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LIFF names two NZ titles

The London International Film Festival (LIFF) gets a long and a short from this end of world, both titles having played the NZIFF. All up, 193 features and 144 shorts are selected for the festival.

Alison Maclean’s The Rehearsal, which opened the NZIFF, is selected for London’s Dare strand. Ned Wenlock’s Spring Jam (pictured, top) was recently a finalist for the NZIFF’s NZ’s Best. In London it will play in a programme of animated shorts.

The LIFF will open with Amma Asante’s A United Kingdom, which holds its world premiere in Toronto next week. It’s not the only inter-racial marriage drama doing the festival rounds this year (Jeff Nichols’ Cannes-premiered Loving being the other high-profile title) but the story is a British rather than American one.

Race is a theme explored in different ways in all three of the Australian feature selections for London this year. Ivan Sen’s Goldstone is named in the Official Competition line-up; Eva Orner’s Chasing Asylum competes in the Documentary competition; Abe Forsythe’s comedy Down Under plays in the Laugh strand.

Goldstone

Goldstone

The festival will close with Free Fire by Ben Wheatley, whose High-Rise is currently doing the IFF rounds including screenings in this year’s Incredibly Strange selection at the NZIFF.

The London International Film Festival runs 5 – 16 October.

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