Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALSO SHOWING; Burning Question: Severine (Bulle Ogier and Henri (Michel Piccoli) Rabid Response: Jennifer Carpenter

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ALSO SHOWING; Burning Question: Severine (Bulle Ogier and Henri (Michel Piccoli) Rabid Response: Jennifer Carpenter

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Special People Cert 12A, 78 mins .. .. .. .. ..

JUSTIN Edgar has expanded into a feature his 12-minute short about a patronising but essentially decent film-maker making a movie with disabled teenagers. It works perfectly well in its longer but still trim version.

Dominic Coleman plays the director, who eagerly accepts the challenge of helping the three teenagers make their own film on a chaotic trip to the countryside.

David Proud, Robyn Frampton and Jason Maza are excellent as the youngsters and Edgar's light touch and lack of sentimentality work in his favour. We are allowed to forget the wheelchairs and see the people in them, while still remembering the prejudices many have about the disabled.

Quarantine Cert 18, 89 mins .. .. .. .. ..

IT WAS only a matter of time before an American version of the excellent Spanish horror [Rec] appeared.

Thankfully, John Erick Dowdle's Los Angeles adaptation takes few liberties with the original. If it is too hysterical and lacking in characterisation to achieve the same power, at least it doesn't mess about with the story.

Jennifer Carpenter plays a young

TV reporter, out to get a jolly story from the LA Fire Department one night. She winds up in an old apartment block where a screaming old woman starts biting the firemen who come to rescue her, causing anyone who comes near to become as rabid as she is.

Meanwhile, everyone in the building finds themselves locked in, while those outside gather that something highly infectious is within.

When not in a state of high hysteria, the girl gets her cameraman to keep shooting on his handheld equipment, if only to make a record of the implausible events. The Spanish did it all a little better but Carpenter rivals her European counterpart in hollering blue murder.

'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris Cert 15, 99 mins .. .. .. .. ..

THIS affectionate tribute to Jackie Paris, an Italian-American singer who worked with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Mingus, and who had a hit record (Skylark) in the Fifties, is subtitled The Greatest Voice You Never Heard.

His career faded in the Sixties and Seventies, largely because he never had a good agent and he certainly had a bad temper. …

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