Films From UK

Adapted from his 1970 stage production, Bleak Moments not only represents Mike Leigh's feature film debut but also establishes the characteristic method of mood of his output, a stylistic signature which has been described as 'heightened realism'. The film revolves around Sylvia (Anne Raitt), a young South London woman with an office job and a mentally retarded sister, Hilda (Sarah Stephen). Other... Read more
Stephen Frears made his remarkable feature film debut with the film Gumshoe starring Albert Finney as a would-be comedian with a Raymond Chandler addiction. Its artistic success was never paralleled at the box-office and Frears has worked exclusively in television ever since. His most notable work there has been in collaboration with the playwright Alan Bennett. ... Bloody Kids was made for televi... Read more
Set in 'swinging London', Antonioni's first English-language film concerns Thomas, a fashion photographer who stumbles on a possible murder. Sliding uneasily between the reality of the actual corpse and his photographic world of delusion, Thomas's decline is inevitable. ... Read more
Challenging British director Derek Jarman's final major work has been compared in visual execution to Warhol's Sleep and Empire State. Where it outstrips them both is in the meticulously crafted and impressionistic soundtrack. An amazing aural cut up of voices, Jarman's amongst them, supplemented and punctuated by sound collage and glorious music, this combination of monologue and prose poem is wo... Read more
Letting the stylishly edited visuals speak for themselves this film develops the story of the newly-inaugurated 90 m.p.h. Diesel Train Service between Manchester and St. Pancras. Awarded Gold Plaque. III. Festival of Films for Television, Rome. ... Read more
In American movies, nasty things often lurk beneath the calm surface of the American small town. With the help of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks), Joe Dante (Gremlins) and David Thomson (Suspects), we probe behind the white picket fences - and discover that it all starts with It's A Wonderful Life. ... Read more
Animated photographs, a three-dimensional room design, a world of fantasy. ... Read more
A multiple award winner, Robert Morgan's (The Cat with Hands, MIFF 02) Bobby Yeah is a nightmarish claymation tale about a petty thug who kidnaps a bizarre creature and presses a button that he shouldn't. ... D/S Robert Morgan P Robert Morgan, Alain de la Mata, Geoff Cox L no dialogue TD HD Cam/2011 ... Read more
This insightful monologue, delivered in a nightclub bathroom, reveals the emotional landscape of a 50-something woman as she tells her poignant and sometimes painful story of falling in love with a younger man. ... Read more
A film about change and crisis in the face of micro-chip technology facing blank walls and finding a way out of a vacuum. An analogy is made between computer and human functioning. ... Read more
Welcome to the Dull Men's Club, a celebration of gentlemen who delight in such uniquely boring hobbies as brick collecting, admiring traffic roundabouts and photographing mailboxes. ... Read more
This film depicts the lifestyle of three Irish youths living m England It is a lifestyle com­mon to many young Insh people hvmg in Eng­land today The story was influenced by the cases of the 'Guildford Four*, the 'Birmingham Six' and the 'Winchester Three' and gets its influence from the accused men's amusing activities precedmg their arrest. (KeironJ Walsh) ... Read more
In "The London Spy," Ned Ward's delightful account of low life in the 18th Century, we are told how "the joyful alarm of Bow Bell called the weary apprentices from their work to unhitch their folded shutters and button up their shops till next morning." This is the atmosphere evoked by this film, presenting faces, streets, buildings around the dockyards of London's East End. There is no commentary... Read more
"Jack learns life like a foreign language... [he] tick tocThe Gks between the boy he was and the man he is, and we wait for the hour to strike." - The Guardian ... After his released from jail into a bewildering adult world, 24-year-old Jack is given a new name, a new job, a new home and a new life. But when his heroic actions thrust him into the media spotlight his anonymity begins to crumble, an... Read more
It's hard to believe that one of the year's most charming and entertaining films is set in the mining town of Grimley, Yorkshire, in 1992. But writer/director Mark Herman has fashioned one of the great surprises of this year. ... When a small mining town is threatened by the closure of its chief industry, the people are faced not only with the imminent threat to their livelihood but with a struggl... Read more
A comedy with a hard edge to it. A 12-hour shift in a bread factory has different effects on different people. Eventually, it has the same effect on almost everyone. ... Read more
A light satire on the American space race with a twist in its tail. ... Read more
Against the continuing backdrop of imprison-nent and ill-treatment of political prisoners hroughout the Middle East, Breath of Life iepicts the emotional bond forged between six prisoners of conscience who find themselves sharing the same cell. Where there is no escape, no compassion, no humanity, the most mun-iane of aspirations can bring back hope... ... Read more
A Gothic drama where Mother and Daughter live in symbiotic dependency in a run down house. Their relationship is tense and claustro­phobic. The atmosphere of repressed anger leads to violence and the unfolding of secrets from the past. ... Read more
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