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Retro Round-Up of the BFI London Film Festival 2010


The schedule for the BFI London Film Festival was announced this week, which includes a few titles that should appeal to the retro enthusiast.

There are three noteworthy music documentaries; The Ballad of Mott The Hoople, which mixes their reunion tour of 2009 with interviews and footage from the 1970s; Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, which charts the ups and down the record label through the 80s and 90s; and Lemmy, which like the man himself, probably needs no further introduction.

For those interested in the Beat writers, there is the documentary William S. Burroughs: A Man Within and Howl described as “an imaginative interpretation of Allen Ginsberg's poem” with the 1957 obscenity trail at its centre.


The Time Out Special Screening of Neds may also be worth seeing. Directed by Peter Mullan, it is set in Glasgow in the 1970s and has is reminiscent of the films of that period by Alan Clarke and Ken Loach.

In addition, there is the usual “Treasures from the Archives” selection of recently restored and rediscovered classics, which this year includes the silent classics Man with a Movie Camera and Pandora’s Box (which made Louise Brooks an icon).

Full details of times, prices and how to book can be found on the BFI website.

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