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Justin Kurzel – Macbeth (2015)

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Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of Shakespeare’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn 11th Century Scotland. Read More »

Steve Oram – Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

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Ever imagined what life would be like if humans were apes in modern life? That is the portrayal in this deeply thought provoking mind boggle. Read More »

Rufus Norris – London Road (2015)

London Road documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street. When a local resident was charged and then convicted of the murders, the community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. Read More »

Nicolas Roeg – The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

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The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. Read More »

Tony Richardson – The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

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A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy’s reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor’s prize runner. Read More »

Michael Winterbottom – Butterfly Kiss (1995)

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Winterbottom’s theatrical feature debut Butterfly Kiss was released into UK theatres in August 1995. Set in a dystopian environment limited almost entirely to motorways, service stations and motels, it charted the dysfunctional lesbian relationship between the violent and erratic Eunice (Amanda Plummer) and the credulous Miriam (Saskia Reeves). In so doing it offered up a portrayal of Britain that had not previously been seen on its cinema screens. Although the film garnered mixed responses, a couple of reviewers such as Derek Malcolm seized on it as heralding the arrival of a remarkable new talent in British cinema (2). Indeed, the film was to lay out many of the themes and techniques that would come to define Winterbottom’s oeuvre. Read More »

Lance Comfort – The Painted Smile (1962)

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‘The Painted Smile’ (1962) sees young student Mark (Peter Reynolds) wrongly accused of murder. He is
lured back to an apartment by con-artist Jo (Liz Fraser), only to find her boyfriend brutally murdered on
the floor. Jo convinces Mark to help her dispose of the body which leads to him being arrested for the
man’s murder. Read More »