of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for children. It’s the story of a lonely young Victor Frankenstein, his attempts to reanimate the corpse of his beloved pet dog by harnessing the power of lightning in his attic laboratory, and the unintended consequences which follow. Likened in visual style to The Nightmare Before Christmas, is this a Tim Burton classic?

  • Midnight's Children

    Midnight's Children

    Based on Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize-winning novel, and adapted and narrated by Rusdhie himself, Deepa Mehta’s film is the allegorical tale of Saleem Sinai, a boy born with magical powers at the exact moment of Indian Independence, who lives through the nation’s turbulent early years. Romance and tragedy play out against a backdrop of history and politics in an epic sweep of narrative. So has Mehta succeeded in adapting what has long been considered an ‘unfilmable’ work of magic realism?

    Midnight's Children at London Film Festival
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist

    Mira Nair’s latest film also sets personal stories against a background of political uncertainty, and is also adapted from a bestselling book, by Mohsin Hamid. Riz Ahmed plays Changez Khan, a Wall Street trader who returns to his native Lahore after becoming the object of suspicion following the 9/11 attacks. Part political thriller, part romance, recording Changez’s rocky relationship with a photographer, played by Kate Hudson, at the film’s core is a tense conversation between Changez and an American journalist (Liev Schreiber) which raises concerns about radicalism and the relationship between east and west.

    The Reluctant Fundamentalist at London Film Festival
  • Good Vibrations

    Good Vibrations

    Good Vibrations immortalises the Godfather of Ulster Punk, Terri Hooley. With the backdrop of the Belfast Troubles in the 1970s, the story unveils one man’s enthusiasm for freedom of expression. Terri Hooley created an Alternative Ulster, a place which provided young people with an outlet away from the misery and conflict of the everyday. Discovering The Undertones in 1978 and offering to produce their record proved a battle for Hooley as he fought from a corner of the world that people had all but forgotten.

    Good Vibrations at London Film Festival


Mark Kermode
Giles Coren
Sarfraz Manzoor
Executive Producer
Andrew Lockyer


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