Victoria and Abdul (2017)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2017.   BBC Films, Cross Street Films, Perfect World Pictures, Working Title Films.   Screenplay by Lee Hall, based on the book by Shrabani Basu.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Beeban Kidron, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Thomas Newman.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing…

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Great Directors (2009)

ANGELA ISMAILOS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 2009.  Anisma Films.  Screenplay by Angela Ismailos.  Cinematography by John Pirozzi.  Produced by Patricia Romeu.  Music by Joel Douek.  Film Editing by Christina Burchard, Sabine Hoffman.  Angela Ismailos travels the world interviewing filmmakers of note and having them speak on camera about their experiences and achievements.  A wonderful assortment of artists are happy to share their…

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Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   United Kingdom, 2016.  Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International, BBC Films.  Screenplay by Nicholas Martin.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Michael Kuhn, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Academy Awards 2016.  Golden Globe Awards 2016. Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016. Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl…

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The Program (2015)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  United Kingdom/France, 2015.  Anton Capital Entertainment, StudioCanal, Working Title Films.  Screenplay by John Hodge, based on the book by David Walsh.  Cinematography by Danny Cohen.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Tracey Seaward, Kate Solomon.  Music by Alex Heffes.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald.  Costume Design by Jane Petrie.  Film Editing by Valerio Bonelli.  Toronto International…

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Philomena (2013)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA/France, 2013.  The Weinstein Company, Yucaipa Films, Pathe, BBC Films, British Film Institute, Canal+, Cine+, Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae Films, Baby Cow Films.  Screenplay by Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.  Cinematography by Robbie Ryan.  Produced by Steve Coogan,…

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Cheri (2009)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   United Kingdom/France/Germany, 2009.  Bill Kenwright Films, Pathé, UK Film Council, Aramid Entertainment Fund, MMC Studios, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Tiggy Films, France 3 Cinéma, Canal+, Banque Populaire Images 9, Région Ile-de-France, Cheri Productions, Pathé Renn Productions, Erste MMC-Production, Centre National de la Cinématographie, National Lottery through UK Film Council.  Screenplay…

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The Queen (2006)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom/France/Italy, 2006.  Pathe Pictures International, Granada Film Productions, Pathé Renn Productions, BIM Distribuzione, France 3 Cinema, Canal+, Future Films, Scott Rudin Productions.  Screenplay by Peter Morgan.  Cinematography by Affonso Beato.  Produced by Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Alexandre Desplat.  Production Design by Alan MacDonald. Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Lucia…

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Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2005.   Pathe Pictures, BBC Films, Future Films, Micro Fusion, The Weinstein Company, UK Film Council, Heyman-Hoskins Productions, Mrs. Henderson Productions Ltd., Pathe Pictures International.  Screenplay by Martin Sherman, idea by David Rose, Kathy Rose,based on the book by Sheila van Damm.  Cinematography by Andrew Dunn.  Produced by Norma Heyman.  Music by George…

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Dirty Pretty Things (2002)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   United Kingdom, 2002.  BBC Films, Celador Films, Jonescompany Productions.  Screenplay by Steven Knight.  Cinematography by Chris Menges.  Produced by Robert Jones, Tracey Seaward.  Music by Nathan Larson.  Production Design by Hugo Luczyc-Wyshowski.  Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley.  Academy Awards 2003.   National Board of Review Awards 2003.  Online Film Critics Awards 2003.   Toronto…

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High Fidelity (2000)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom/USA, 2000.  Touchstone Pictures, Working Title Films, Dogstar Films, New Crime Productions.  Screenplay by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, Scott Rosenberg, based on the book by Nick Hornby.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Tim Bevan, Rudd Simmons.  Music by Howard Shore.  Production Design by David Chapman, Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by Laura…

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Mary Reilly (1996)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1996.  NFH Productions, TriStar Pictures.  Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel by Valerie Martin.  Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot.  Produced by Norma Heyman, Nancy Graham Tanen, Ned Tanen.  Music by George Fenton.  Production Design by Stuart Craig.  Costume Design by Consolata Boyle.  Film Editing by Lesley Walker. Terrifying, moody thriller that tells the story of…

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The Hit (1984)

STEPHEN FREARS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   United Kingdom, 1984.  Zenith Entertainment, Recorded Picture Company, Central Productions Ltd..  Screenplay by Peter Prince.  Cinematography by Mike Molloy.  Produced by Jeremy Thomas.  Music by Paco de Lucía.  Production Design by Andrew Sanders.  Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film Editing by Mick Audsley. Independent Spirit Awards 1985.   Toronto International Film Festival 1984. British criminal Terence Stamp goes into…

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