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London Film Festival 2011: Ones To Watch

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Written by . Published on October 3rd 2011.

London Film Festival 2011: Ones To Watch

ALOHA film fans, and you’ll be happy to hear that it’s currently hotter than Hawaii in London town. And there seems to be a warm glow of appreciation emanating from the BFI this year as early indications point to a number of decent films at the upcoming London Film Festival. The schedulers have done a pretty good job with their selection of films this year. Earlier this week I recommended the gritty British film Junkhearts and there’s an even better film in the shape of Wild Bill.


Wild Bill
People of a certain age will have grown up with Dexter Fletcher in likeable roles such as Spike in Press Gang, Charles in The Rachel Papers and Soap in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Well Mr Fletcher, who also co- wrote the screenplay, has turned his hand at directing and the result is an excellent debut feature, Wild Bill. Bill Hayward (Charlie Creed-Miles) returns home after spending eight years in prison to find his wife gone and his two sons eleven and fifteen years old, fending for themselves. The older son, Dean (Will Poulter) has had to grow up fast getting a job and looking after his little brother. Dean does not want anything to do with his dad, but involvement with the social services lead him to grudgingly strike a deal. Story lines of ex-convicts trying to go straight and of fractious parent/child relationships are nothing new. Throw a tart with a heart character Roxy (Liz White) into the mix and it could be all too familiar territory. But a sharp script which is in turn realistic, funny and moving with well-drawn out central characters elevates Will Bill from feeling derivate or hackneyed.

Wild Bill is showing on the 21 and 23 October at the London Film Festival

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