Here’s our round-up of film treats for this week:
Moviola venues are still open and showing films, so if there’s one in your vicinity and you’re able to attend a cinema, please do go out and support them. This season we have a selection of the best recent films and some classic which we think deserve the big screen treatment.
Find your local Moviola screening here:
1. London Film Festival 2020 at Home
Due to the current climate, this year’s London Film Festival has been brought to homes across the UK. This weekend sees Francis Lee’s AMMONITE, starring Kate Winslet & Saoirse Ronan, comes to cinemas on Saturday night. You may never look at fossil hunters in period films the same way again! This BBC & National Lottery Funded film is scheduled for release next year and we hope to bring this to our network.
2. BBC iPlayer
If you’re not feeling up to a cinema visit at the moment – not to worry – there’s plenty of viewing available through streaming services at home.
BBC iPlayer has an excellent selection of new and old films available to watch at your leisure. Our picks: previously shown film by Amma Asante, A UNITED KINGDOM, starring Rosamund Pike & David Oyelowo, is a remarkable true story of love against the odds; if you’re up for a classic then CITIZEN KANE is the Citizen Kane of classics, and for the slightly more adventurous, how about some haphazard fun with Terry Gilliam’s TWELVE MONKEYS?
All available to watch for FREE here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/categories/films/a-z?page=1
Netflix has plenty to offer as well, including last season’s well-received British story about ‘farming’ children THE LAST TREE. Another slice of home-grown realism comes in the form of ROCKS, recently screened in cinemas, dealing with a young woman’s joyous life with her friends and the crushing reality of her home life, with a superb cast of new faces and astoundingly natural performances. And finally, the latest acquisition by Netflix, THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7, starring Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron-Cohen and Mark Strong, comes to the platform with a true story of criminal injustice penned by legendary writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing).
4. Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime subscribers can also get involved with more Sacha Baron-Cohen content. The original (and wildly hilarious) BORAT should tickle your funny-bone as he investigates the USA to ‘make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan’, before the sequel arrives next weekend in advance of US election night.
Speaking of elections, THE PERFECT CANDIDATE makes for more serious viewing, as a young Saudi doctor runs for office in her local elections, along with the repercussions of a woman taking up the mantle in a male-dominant regime.
If escapism is more your vibe, then QUEEN & SLIM updates the Bonnie & Clyde/ Sugarland Express formula. Two great young British actors, Jodie Turner-Smith and Daniel Kaluuya, lead this Tinder-date-gone-wrong with plenty to keep you on your toes. For musical fans, we can think of many classics but how about something under the radar? Step forward Lars Von Trier’s DANCER IN THE DARK, featuring musician Bjork in a captivating folly of chasing dreams as a free-spirited young woman who dances and sings her way into vivid reveries. It also stars a stern Catherine Deneuve!