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Catch Me Daddy Review


OK

Gorgeous photography and an elusive storytelling style combine to make this dark dramatic thriller both gripping and rather frustrating. Without some understanding of the nature of honour killing in Britain, it will be difficult to make much sense out of the plot. But the atmospheric filmmaking helps make up for this, and it also covers over an uneven central performance.

The story opens in an isolated trailer park on the edge of a Yorkshire town, where young Laila (Sameena Jabeen Ahmed) is in hiding with her Scottish boyfriend Aaron (Connor McCarron). But as she quietly heads to work, there are several men on her trail. Laila's brother Zaheer (Ali Ahmad) is just back from Pakistan and is tracking her down with three friends, while her father (Wasim Zakir) has hired Tony (Gary Lewis) and his friend Barry (Barry Nunney) to find her. Clearly, her family wants her back, and Laila knows they're not planning to welcome her with open arms. So she and Aaron make a run for it.

Shot and edited in an observational style, directors Daniel and Matthew Wolfe don't make it very easy for the audience, never quite explaining what's happening and letting the actors speak in mumbled thick dialect. This makes it tricky to engage with any of the characters, especially the inexpressive Ahmed, who is better in the quiet scenes than she is when required to display emotion. She does capture a strong sense of desperation, as Laila is literally fighting for her life. It's clear that each character has his or her own story within the bigger narrative, but working these out sometimes feels like a chore, even with terrific actors on board like Lewis, Nichola Burley (as Laila's boss) and Kate Dickie (as Aaron's mum).

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Picture - Nichola Burley, , Thursday 5th July 2012

Nichola Burley - Nichola Burley, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

Nichola Burley
Nichola Burley
Nichola Burley

Picture - Kierston Wareing Parminder Nagra Nichola... , Thursday 5th July 2012

Kierston Wareing, Nichola Burley and Parminder Nagra - Kierston Wareing Parminder Nagra Nichola Burley Sevda Levent Derek Riddell amd Michael Socha, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

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Kierston Wareing, Nichola Burley and Parminder Nagra - Kierston Wareing Parminder Nagra Nichola Burley and Sevda Levent, Thursday 5th July 2012 Twenty8k premiere at the East End Film Festival, Genesis Cinema,

Kierston Wareing, Nichola Burley and Parminder Nagra

Edge Review


Good
Haunting and moody, this gently paced film gets under our skin by drawing us into three loosely connected stories that all hinge around deeply personal mysteries. It's somewhat stagey in its rather convenient plotting, but is beautifully made.

Five guests arrive at the snowy, isolated Cliff Edge Hotel, perched high above a foreboding beach: Elly (Peake) is struggling to come to terms with a past tragedy, Glen (Hilton) is a has-been rocker in need of inspiration, Philip and Sophie (Dempsie and Burley) are on a blind-date weekend, and Wendy (Yates) intends to end it all. Chambermaid Agata (Wendzikowska) takes care of them for the weekend, which doesn't go as any of them planned. This is mainly because each person's isolation is interrupted in ways that will change their lives.

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Payback Season Trailer


Jerome is a Premiership footballer living the dream life: a fancy car, loads of money and a hot girlfriend; not to mention the luxury flat he lives in and vast opportunities for his career. It's a world away from the council estate and the grotty life he grew up with as a child.

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Picture - Nichola Burley, London, England, Sunday 4th December 2011

Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate - Nichola Burley, London, England - The 2011 Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market. Sunday 4th December 2011

Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate
Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate
Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate
Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate
Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate

Picture - Jaime Winstone; Nichola Burley, London, England, Sunday 4th December 2011

Jaime Winstone, Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate - Jaime Winstone; Nichola Burley, London, England - The 2011 Moet British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market. Sunday 4th December 2011

Jaime Winstone, Nichola Burley and Old Billingsgate

Wuthering Heights Review


Excellent
Emily Bronte's novel is one of the most unsettling books you'll ever read, so it's about time a filmmaker made a darkly disturbing movie out of it. And Arnold's movie is like no other period adaptation we've ever seen: gritty, messy and thoroughly involving.

