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One o the last major lm estivals o the year, this month,London was overcome with lmmaking talent. Giving pre-mieres to the likes o Fantastic Mr. Fox, Nowhere Boy and A Single Man, the 53rd annual BFI London Film Festivalwas quite the spectacle, and lm suitably takes centre stagethis issue. As Hollywood continues to disregard all integritywith blockbusters like 2012 (given a scathing 1 star reviewon pg. 42), sure they make their money back, but there’snothing stopping the big studios rom instilling a betterscript and some creative orces in the production. Artisticintegrity doesn’t mean box oce ailure, Te Dark Knightis a prime example, and when a great script, which not evenwriter/director Roland Emmerich could argue is on showin 2012, is put to the screen by a visually interesting andtalented lmmaker, such as Chris Nolan or numerous otherindividuals out there crying out or a chance on a studiopicture, the results can be remarkable. Te Box is that lm.Public opinion has been split, unsurprising given the lmwas marketing in America as a Cameron Diaz movie ratherthan an inventive release rom the director o DonnieDarko, but given the chance on a studio lm, Richard Kellymade an interesting piece, more expansive and innovativethan 2012 could ever dream o. Aside the aorementioned lms, in our London FilmFestival round-up we also bring you reviews o Up InTe Air, the riotously unny Bad Lieutenant: Port O CallNew Orleans and Te Road, plus a rat o smaller projectshopeul o nding a distributor or a cinematic release in2010. Likely the last rom now shut-down boutique labelParamount Vantage, you’ll also nd Carriers in our reviewsection, and the new lm rom Gerard Butler, Law AbidingCitizen, which should put memories o Te Ugly ruth tobed with the Scottish actor starring as good guy gone badas he seeks retribution against the corrupt legal system.Tough it has been out or a while now in the States, StevenSoderbergh’s Te Girlriend Experience eventually lands inthe UK come December, and while porn star-turned-actressSasha Grey was in town or the premiere, we sat down orchat with the lady dubbed ‘the dirtiest girl in the world’.Set to break in 2010, Dawes have been tirelessly tour-ing and building reasonable an base or the last year across America. With their album ‘North Hills’ gaining criticalacclaim, their only problem has been getting it into enoughears, but now on the cu o something major, the new yearwill almost certainly bear ruit or the Caliornian band.We get to grips with their history on the Malibu beachesbeore heading inland to North Hills and a olk rock sound.Coast-to-coast, Surer Blood are rom Florida and anotherexample o the resurgent sur rock scene. Recently wow-ing crowds at New York’s CMJ estival, don’t be surprisedi Surer Blood are this year’s Wavves at legendary provingground SXSW come March. We reveal why you’ll be hearinga lot more rom them in the coming months.In our art section, Brandon Schaeer shows how it’sdone when it comes to poster design. Tere’s no doubtstudios have taken it up a notch on their eort, but whenyou put them alongside Brandon’s work, there really is nocompetition. First eaturing her stunning paintings a coupleo years ago, you might not have seen the breathtakingcolour in Françoise Nielly’s art beore now, but aterwards,you’ll be eagerly awaiting new pieces. Stéan Le Dû roundsthe art eatures, and similar to our recent dialy Danbo diaryphotospread, Stéan ollows the lie o two Stormtroopersexploring earth in search o the rebel scum.Once again on the cover, our style spreads are becom-ing more and more inuential. Ruud Baan borrowed a bikerom Studio RAAR, and with a sleek wardrobe in tow, putstogether a great winter look, though you might have tothrow on a jacket i you live in the colder parts o the world.Back or a second time, Anoush Abrar and Aimée Hovingprovide the most glamorous satellite dish maintenanceyou’ll see in a long time, parading the rootops in a highlysophisticated style. Lastly, Igor ermenon recalls a classicFrench era, and making you yearn or the summer monthsunder the gaze o the glaring sunlight, lounges by the poolto orget about the onset o winter. Enjoy the issue.