Here’s Love London Love Culture’s favourite films of the last twelve months…
Judy: this brilliantly sensitive biography focusing on the final months of Judy Garland’s life was a major highlight of the year. It may already be garnering Oscars buzz – particularly for Renee Zellweger’s stunning performance as Judy herself but it is also the way everything is handled with great sensitivity. Well worth a watch.
Mary Queen of Scots: at the beginning of the year, this powerful retelling of the life of Mary Queen of Scots and her rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I was stunning brought to life by Josie Rourke. The two central performances from Saorise Ronan and Margot Robbie are both equally mesmerising to watch and the film as a whole was intriguing to watch unfold – even if you know the tragic outcome.
Colette: it has certainly been a strong year for female performances in film and Keira Knightly delivers a charismatic performance as the French novelist in this subtle but fascinating film. This film concentrate on her relationships with her husband Willy and Georgie Raoul-Duval as well as the unexpected blossoming of her writing career.
Aladdin: it would be fair to say that Disney have been on a bit of a mission to transform many of their beloved animated films into live action films – with releases of Dumbo and The Lion King also been released this year. However, this version of Aladdin has to be one of the best they have released yet – bright, colourful and updated to make it feel relevant to today it was genuinely entertaining from start to finish.
Making Noise Quietly: this film based on a trio of short plays by Robert Holman examining the different impact that war has on people was delicately directed by Dominic Dromgoole who beautifully ties all the plays together seamlessly and effectively. Worth a watch if you can.
Giant Little Ones: this coming of age film was refreshing and intelligently put together as it explores the friendship between Franky and Ballas – whose friendship takes a different path after Franky’s 17th birthday party. It feels like a true celebration of friendship, self-discovery and not being defined by your sexuality.