When the farmer Earnshaw (Hilton) brings a street urchin (Howson) home after a trip to Liverpool, he adopts him as a son and has him christened Heathcliff. He bonds quickly with Earnshaw's daughter Catherine (Beer), but her older brother Hindley (Shaw) continually abuses him. This only gets worse after Earnshaw's death, and when Cathy decides to marry the rich neighbour Linton (Northcote), Heathcliff runs away. Years later, he returns (now Howson) to confront Cathy (now Scodelario) about her true feelings.

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Wuthering Heights Trailer


The Earnshaw family live in the remote countryside of North Yorkshire. One day, Mr Earnshaw brings home a young gypsy boy named Heathcliff, who was found wandering the streets of Liverpool and announces that he is now part of the family.

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SoulBoy Review


OK
Even though the plot of this 1970s-set drama is a bit simplistic, the film is sweet and surprisingly dramatic, holding our attention because of the energetic, good-looking cast. Plus all those groovy outfits and songs.

Joe (Compston) is bored with his deliveryman job and with hanging out at the cheesy local bar/nightclub. Then he spots gorgeous hairdresser Jane (Burley), who introduces him to the world of Northern Soul. Even he's surprised how much he enjoys the all-night dances at Wigan Casino, although his best pal Russ (Allen) isn't so sure and thinks some drugs might help. There Joe also runs into his friend Dexie (Reece), whose sister Mandy (Jones) helps Joe learn the steps and the culture. She also rather confuses his pursuit of Jane.

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Kicks Review


Grim
Clearly aiming for a My Summer of Love vibe, this British dramatic thriller taps into the world of celebrity sportsmen to tell a story about obsession.

It's an intriguing idea, but the film is too timid and awkward to really get going.

Two 15-year-old girls are bored with their life in Liverpool. Nicole (Hayes) lives with an absent mother, while her rich friend Jasmine (Burley) has parents who are more interested in plastic surgery than her. They spend their afternoons lusting after their favourite football player, Lee (Doyle), and are stunned when they find out he's transferring to Madrid. Suddenly their yearning to catch his attention becomes something with a purpose, and they cross the line, confronting Lee about his plans on a night during which anything could happen.

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StreetDance Review


Good
Directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini boldly apply 3D filmmaking to the dance genre with this energetic British drama. The requirements of the formula are too strong to resist, but the film is thoroughly watchable thanks to its skilled cast.

Carly (Burley) is horrified when her boyfriend Jay (Roach) announces that not only is he leaving their successful street dance crew, but he also wants to break up with her. Suddenly she's in charge of the team, and she makes a deal with a ballet teacher (Rampling) to use a dance studio in exchange for adding five of the students to her team. One of them, Tomas (Winsor), takes a special interest in Carly, but the ballet dancers struggle to add street-cred to their moves. And the big competition is in just five weeks.

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Donkey Punch Review


OK
Despite my predilection for stories of the perverse and profane, I feel it is not my place to describe to any sort of public the act that gives director Oliver Blackburn's scrappy debut its name. For those who have spent any small amount of time in a frathouse, you know what a donkey punch is and have suggested engaging in it after at least three keggers. For the rest of you, these are the sort of things Wikipedia, if not the Internet itself, was made for. For the price of a movie ticket, however, you can now have a rather scummy British DJ explain it to you and then, a few scenes later, witness the event in all its glory.

A lesser filmmaker could have done nothing more than give the film its title and gone home. You'd certainly think that was the case from the film's opening notes: Three scantily-clad Brit birds (Nichola Burley, Jaime Winstone, Sian Breckin), on vacation in Spain, decide to take a spin on a yacht with a pack of tanned Aeropostale-types (Robert Boulter, Tom Burke, Julian Morris, Jay Taylor) with hits of ecstasy, a few Heinekens, and a DJ setup in tow.

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