London Film Festival 2009

The best of the homegrown bunch.

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She, A Chinese She, A Chinese
She, A Chinese and Valhalla Rising
1 Day (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Penny Woolcock; Writer: Penny Woolcock; Stars: Chris Wilson, Dylan Duffus), Trailer
A day in the life of an inner city hustler in Birmingham.
American: The Bill Hicks Story (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Matt Harlock, Paul Thomas; Stars: Kevin Booth, John Farneti, Bill Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Mary Hicks, Steve Hicks, Andy Huggins, David Johndrow, James Ladmirault, Dwight Slade)
Documentary examining the life and legacy of the controversial comic.
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: J Blakeson; Writer: J Blakeson; Stars: Gemma Arterton, Eddie Marsan, Martin Compston)
A claustrophobic thriller about a kidnap where all does not go according to plan.
Don't Worry About Me (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: David Morrissey; Writer: Helen Elizabeth, James Brough, David Morrissey; Stars: James Brough, Helen Elizabeth, Luke Bennett, Thierry Bwaka, Eugene Byrne, Rachel Cain, Chris Carney, Lisa Davies, Patricia Dawson, Hayley Doyle, Beverley Eve, Robbie Gott, Dave Hart, Barbara Hatwell, Richard Helm), Official Site
After a one-night stand goes awry, a Londoner finds himself stranded and skint in Liverpool.
Kicks (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Lindy Heymann; Writer: Leigh Campbell, from a story by Laurence Coriat; Stars: Kerrie Hayes, Nichola Burley, Jamie Doyle, Laura Wallace, Sarah Jane Buckley, Nick Moss, Derek Hicks, Gary Cargill, Chris Lindon), Official Site, Trailer
When a footy star announces a transfer abroad two female fans aim to change his mind... no matter what.
The Scouting Book For Boys The Scouting Book For Boys
The Scouting Book For Boys and American: The Bill Hicks Story
London River (Country: UK, France; Year: 2009; Director: Rachid Bouchareb; Writer: Rachid Bouchareb; Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem), Official Site
Two parents from very different backgrounds hunt their missing children after the London terror attacks.
Mugabe And The White African (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Andrew Thompson, Lucy Bailey)
Documentary charting a white family's solidarity against the Mugabe regime.
Oil City Confidential (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Julien Temple; Stars: Wilko Johnson, John Martin, John B. Sparkes, Lee Brilleaux)
Rockumentary focussing on Dr Feelgood.
The Scouting Book For Boys (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Tom Harper; Writer: Jack Thorne; Stars: Thomas Turgoose, Rafe Spall, Steven Mackintosh, Susan Lynch, Holly Grainger, Tony Maudsley, Ewen MacIntosh, Nicholas Sidi, Lorraine Bruce, Ann Elsley, Phil Pritchard, Sheena Irving, David Frost, Elizabeth Goram-Smith, Jimi James)
A boy agrees to help his best friend run away from the caravan park where they live, but as their plans begin to unravel dark secrets also come to light.
Shed Your Tears and Walk Away (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Jez Lewis)
Documentarian lifts the lid on life in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, the idyllic setting of which belies the underlying substance abuse issues of many of its residents.
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed The Disappearance Of Alice Creed
The Disappearance Of Alice Creed and Mugabe And The White African
She, A Chinese (Zhongguo Guniang) (Country: UK, France, Germany; Year: 2009; Director: Xiaolu Guo; Writer: Xiaolu Guo; Stars: Lu Huang, Wei Yi Bo, Geoffrey Hutchings, Chris Ryman, Hsinyi Liu)
Journey of self-discovery for a young Chinese woman tired of the provinces.
Starsuckers (Country: UK; Year: 2009; Director: Chris Atkins; Writer: Chris Atkins; Stars: Rupert Degas, Jake Halpern, Mark Griffiths, John Hilary, Ellis Cashmore, Park Dietz, Drew Pinsky, Chris Rojek, Carol Craig, Nick Davies, Robin Dunbar, John Smeaton, Lesley Autrey, Robert Russell, Max Clifford), Official Site, Trailer
Documentary casting a spotlight on celebrity culture and the people who generate - or bury - the stars.
Valhalla Rising (Country: UK, Denmark; Year: 2009; Director: Nicolas Winding Refn; Writer: Roy Jacobsen, Nicolas Winding Refn; Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Gary Lewis, Jamie Sives, Maarten Steven, Ewan Stewart, Alexander Morton, Callum Mitchell, Andrew Flannagan, Gary McCormack, Douglas Russell, Stewart Porter, Gordon Brown, Matthew Zajac, Robert Harrison, Rony Bridges, James Ramsey), Official Site, Trailer
Early medieval epic about a mute warrior who escapes his captors with the slave who tends him.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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