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Introducing: Olivia Sebastianelli

“I’m really close to finding the perfect sound”, says Olivia Sebastianelli on the latest stage in her remarkable life-long musical journey. The teenage singer songwriter has a maturity forged in years of heaving her guitar around “every live music place in London”. Now, her soulful voice, deep lyricism, and gutsy determination have won her the […]

Interview with Monia Chokri

When you are gifted a tailor-made lead in a feature film by an exciting indie filmmaker, “you just have to do it”. This is even more so when French Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan is behind the lenses, fresh from his bruising debut I Killed My Mother (2009). Quebec actress Monia Chokri is in London this […]

Film Review: Heartbeats

Ever since the release of Xavier Dolan’s I Killed My Mother (2009), indie fans have embraced a new talisman.  His breakthrough film was a stunning portrayal of youthful malaise, drawing comparisons to the ultimate enfant terrible, Catcher in the Rye’s (1951) Holden Caulfield.  The French Canadian’s eagerly awaited return, Heartbeats (2010), swaps teen angst for […]

DVD Review: Louise-Michel

Drawing inspiration and its title from an 18th century French anarchist, Louise-Michel (2008) is a black comedy with capitalism in its crosshairs.  While its belated DVD release is set to gain a wider audience due to frustration over the recession, its muddled message shoots wide of the target. A group of ex-factory workers in Picardie […]

Film Review:The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

If you’re looking for a comic book fix this spring that delivers a hammer blow to your senses, Thor isn’t the only option.  While the Viking muscles his way to box office glory, a little known French heroine proves she is more than a match for the Marvel superstar.  Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of […]

In Profile: David Benson

No one can accuse David Benson of being a wallflower.  Since exploding onto the fringe theatre scene in 1996 with a blistering portrayal of Kenneth Williams, his uncanny impressions have won him national acclaim.  However, this is no ordinary comedian; his one-man shows penetrate the psyche of his characters and himself, exposing raw and often […]

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