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Like + Short Film: Zugzwang

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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Based on the true case of two British teenage girls who were charged with murder after posting images of the crime on social media.

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Directed by Michael Frank

Narrative Feature / UK / 87 mins

Strand: Homegrown

World Premiere

Review:

Based on the true story of the brutal murder of Angela Wrightson, LIKE follows two teenage girls through their online activity. Every teenager is complex, simply by virtue of existing in our deeply bizarre world. They don’t need metaphoric dialogue or obscure vocabulary to be fully formed characters. Director Michael Frank knows this, and so instead captures dialogue that is fiercely representative of how teenagers actually speak, and much of the film is shot by the actors themselves. The result is a film that feels deeply collaborative, as opposed to exploitative. Rebecca McDiarmid (Polly) and Brodie Young (Kelsey) both give incredibly effective performances, and much of the film’s success is owed to their talent, and to the trust given to them in filming. No one knows teenagers, their gestures, stutters, and outbursts, better than teenagers.

Understanding cinematography’s active role in how we understand a story, LIKE switches between malicious exchanges on group calls and gritty images on live streams, filmed by the actors themselves. The film shows us unrestrained images - pink vomit, blood, butts of cigarettes - but never simply to trigger or to feign the grotesque, but because these images are pertinent to the lives of the characters. When the crime hits, it is unquestionably disturbing, but it also forces us to question where the roots of the disturbance began. / Review by Matt Lulu

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Credits:

Director: Michael Frank

Writer: Michael Frank

Producer: Michael Frank

Executive Producer: Michael Frank

Cast: Rebecca McDiarmid, Brodie Young, Fiona Whitelaw

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Zugzwang

Directed by Zu Quirke

Narrative Short / UK / 3 mins

World Premiere

Will just wanted a quiet game of chess, but Liam has something to get off his chest.

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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