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Beeban Kidron – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990)

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Jessica’s extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing. From seven to seventeen Jess is brainwashed to be one of the ‘saved’, to devote her life to Jesus, to follow the discriminatory teachings of Pastor Finch and his understanding of Revelations. As her warm personality dictates she succeeds in fitting into this regime and spreads the word of Jesus in a fairly content manner. But when her friendship with Melanie develops into something a little more ‘unnatural’ she easily realizes the error of the Pastors teachings. The girls are subjected to terrible treatment to convince them to repent. Read More »

Joseph Losey – The Romantic Englishwoman (1975) (HD)

By Peter Hanson
Saturday, April 7, 2012

A closely observed character drama with a few thriller elements thrown in for added tension, The Romantic Englishwoman has all the hallmarks of director Joseph Losey’s best work: evocative European locations, immaculate performances, subtle writing, and an undercurrent of menace. So, even though the story is nominally about Elizabeth (Glenda Jackson), the dissatisfied wife of successful novelist Lewis (Michael Caine), it’s also about Thomas (Helmut Berger), a German freeloader who claims to be a poet but really makes his living as a drug courier. These characters muddle through life, the Brits narcotized by their boring routine and the German energized by the dangerous unpredictability of his existence, until their collision produces an emotional explosion with lasting repercussions.
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Sidney J. Furie – The Boys (1962)

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Four teenage teddy boys are tried in the Old Bailey, charged with the “murder in the course of theft” of a garage night watchman, a conviction for which carries an automatic death penalty. Although initial evidence from the prosecuting counsel seems damning of the youthful gang, their unorthodox defence lawyer’s skilful arguments soon throw the jury into confusion and disarray. Read More »

Chris Hunt – Roy Lichtenstein (The South Bank Show ) (1991)

The documentary is a very interesting and informative survey of Lichtenstein’s work, structured around interviews of various art critics along with continuous commentary by Lichtenstein himself.

Lichtenstein analyzes several of his most famous pieces and explains his artistic processes and development in detail. There is also fascinating footage of Lichtenstein working in his studio. Refreshingly, Chris Hunt does a good job in presenting the material in a very unbiased, objective way. The film appears to be part of a series of documentaries for a British TV channel. Read More »

Jack Clayton – Room at the Top (1959) (HD)

In late 1940s Yorkshire, England, an ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner’s daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman. Read More »

Mike Vardy – Bon Voyage (1985)

BBC One London, 8 December 1985 21.15

Synopsis A series of stories by Noel Coward
This week: Bon Voyage
Screenplay by STANLEY PRICE starring
Judy Parfitt , Nigel Havers with Helen Horton
Michael Aldridge
Ursula Howells and Doreen Mantle
Cruises bring the most unlikely people together. That is one of their chief attractions and this particular cruise, on board the SS Mara bound across the Pacific from San Francisco, proves to be no exception. Read More »

Tony Smith – What Mad Pursuit? (1985)

BBC One London, 24 November 1985 21.05

A series of stories by Noël Coward

Screenplay by STANLEY PRICE starring Carroll Baker and Paul Daneman with Neil Cunningham , Jane Carr and Sandra Dickinson
If you were a famous English novelist doing a whistle stop tour of the United States to promote your books, wouldn’t you welcome with open arms the chance of a quiet weekend away from it all in a remote corner of Long Island? Of course you would. Well, let what happened to Evan Lorrimer be an awful warning…. Read More »