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London Film Festival 2006

It's (still) a London thingI said this on Thursday November 3rd, 2005: "It's hard to believe that this will be the last day of my struggle to find polite ways to tell LFF staffers 'fuck off with your free copies of The Times.'" Well, it turns out that it wasn't the last day after all. The Times has extended its sponsorship of the London Film Festival beyond the original three year deal, so it looks like I'm doomed to having more unwelcome newspapers thrust into my arms over the next fortnight. Not to mention that since last year we've seen the launch of London Lite and The London Paper, meaning that roughly one third of the people you meet on the streets of the city are trying to give you free papers nowadays. I may have to stop being polite.

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REPOST: London Film Festival 2004

Piccadilly Circus station, 17/10/2004. And some dick in a hat.Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 28/11/2004

What's to be said this year that hasn't already been said here? Well, for the newcomers amongst you, since 1989 I've been taking two weeks off every autumn to hit Britain's best film festival hard. And by 'hard', I mean seeing forty-odd films during those two weeks. Since 1998, I've also been writing about those films on this site, with additional contributions from Spank's Pals when they feel up to it. The result, I'd humbly suggest, is more comprehensive coverage of the festival than any newspaper or magazine will be providing: put bluntly, it's only internet obsessives like meself that have the time on their hands to do this sort of thing.

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REPOST: London Film Festival 2003

They don't have a picture on the cover of the programme this year, apparently: they've got a 'design identity' instead. Well, lah-di-frickin'-dah. Blame the Nathans at for this one.Originally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 10/11/2003

for Paul, who loved movies

For the sixth year in a row, the Pals and I have taken it upon ourselves to give you the most comprehensive reports on the London Film Festival available anywhere. And it's getting more and more difficult to find new things to talk about in the intro. The obvious one is, of course, this year's change in sponsor: but as I'm usually reluctant to give the sponsors the additional oxygen of publicity, there's not much to be said about that. Aside from my usual objections to anything with the involvement of Rupert Murdoch, I suppose I'd have to reluctantly agree that the new sponsors have undeniable links to London, and have been known to talk about films on a regular basis. Which makes them a damn sight more suitable than the furniture storage people who were all over the posters for the last three years. Anyway, we're stuck with them till 2005, so we'd better get used to it.

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REPOST: London Film Festival 2002

The RLFF 2002 programme cover image: 'Peep Show' by Vicky WetherillOriginally posted on The Unpleasant Lair Of Spank The Monkey 25/11/2002

Wednesday 02/10/2002, 6.30pm: RLFF Preview

People keep asking me why I don't apply for press accreditation for the Regus London Film Festival. They may have a point. After all, most publications that cover the festival can only manage a film or two a day at most. Here at the internet's leading australopithecine arts review site, we do things properly. In 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001 I've personally provided you with an average of three film reviews a day within 24 hours of them being screened, and that's before you factor in the additional contributions made by Spank's Pals. So don't imagine that I haven't thought about trying to pass myself off as proper press. Particularly when the credit card bill for the tickets arrives in November.

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Rising Monkey III: The Snoozening

Sapporo by night, from the 30th floor of the JR Tower HotelDateline: Japan, 2006. Following on from our previous tours of the country in 2002 and 2004, The Belated Birthday Girl and I revisited Japan this August, in a round trip that took in Asakusa, Niigata, Ogi, Sapporo, Toyako Onsen and Narita. Six different cities, and a total of ten places where we slept during our two weeks over there. Here's what they were like - be advised that the Ogi leg of the tour is covered in more detail in the Earth Celebration review.

(First and last photos by me, middle two by The BBG. More of our holiday snaps will be appearing on The Unpleasant Moblog, tagged with monkeyjapan06 or bbgjapan06 as appropriate.)

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