Madagascar Skin (1995)

CHRIS NEWBY Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB United Kingdom, 1995. British Film Institute, Channel Four Films, Dan Films. Screenplay by Chris Newby. Cinematography by Oliver Curtis. Produced by Julie Baines. Production Design by Paul Cross. Costume Design by Annie Symons. Film Editing by Chris Newby, Annabel Ware. The unpleasant trappings of this tale of…

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Benediction (2021)

TERENCE DAVIES Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB United Kingdom/USA, 2021. EMU Films, BBC Films, British Film Institute, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment, Lipsync Productions, Creative England. Screenplay by Terence Davies. Cinematography by Nicola Daley. Produced by Michael Elliott. Music by Ed Bailie, Abi Leland. Production Design by Andy Harris. Costume Design by Annie Symons. Film Editing by…

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King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

GUY RITCHIE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   USA, 2017.  Warner Bros., Village Roadshow Pictures, Weed Road Pictures, Safehouse Pictures, Wigram Productions.  Story by David Dobkin, Joby Harold, Screenplay by Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Lionel Wigram.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Steve Clark-Hall, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, Guy Ritchie, Tory Tunnell, Lionel Wigram.  Music by Daniel Pemberton.  Production Design by Gemma Jackson.  Costume Design…

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Glorious 39 (2009)

STEPHEN POLIAKOFF Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  United Kingdom, 2009.  BBC Films, UK Film Council, Screen East Content Investment Fund, Quickfire Films, Talkback Thames, Magic Light Pictures.  Screenplay by Stephen Poliakoff.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Martin Pope, Barney Reisz.  Music by Adrian Johnston.  Production Design by Mark Leese.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Jason Krasucki.   A young boy…

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Bedrooms And Hallways (1998)

ROSE TROCHE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom, 1998.  Berwin and Dempsey, British Broadcasting Corporation, Pandora Cinema.  Screenplay by Robert Farrar.  Cinematography by Ashley Rowe.  Produced by Dorothy Berwin, Liz Bunton, Ceci Dempsey.  Music by Ian MacPherson, Alfredo D. Troche.  Production Design by Richard Bridgland.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Chris Blunden.   Often amusing examination of the nature of…

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Love Is The Devil: Study For A Portrait Of Francis Bacon (1998)

JOHN MAYBURY Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  United Kingdom/France/Japan, 1998.  BBC Films, British Film Institute, Arts Council of England, Première Heure, Uplink, Partners In Crime, State.  Screenplay by John Maybury.  Cinematography by John Mathieson.  Produced by Chiara Menage.  Music by Ryûichi Sakamoto.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Daniel Goddard.   Absorbing and sometimes shocking look at the…

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The Garden (1990)

DEREK JARMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  United Kingdom/Germany, 1990.  Basilisk Communications, Channel 4, British Screen Productions, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Uplink, Sohbi Kikaku, Space Shower TV.  Cinematography by Christopher Hughes.  Produced by James Mackay.  Music by Simon Fisher-Turner.  Production Design by Derek Brown, Christopher Hobbs.  Costume Design by Annie Symons.  Film Editing by Peter Cartwright.   This confusing film is strictly for diehard fans…

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Saving Grace (2000)

NIGEL COLE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.   One-joke comedy that benefits from the brilliant performance by its beautiful star Brenda Blethyn.  She plays the widow of a seemingly rich man who after death leaves her without a penny in the bank and nothing to protect her from losing her beautiful country home. The solution…

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