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ADIFF Review – The Farthest

“There’s a limit to what you can learn, just looking through a telescope from Earth” Documentarian Emer Reynolds shines a light on the Voyager space exploration programme of the 1970s, talking to the scientists involved in the mission to find out just what was known about the solar system before the programme, and how Voyager – which will still be going long after our sun has burned out – changed our view of the solar system around us. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Tomato Red

Sammy (Jake Weary) is fresh out of jail and looking for new friends and a way to spend his weekends. When his newest attempt at making friends leads him to break into a big house, he falls asleep and is awoken by Jamalee (Julia Garner) and her brother Jason (Nick Roux), who do not live in the house, as Sammy first believes. Fascinated by Jamalee and her bright red hair, Sammy agrees to provide security for the siblings, and help them get away from the prejudice of Venus Holler, where they live. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – I am Not Your Negro

Based on the unfinished manuscript Remember This House by James Baldwin, I am Not Your Negro examines the relationships, tensions and often outright fear and hatred between the white and African-American populations of the US. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson – who stands in for the late James Baldwin –the film is also interspersed with footage of Baldwin himself, and draws a powerful comparison between the unrest and violent incidents in Ferguson in 2014, and the 1963 riots in Birmingham Alabama. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Piano Lesson

Documentarian Ken Wardrop turns his eye from the relationship between mothers and sons in Mom & Me, to people learning piano throughout Ireland, and the reasons they have for doing so. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Gleason

In 2011, three years after retiring as a professional NFL player, Steve Gleason was diagnosed with degenerative disease ALS. Just a few weeks later, Gleason’s wife Michel Varisco, discovered she was pregnant, so Gleason set out to create video diaries for his unborn child, so he could pass on his love, fears, hops and beliefs to his child. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Student

Veniamin (Pyotr Skvortsov) a high school student begins preaching the bible to his fellow students, teachers, friends and family after he is confronted about missing swimming classes at school. As time passes, and Veniamin becomes ever more passionate, he begins to butt heads with his biology teacher Elena (Viktoriya Isakova), to dangerous and explosive ends. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Lady Macbeth

Katherine (Florence Pugh) is sold into marriage with Alexander (Paul Hilton), a caustic and rough middle-aged man who is unable to consummate their marriage. When Alexander and his father are both called away from the house, Katherine at first roams the halls like a ghost in crinolines, but soon begins an affair with a farm hand, an affair that has far reaching consequences. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki

In 1962, Finnish boxer Olli Maki (Jarkko Lahti) faced the biggest fight of his career against US fighter Davey Moore (John Bosco Jr.). Although Maki’s trainer promises him that the day he beats the American wil; be the happiest day of his life, Olli hquickly feels the pressure of an entire nation looking to him to validate their national pride, and even worse; Olli has just fallen in love, and finds his loyalties torn. Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

In 2001, journalist Kim Barker (Tina Fey) finds herself in Afghanistan, covering the war from a considerably quieter place than the war-torn Iraq. As such, friendships and allegiances grow up in the international community stationed in Kabul. As the Taliban grow stronger and interest in the country receds however, Kim finds herself fighting for her job, and the new relationship that has developed between her and Scottish photographer Iain (Martin Freeman). Continue reading

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ADIFF Review – Departure

Elliot (Alex Lawther) and his mother Beatrice (Juliet Stevenson) return to the family’s holiday home in the South of France. The house has been sold, and the two are there to pack away their things. While back in France, Elliot begins to experiment with his sexuality, when he befriends a boy named Clément (Phénix Brossard), but when his father Philip (Finbar Lynch) arrives at the house, the curious calm is shattered, with truths long ignored coming to light. Continue reading

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