United Kingdom

Lawrence Huntington – Suspected Person (1942)

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Suspected Person was one of several Associated British Pathe productions released in the U.S. by PRC pictures. Clifford Evans stars as Jim Raynor, one of a trio of American bank robbers. When Raynor flees to England with the loot, he leaves his two accomplices at the mercy of the Law. Winning unexpected acquittals, the two crooks chase after Raynor — while Scotland Yard, hoping to recover the money, chases after all three. A very young Patricia Roc essays one of her first major roles as Raynor’s sister, while future “Dr. Who” William Hartnell plays a minor role. Read More »

Ken Annakin – Hotel Sahara (1951)

In World War II, desert hotel proprietors Emad (Sir Peter Ustinov) and Yasmin (Yvonne De Carlo) are caught between the warring armies and have to constantly shift their political allegiance to whichever army happens to control the area. Read More »

Brian Welsh – Beats (2019)

Quote:
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 »

Patrick Keiller – London (1994)

Quote:
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 »