Film review: ‘MARY SHELLEY’ by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

A film that focuses on the period in which Mary Shelly wrote her sci-fi horror classic Frankenstein should be a thrilling prospect for anyone with a literary bent but director and co-writer Haifaa al-Mansour has transformed the biopic, Mary Shelley, into a slightly steamy, mildly gothic romance between two Derek Zoolander-approved really really good-looking people. Elle Fanning plays Mary Wollstonecraft

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Film review: ‘THE PARTY’, by Nick Gardener from ‘Built For Speed’

British film, The Party from director Sally Potter has nothing to do with the 1968 Peter Sellers movie. Instead this oddly brief, extremely erudite, stagey and occasionally pretentious film recalls the sort of politically-infused dinner party films we often see coming out of European arthouse cinema. The Party features a superb cast – including Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson

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