Last year’s challenging lockdown inevitably saw the festival go hybrid with fewer physical screenings, and this year’s proceedings have followed suit with a large digital focus. Yes, that means now you can catch some of the premieres virtually from the comfort of your sofa. In order to make the festival more accessible across the country this year, the 159-film-strong programme will be hitting cinema screens not just in the capital, but all across the UK, including Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Cardiff.
Of late, LFF has made efforts to address the issue of gender disparity within cinema, and this year, 39% of the programme is led by female and non-binary filmmakers (down 1% on last year's offering).
From explosive Black westerns, to tearjerking biopics and Paul Mescal dramas, here are the 10 films not to miss...
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via FacebookMONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA—The 144 men, women and children summoned to church, robed in white, found themselves witnessing a macabre ritual of sacrificial death and facing the long arms of police and military personnel.The hellish nightmare played out in the Jamaican city of Montego Bay on the night of Sunday, Oct. 17, in contravention of a government decree that, with a few exceptions, there should be no movement islandwide in keeping with ongoing efforts to contain the spread of the dead
Mexico’s richest man reached an agreement with Mexico City authorities Wednesday to rebuild or reinforce an elevated subway line that collapsed in May, killing 26 people. Telecom and construction magnate Carlos Slim said his Grupo Carso’s construction subsidiary would pay the cost of rebuilding the span that collapsed, and reinforcing other parts of the elevated line to meet higher standards in a city plagued with severe earthquakes. Grupo Carso said in a statement to the country’s stock market that the outlay did not constitute any admission of responsibility for the collapse, and would not “materially affect” the company’s business.
Protesters gathered in Westminster, London, on October 20, to object to a controversial new law that the UK Home Office says will “fix the broken asylum system.”The Nationality and Borders Bill, backed by Home Secretary Priti Patel, has not yet been passed into law. The UK government said the proposed bill seeks to address asylum seekers who enter the UK illegally but has drawn criticism from human rights organisations and immigrations lawyers. The UN Refugee Agency said the new legislation could violate international law.Footage shared by SNP MP Alison Thewliss shows crowds demonstrating on Parliament Square against what she calls a “despicable and cruel” bill. Credit: Alison Thewliss MP via Storyful
Bail was denied Wednesday for a former Silicon Valley mother accused of hosting alcohol-fueled parties for her teenage son and his friends where she encouraged them to drink and have sex with intoxicated underage girls. Shannon Marie O'Connor, 47, appeared for arraignment in a Santa Clara courtroom where a judge also issued 15 protective orders for people authorities say were victims, including one of her two teenage sons, the San Jose Mercury News reported. Defense attorney Sam Polverino argued that the prosecution’s successful request to deny bail for his client denied her rights and was “inconsistent with due process,” the Mercury News said.
NEWTON, Mass., October 20, 2021--Thrive Acquisition Corporation (the "Company") today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 15,000,000 units at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on the Nasdaq Global Market ("Nasdaq") and trade under the ticker symbol "THAC.U" beginning October 21, 2021. Each unit consists of one Class A ordinary share of the Company and one-half of one redeemable warrant with each whole warrant exercisable to purchase one Class A ordinary sha
USA Rugby has launched its bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or 2031, aiming to become the first country in North or South America to stage the men's tournament. The announcement on Wednesday puts USA Rugby in direct competition with Australia for hosting duties in 2027. “After working on this for a year now, we are confident in the strength of this bid, the support around us, the cities and stadiums interested in hosting, our country’s top-level infrastructure for large-scale sports events and the opportunity the U.S. population of sports fans presents for rugby’s growth,” Jim Brown, USA Rugby's bid leader, said in a statement.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday authorized COVID-19 boosters for millions more Americans, giving a green light for third shots to Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients. The FDA also said it will allow people eligible for a booster to mix and match doses. The FDA decision paves the way for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make an official recommendation to the public.