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91 CREATE DOC FAITHFULL FELICITE MARIANNE FAITHFULL FLEUR D’AME Dir-Scr Alain Gomis. Prod Arnaud Dommerc, Alain Gomis,Oumar Sall. With Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka, le Kasai Allstars. France-Senegal- Belgium-Germany- Lebanon 2017. 123min. UK Distribution MUBI SAT 14 SUN 15 18:15 HACKNEY 15:45 HAYMARKET WED 4 THU 5 20:40 VUE5 15:15 HAYMARKET SUN 8 MON 9 18:00 ICA 18:00 NFT2 THU 5 FRI 6 12:30 VUE5 21:00 MAYFAIR Dir Sandrine Bonnaire. Prod Laurence Miller, François Ravard. With Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger. France 2017. 62min. Sales mk2 Films Dir Tony Zierra. Prod Elizabeth Yoffe,  Tony Zierra. With Leon Vitali, Ryan O’Neal, Matthew Modine. USA 2017. 94min. Sales Cinetic Media DOC DOC G Funk tells the story of the 1990s sound that transformed hip-hop into a global phenomenon and how three friends from East Long Beach changed the world. Warren G, Snoop Dogg and the late great Nate Dogg were childhood friends in LA. Having recorded under the moniker 213 (the LA telephone code), they were discovered by Dr. Dre when he was at Death Row Records. As a collective, they began to combine the melodic elements of Motown, funk and R&B with the angry, visceral sound of socially aware gangsta rap. The result was a smooth, laid back and melodic brand of hip hop that took the music from out of the underground and to a massive global audience. First-time director Karam Gill synthesises rare archival material with commentaries from a who’s-who of hip hop royalty to tell the story of G Funk and particularly the role of Warren G, whose influence was pivotal to its success. Stuart Brown Dir-Scr Karam Gill. Prod Warren G, Robert Ruggeri, Gary Ousdahl, Rafael Chavez. With Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube. USA 2017. 87min. Sales CAA A fascinating account of working alongside Stanley Kubrick – by one of his closest collaborators. Leon Vitali first encountered Stanley Kubrick in the 1970s, when the young actor was cast in Barry Lyndon. It started a close and exacting collaboration that continued up until Kubrick’s death in 1999, and which this documentary chronicles with absorbing insight. Spellbound by Kubrick, Vitali gave up a promising on-screen career to work for the filmmaker – first on the casting of The Shining, but with his duties expanding over the years (everything from helping craft the performances of Full Metal Jacket to looking after Kubrick’s dogs). Reflecting on his relationship with him, Vitali is faithful to the memory of Kubrick, but also candid about the enormous pressures of working with such a singular individual. It is a revealing, admiring and occasionally poignant study of a life devoted to cinema. Edward Lawrenson Alain Gomis’ poetic sensibilities are to the fore in this 2017 Berlin Film Festival winner as he weaves a compelling tale about a resilient woman in Kinshasa. Félicité is the singer at a popular but dingy bar in the Congolese capital. Audiences flock to see her, enraptured by her soulful and sombre performances. When her son is involved in a terrible accident, Félicité must race to raise the money needed to pay for an urgent operation. But seeking help from spurned admirer Tabu might be a decision she will come to regret. Actors Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu and Papi Mpaka brilliantly articulate the issues raised by Gomis’ film, of the harassment women experience in their everyday lives. The other star in this heartfelt drama is the music, performed with passion and verve by the fabulous Kasai Allstars, who bring an additional level of compassion to this profoundly moving and rewarding film. Keith Shiri Celebrated French actor-director Sandrine Bonnaire presents a frank and moving portrait of a musical icon. Marianne Faithfull’s long and distinguished career has seen her emerge as one of our most enduring and original singer-songwriters. Her story has been well documented, but here Sandrine Bonnaire captures a portrait of rare intimacy and tenderness, encouraging Faithfull to tell her own story through a series of candid interviews. Combining Faithfull’s reminiscences with archive footage and live performances, Bonnaire charts her remarkable evolution as an artist, from her whirlwind arrival as the crown princess of swinging London with the release of ‘As Tears Go By’, to an intensely creative period which saw her release five albums and act in three feature films before scandal and addiction left her living on the street. Her return saw her cross genres and art forms with ease, inspiring and collaborating with a new generation influenced by her work. Stuart Brown FILMWORKER G FUNK


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