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Film review: True-life spy story Red Joan a missed opportunity

Damon Smith
INSPIRED by the true story of Melita Norwood, a septuagenarian dubbed the "granny spy" when she was publicly outed as a KGB source in 1999, director Trevor Nunn's tangled tale of wartime espionage rations substance over period style.

Lenny Abrahamson on Room success, his next big project and Belfast Film Festival appearance

David Roy
LENNY Abrahamson first came to wider public attention with his best director Oscar nomination for 2015's superb 'abduction and its aftermath' drama Room, but by that point the Dublin-born film-maker was already well established as a rising talent thanks to his first four features, Adam & Paul (2004), Garage (2007), What Richard Did (2012) and Frank (2014).

Bronagh Gallagher on 'triple F-rated' film A Bump Along The Way

David Roy
WHILE A Bump Along The Way might be grounded in familiar dramatic territory with its storyline about an unplanned pregnancy putting strain on the relationship between a teenager and her mother, Scottish director Shelly Love's Derry-set film adds a novel role-reversal twist to proceedings: this time, it's the wayward middle-aged parent who's expecting unexpectedly, much to the mortification of her straight-laced daughter.

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