LFF #6 -- Fantastic Mr Fox

From the London Film Festival: Wes Anderson takes on Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox
dir: Wes Anderson

Three reasons this one is worth a watch: puppets, the Beach Boys and Michael Gambon. Roald Dahl may have written the book, but this is very much a Wes Anderson film. In short, Dad leads a family of misfits into disaster after disaster; characters are brutally but amusingly insensitive to one another; there are some nice musical numbers. Nothing, in other words, that Anderson didn't already say in The Royal Tenenbaums, but still -- he says it with style.

That's all for now. To find out more, you'll have to read Ryan Gilbey's review in next week's issue . . .

Daniel Trilling is the Editor of New Humanist magazine. He was formerly an Assistant Editor at the New Statesman.

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Harry Potter Week

Celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter.

Do you know what day it is? Today is Monday 26 June 2017 – which means it’s 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published in the UK. That’s two decades of knowing and loving Harry Potter.

Here at the New Statesman, a solid 90 per cent of the online staff live and breathe Harry Potter. So we thought now would be the perfect time to run a week of Potter-themed articles. We’ve got a mix of personal reflections, very (very) geeky analysis, cultural criticism, nostalgia, and some truly bizarre fan fiction. You have been warned. 

See below for the full list, which will be updated throughout the week:

Jonn Elledge and the Young Hagrid Audition

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.

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