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Critics Choice: For film fans, there's no competition

THE London Film Festival is 42. And if it doesn't claim to offer the answer to life, the universe and everything, its programme contains a wide enough selection of materials with which to begin the search. Unlike Cannes or Venice or Toronto, the LFF is a non-competitive festival, which means that its organisers don't have to bribe directors with the promise of a prize in order to secure a screening of their work. As a result, there's enough on the schedule to juice the glands of the most jaded cinephile. The festival opens on Thursday with the international premiere of Little Voice, Mark Herman's film of Jim Cartwright's hit play, with the original star (Jane Horrocks, above) joined by Jim Broadbent, Ewan McGregor and Michael Caine. In the New British Cinema category, you can catch Ian McKellen as the irresistibly perverse Hollywood director James Whale (creator of The Bride of Frankenstein) in Bill Condon's Gods and Monsters; Emily Woof as a phone-sex operator in Stewart Sugg's low-life thriller Fast Food; Linus Roache dodging Bosnian bullets in David Attwood's Shot through the Heart; Kenneth Branagh nursing Helena Bonham Carter through motor neurone disease in Paul Greengrass's Theory of Flight. But the most exciting entries come from farther afield: Petr Zelenka's Buttoners is a surreal slice of social satire and sci-fi from the Czech republic, Alexei Balabanov's Of Freaks and Men is a wildly bizarre tale of pornographers in turn-of-the-century St Petersburg; Theo Angelopoulos's Eternity and a Day is an esoteric Balkan odyssey that picked up the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year; Shinya Tsukamato's Bullet Ballet is an explosion of toughnut stylism from Japan; and Francois Ozon's Sitcom offers bizarre group sex in the French suburbs. And if that's not interesting and varied enough for you, go and ask your parents where they went wrong.

The life of Brian and his volunteers

As part of the Gate Theatre's A Home for the Exiles season, Brian Friel's Volunteers is receiving its British premiere. Set on a construction site in Dublin, an archaeological dig is in progress, and layers of Irish history are unearthed: a Norman jug, a Viking skeleton with a hole in its skull. As they work, the diggers question their own histories and imagine alternative stories of victimhood for "Leif" the Viking. As a metaphor, its currency is obvious: Mick Gordon, the Gate's Northern Irish artistic director, believes that the people "at home" are now "involved in a difficult and essential process: the disentangling of personal histories from ideological ones." But Friel's (above) metaphorical template is, with fitting inevitability, something of a relic itself. Volunteers was written in 1975, the same year Seamus Heaney excavated "Viking Dublin" in North. Despite the success of Friel's work here, it's not much of a surprise that it took so long to arrive. His previous play, The Freedom of the City, a thinly veiled response to Bloody Sunday and the Widgery report, outraged London reviewers in 1973; and, on the surface, Volunteers is also very much of its troubled time. The diggers are Republican internees, whose volunteering for a civilian cause has made them marked men in prison. But the play represents a transitional stage in Friel's career. He drew back from impassioned polemics and used the political context to challenge historical determinism through an incisive mixture of storytelling, role-playing and irreverent humour. This oblique and bravely inconclusive approach was met with some bemusement in Dublin. One critic lamented that "the great dramatic subject of internment" hadn't received the "great play" it deserved. But, as Translations and Friel's other subsequent plays have proved, the dramatic subject is just the start; the greatness lies in the ground he excavates around it.

Coogan's straight run: from bonks to bungs

The price of fame for Steve Coogan has been the prying eyes of the tabloids. So why has the comedian taken on a straight acting role as Mike Gabbert, the newshound who exposed match-rigging in the Sixties? By James Rampton

The border is a state of mind

Fisk in Ireland: Part 3; In his third and final report on Northern Ireland, The Independent's award- winning war reporter Robert Fisk goes in search of the dividing line that symbolises the island's lingering torment

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Long lens of the law: Big Brother is watching you. It started in a small Scottish town Paul Greengrass report

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