United Kingdom

Brian Welsh – Beats (2019)

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Black and White that bursts into vibrant bright colours for the rave dance scenes.

Scotland. 1994. As the Criminal Justice Bill clamps down on UK rave culture, ‘Beats’ tells the story of two teenage boys, best mates discovering music, sexuality, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth. Set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, ‘Beats’ is the story of the jilted generation. Read More »

Peter Strickland – In Fabric (2018)

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In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.. Read More »

Patrick Keiller – London (1994)

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An inspiring tale through London by pictures narrated by Paul Scofield.

NY Times wrote:
The city of London is not a hospitable-looking place in Patrick Keiller’s exceedingly arch cinematic meditation on England’s largest city. Filmed during Prime Minister John Major’s 1992 re-election campaign, “London” examines a metropolis whose stately old architecture is increasingly dwarfed by hideous post-modern skyscrapers and mocked by garish billboards. Read More »

John Boulting – I’m All Right Jack (1959)

Synopsis:
Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in their fight for power. Read More »

Roy Rowland – The Girl Hunters (1963)

Synopsis:
Private detective Mike Hammer (Mickey Spillane) is found by the police, lying in a back alley in a drunken stupor – the same drunken stupor he’s spent the last few years suffering from since his secretary Velda disappeared. But the police want him sober because they have a fast-fading victim of a shooting in the local hospital and he has requested to speak with Hammer before he dies. Hammer is taken to the home of police captain Pat Chambers (Scott Peters) and roughed up by the testy lawman, then escorted to the hospital where after another drink to steady his nerves Hammer speaks with the dying man, who tells him that the man who shot him is the same killer who is chasing after Velda… a killer known as The Dragon. Read More »

Terence Fisher – Dracula AKA Horror of Dracula (1958)

Synopsis:
After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany), the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker’s friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost. Read More »

Ken Russell – The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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Ken Russell’s Lair of the White Worm uses Dracula author Bram Stoker’s final novel as the basic springboard into a surreal and dark-humored tale concerning a bizarre cult and a series of sacrificial murders in honor of an ancient pagan god. When archeologist Angus Flint (Peter Capaladi) discovers the mysterious scull of an undiscovered beast, further investigation reveals a bizarre myth concerning a medieval knight slaying a fearsome dragon. Soon making the acquaintance of Lord James D’Ampton (Hugh Grant), the conquering knight’s descendant, Flint begins to learn of local lore surrounding the creature and soon discovers that, throughout the years, many unexplained disappearances have haunted the local populace. Read More »