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Dan Carrier’s film news: Assassination Nation; The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

14 September, 2018 — By By Dan Carrier

Assassination Nation directed by Sam Levinson

WITH the London Film Festival upon us – it opens in three weeks – it’s all too easy to miss some of the programme that doesn’t make it to the posters on the tube or the write-ups in the media.

With this in mind, Review will pick a couple of must-sees for your viewing pleasure over the coming couple of weeks…

We had Arthur Miller use the Salem witch trials as a way of looking at McCarthyism, and now director Sam Levinson uses a similar concept, but updated for the #MeToo era in his film Assassination Nation. As the opening credits role, we are warned his film contains sexual content, toxic masculinity, homophobia, transphobia, guns, racism, the male gaze, sexism, torture and fragile male egos – all too often the life blood of Hollywood storytelling.

Levinson’s film is set in Salem High School, with a group of female pupils at its centre. When a data hack reveals some dark secrets of town residents, things can only go one way: very wrong. Described as “a worthy successor to the rebellious spirit of subversive teen classics such as Heathers,” Levinson mixes gender politics and social conscience to maximum effect.

• At last! Highgate-based director Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote hits the screens, after taking about 20 years to make. Gilliam had tried to do a straight telling of Cervantes’ story but had been foiled by bad luck at every turn. Now, his film, finally completed, mixes together elements of the Quixote tale and the trials and tribulations of film making. See www.bfi.org.uk

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