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Adrian Brunel, Alfred Hitchcock – Elstree Calling (1930)

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A series of 19 musical and comedy “vaudeville” sketches presented in the form of a live broadcast hosted by Tommy Handley (as himself). There are two “running gags” which connect the sketches. In one, an actor wants to perform Shakespeare, but he is continually denied air-time. The other gag has an inventor trying to view the broadcast on television. Four of the sketches are in color (in shades of yellow and brown only). Read More »

Leo Regan – Don’t Get High on Your Own Supply (1998)

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How far will the artist go? Photojournalist Lanre Fehintola decides to experiment with heroin while working on a book about drug addicts. What starts out as an attempt to understand the plight of his subjects, ends up totally consuming and threatening his life. After five years of addiction, the documentary follows Lanre through a chaotic year as he struggles to complete his story, break his heroin addiction and find a publisher for his book. Read More »

Clive Donner – The Caretaker (1963)

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The Caretaker was the play that made Harold Pinter’s name when it was first performed at the Arts Theatre, London in 1960, and it remains probably his most famous. Two years later, Clive Donner’s film version began shooting, after producer Michael Birkett had raised the finance from figures such as Noel Coward, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Sellers, Peter Hall and Leslie Caron – all passionate admirers of the play. For the film, two of the cast of that original production – Donald Pleasence as Davies and Alan Bates as Mick – are joined by Robert Shaw as Aston, allowing us to see on film three of the greatest stage interpretations of Pinter’s characters. Donner’s sensitive film becomes a study of shared illusion, tragic dispossession and a fraternal bond of unspoken love, combining mesmerising performances and the magic of Pinter’s dialogue into a spellbinding film. Read More »

Alfred Viola & Roy Boulting – Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1971)

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‘Life for Richard Forbush, brilliant biology student and conceited philanderer, is one long round of eat, drink and be merry. But his decision to accept a six-month research post in the Antarctic, making the first detailed study of a penguin colony, changes all that… Living in Shackleton’s derelict hut, Forbush is alone at the frozen edge of the world, his only links to civilisation a two-way radio and letters to his elusive, would-be girlfriend, Tara, in London. Through an often ferocious winter in the company of the penguins, he grows increasingly attached to his hardy, endearing subjects – learning profound lessons in endurance and humility.’
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Joanna Hogg – Unrelated (2007)

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Because it has no conventional action or schematic story, “Unrelated,” Joanna Hogg’s dyspeptic portrait of upper-middle-class Britons on a summer holiday in Tuscany, is the antithesis of popcorn entertainment. The guests, who span two generations, convene in a spacious rented villa equipped with a large swimming pool and caretakers. The movie observes their leisure activities with a chilly documentary objectivity. Read More »

Nicolas Roeg – Track 29 (1988)

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In a small southern American town, housewife Linda Henry lives a unsatisfied life and wants a child to fulfil that gap, but her husband Henry seems more concerned about his model trains and receiving his fetish spanking from nurse Stein. One day in a diner, an odd and mysterious young English lad Martin approaches Linda and her friend. He seems to appear where she is, so when another confrontation eventuates. He admits to being her son, which he was taken from her at birth when she was a teenager, due to the reasoning of his conception. This newfound responsibility is bittersweet for Linda, but has it come at a price for her well-being. Read More »

Richard Billingham – Ray & Liz (2018)

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Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz. Read More »