UK Film Festival 2015 to be held in three major cities

The UK Film Festival 2015 featuring Scottish movies will be held in Hanoi , Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City from November 4-12.

This year’s event pays tribute to all the unsung heroes in making music as an integral part of Great Britain

A series of award-winning films, including God Help the Girl, Nowhere Boy,  Pulp, Northern Soul, Good Vibrations, Control and Bugsy Malone will be shown at CGV cinemas in major cities.

At this year’s UK film week, audiences will be lost in a world where music becomes helps to heal a girl who suffers from anorexia (God Help the Girl) or where the citizens of a small town are revitalized and united through Pulp’s songs for ‘Common People’ (Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets).

'Nowhere boy' was a superbly acted film that depicts John Lennon in his late teens as he started his banjo lessons, bought his first guitar, formed the Quarrymen, gave himself an Elvis hairdo, switched to Buddy Holly-style horn-rims, met with Paul McCartney and was refused entry to the Cavern

"Control" is a 2007 British-American biographical film about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of the late-1970s English post-punk band Joy Division. It is the first feature film directed by Anton Corbijn, who had worked with Joy Division as a photographer. The screenplayby Matt Greenhalgh was based on the biography Touching from a Distance by Curtis' widow Deborah.

A dramatic portrayal of Curtis, "Control" takes audiences through Curtis’ failing marriage and epilepsy, which worsened his mood swings and made performing live incredibly difficult for him. The story that led to his suicide at the age of 23 is told brilliantly, making Control a ’must see’ film.

"Control" won several awards including the Director's Fortnight, the CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film, the Regards Jeunes Prize for best first/second directed feature film, and the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film in the sidebar.[3][4] It went on to win five British Independent Film Awards including Best Film, Best Director for Corbijn, Most Promising Newcomer for Sam Riley, and Best Supporting Actor for Kebbell.[5] It was named Best Film at the 2007 Evening Standard British Film Awards, and Greenhalgh was given the Carl Foreman award for outstanding achievement in his first feature film at the 61st British Academy Film Awards.

For those who want some humor, "Bugsy Malone" is an excellent choice. It is a gangster movie a cast entirely of children. The BAFTA-winning musical was directed by Sir Alan Parker whose films (including Evita) won 19 BAFTAs and 10 Oscars. Bugsy Malone works as a ‘real’ gangster movie but with a sense of childlike innocence too.

These films shed light on parts of the lives of musicians that are not always known to the general public: the sweat and tears of the creative process and the long hard journey to success.


By Mai An – Compiled by Kim Khanh

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