Cressida Bonas, Mike Figgis and Daniel Bruhl - Cressida Bonas chats with actor Daniel Bruhl and Director Mike Figgis outside The Rosemary Branch Theatre after appearing 'There's A Monster In The Lake' - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 17th July 2014
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) continues to explore experimental styles of cinema (see Timecode or Hotel) with this playful in-joke about the act of artistic creation. It's an ambitious idea that never quite overcomes the indulgent approach, but the gimmicky touches and mysterious noir vibe hold our interest even if the characters are never very clearly developed.
At the centre is screenwriter Martin (Koch), who lectures at a London film school as his long-awaited new script is finally going into production. His daughter Sarah (Night) has landed a lead role in the film, and Martin celebrates this with her at her 25th birthday. He also becomes fascinated by her friend Angelique (Verbeek), who turns up dead in a canal the next morning, leaving him as the prime suspect. A police inspector (Cranham) is especially suspicious since Martin's wife (Fox in flashback) went missing 15 years ago. Then Angelique's twin Therese (also Verbeek) turns up to twist things further.
Figgis continually throws us out of the story by referring to the film within the film. For example, characters are continually picking up movie scripts that describe them picking up movie scripts. And Figgis further tweaks us with on-screen captions, split-screen angles and movie-set camera gags, plus of course the fact that a central character is an identical twin. But because of all of this self-referential trickery, we can never engage with the story or characters at all.
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Sara Cox, Ken Livingstone and Mike Figgis - Sara Cox, Franny Armstrong, Ken Livingstone, Antony Gormley, Alistair McGowan, Kevin McCloud, Diana Athill, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Juniper, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Michael Craig-Martin, Deborah Moggach, Andrew Motion, Shami Chakrabarti, Adhaf Souief, Peter Tatchell, Harold Tillman, Livia Firth, Mike Figgis, Sarah Waters Cox DJs, Armstrong speaks and others attend launch of scheme pledging to cut 10 per cent of CO2 emissions by 2010. Celebrities, business leaders and members of the public sign up to do their bit for the environment. London, England - 10:10 - launch held at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern. Tuesday 1st September 2009
Sara Cox, Ken Livingstone and Mike Figgis - Sara Cox, Franny Armstrong, Ken Livingstone, Antony Gormley, Alistair McGowan, Kevin McCloud, Diana Athill, Jeremy Hardy, Tony Juniper, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Michael Craig-Martin, Deborah Moggach, Andrew Motion, Shami Chakrabarti, Adhaf Souief, Peter Tatchell, Harold Tillman, Livia Firth, Mike Figgis, Sarah Waters 10:10 Environmental Campaign launch at the Turbine Gallery at the Tate Modern to cut 10 percent of CO2 emissions by 2010 London, England - 10:10 - launch held at the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern Tuesday 1st September 2009
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