United Kingdom

Stephen Frears – The Van (1996)

Bittersweet comedy about two unemployed Dubliners who open a mobile fish and chip shop. The film is set in a working class suburb of the Irish capital against the backdrop of the 1990 World Cup, when Jackie’s army made it into the quarter finals. Read More »

Sidney Gilliat – The Rake’s Progress AKA Notorious Gentleman (1945)

Synopsis:
Rex Harrison stars in this stylish British drama that caused problems with U.S. censors, who forced the film to be trimmed due to what was considered graphically amoral and sexual content for its time. Harrison is Vivian Kenway, an unrepentant cad who embarks on a campaign of irresponsible behavior after being ejected from Oxford. Among his many sins are seducing Jill Duncan (Jean Kent), the wife of his best friend Sandy (Griffith Jones), marrying a rich Austrian Jew, Rikki Krausner (Lilli Palmer), for her money, and dallying with the secretary (Margaret Johnson) of his father, Colonel Kenway (Godfrey Tearle). Read More »

Anthony Asquith – The Woman in Question AKA Five Angles on Murder (1950)

Synopsis:
When a fairground fortune-teller, Agnes (Jean Kent), is found strangled in her apartment, the police interview the people around her, but quickly establish that everyone saw the murdered woman in a different way. … Only when the police discover the true nature of the murdered woman, and the motive for her murder, will they be able to unmask the killer? Read More »

Oswald Mitchell – The Greed of William Hart AKA Horror Maniacs (1948)

Late 1940s British horror drama inspired by the true story of bodysnatchers Burke and Hare who became serial killers in Edinburgh in the 1800s. In order to make money William Hart (Tod Slaughter) and Mr. Moore (Henry Oscar) begin digging up corpses and selling them to the medical school. As the demand for dead bodies grows, Hart and Moore decide to get more corpses by killing the living. While they choose victims whose disappearance will most likely go unnoticed it is only a matter of time before they make a mistake that could lead to their discovery.. Read More »

Sidney Gilliat – London Belongs to Me AKA Dulcimer Street (1948)

Synopsis:
On Christmas Eve of 1938, the widow landlord of the boarding house at 10 Dulcimer Street, Mrs Vizzard (Joyce Carey), allows manipulative elderly dance hall coat checker Connie Coke (Ivy St. Helier) to put off payment of her back rent until after the holiday. The landlord rents out her basement room to phony medium Henry Squales (Alastair Sim), who performs a seance at her occult club. The mousey cockney Fred Josser (Wylie Watson) is given a clock at his retirement celebration by his firm after forty years of service and his crabby wife (Fay Compton) groans at his foolish contentment. Read More »

Tom Huckabee & Kent Smith – Taking Tiger Mountain [+ Extras] (1983)

Militant feminist scientists brainwash research subject to assassinate the Welsh Minister of Prostitution. Meanwhile World War III is being fought and refugees are fleeing from North America en masse. Read More »

Charles Crichton – The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Synopsis:
The first Ealing Studios comedy shot in color, Titfield Thunderbolt takes place in a tiny British village serviced by a branch railway line. When the government plans to close the line down, the locals are in a panic—except for a group intending to set up an expensive bus service. The local vicar (George Relph) concocts a scheme with the town’s wealthiest man (Stanley Holloway) for the villagers to run the rail line themselves; in this way they hope to prove to the railway inspectors that their branch is still worth keeping. When the bus interests attempt to sabotage this undertaking, the villagers respond by stealing a stray locomotive—and when this proves cumbersome, they reactivate a 19th century train engine from the local museum. Read More »