Saturday, 16 October 2010

The 54th BFI London Film Festival - Conviction

This October marks the 54th annual British Film Institute Festival. For two weeks every Autumn, the BFI showcases a fantastic range of films, including incredible selections from its archive.

Conviction was the first one in my diary for this year's festival. Hilary Swank's commendable performance resulted in a deeply moving film. Conviction is based on a true story of a man, Kenny Waters, jailed for 18 years for a crime he did not commit. His sister (Swank) devotes her life to freeing him and, after qualifying as a lawyer, she believes she has found the answer. I do not want to spoil the plot as I urge you to see this for yourselves!

Not only does Tony Goldwyn's film boast excellent acting (particularly from Sam Rockwell and Minnie Driver) but it has an important and sadly real message to tell. If Massachusetts had the death penalty, Swank's character would not have had a case to fight as her brother would have been executed before she could attend law school. This terribly true tear jerker is a must-see - get it on DVD!

Love, AB x

Picture courtesy of and BFI.

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