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Keira Knightley. Ian McKellen. Helen Mirren. Even more Helen Mirren ...
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Anna and the Apocalypse

Anna and the Apocalypse

A contender for one of the worst films of the year, look elsewhere than Anna ...
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English actress Kate Duchêne (Afterlife, The Worst Witch, An Education) stars in ROXANE, screening as part of the reignited Alliance Française French Film Festival nationally from July 14. When the chicken farms in picturesque Brittany face financial ruin, a Breton poultry farmer aims to raise funds by broadcasting his rendition of Cyrano de Bergerac via YouTube with his favourite hen and star-in-the-making, Roxane. Tickets on sale today πŸ“πŸΏ
As we celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, we also look back on how her formidable reign has been featured in a plethora of films and TV series over the years. One of the best would have to be Stephen Frear and Peter Morgan's THE QUEEN from 2006. You can stream Helen Mirren's Oscar winning performance on Foxtel or Binge and rent on Google Play or YouTube 🍿What's your favourite film about the Monarch? πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‘‘
While we eagerly await the reopening of Palace Cinemas in July, why not check out some quality documentaries on DocPlay? Our recommendations include: The life and career of one of Britain’s foremost filmmakers in VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH, an intimate portrait of comic genius Spike Milligan in I TOLD YOU I WAS ILL – THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SPIKE MILLIGAN, and the remarkable story of iconic band Oasis in OASIS SUPERSONIC. So, sit back, relax and click the link below to access a 45-day free trialπŸΏπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Perhaps a comedy is next on your watchlist? OLD BOYS is a charming boarding school tale set in the 80s, where unspoken crushes and social battles rule supreme. Available to stream on Stan or rent on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube πŸΏπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Legendary director Ken Loach tells the story of a family pushed to breaking point as a result of the 2008 financial collapse in SORRY WE MISSED YOU. Loach's characteristic visual style and storytelling explores the struggles of the modern British working class in this past festival hit. See it now on iTunes πŸΏπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
Feel like being transported to the UK? Virtually, of course. We’ve partnered with DocPlay to give you an exclusive opportunity to access quality documentaries at home. To get you started, here are some of our recommendations: two rock’n’roll tales in LIAM GALLAGHER: AS IT WAS and ERIC CLAPTON: LIFE IN 12 BARS, Michael Caine’s journey through 1960s London in MY GENERATION, and political leadership in WINSTON CHURCHILL: WALKING WITH DESTINY. So sit back, grab a cuppa and click the link below to access a 45-day free trial β˜•πŸΏ
A political thriller with an all-star cast, OFFICIAL SECRETS is based on a true story from 2003. As politicians in Britain and the US angle to invade Iraq, GCHQ translator Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) leaks a classified e-mail that urges spying on members of the UN Security Council to force through the resolution to go to war. Charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act, and facing imprisonment, Katharine and her lawyers set out to defend her actions. With her life, liberty and marriage threatened, she must stand up for what she believes in. Catch it now on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube.
Rewind to 2013 and Festival hit STILL LIFE was released, the multi award-winning film from Uberto Pasolini, producer of the worldwide hit 'The Full Monty'. The story of a council case worker who tracks those found dead and alone, STILL LIFE is a poignant and inspirational drama about a quiet, optimistic and selfless man who finds joy in helping everyone but himself. Available to rent on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube.
How does a film starring Colin Firth set in beautiful northern Italy sound? The compelling Michael Winterbottom drama GENOVA serves as a reminder of what makes this part of the world so special, particularly poignant during these recent trying times. Colin Firth plays a father who takes his two daughters to live abroad for a year following the sudden death of his wife. There are new starts and new romance but danger lurking around every picturesque corner. View it on iTunes, Google Play or YouTube
Another past festival hit, A QUIET PASSION, features Cynthia Nixon in a role far removed from her ‘Sex and the City’ character. Acclaimed director Terence Davies’ 2017 masterpiece was dubbed a bold and beautiful portrayal of poet Emily Dickinson and is a period drama well worth re-visiting. Available on iTunes, Google Play and YouTube.
We hope you are keeping safe and well. Rest assured, the British Film Festival is planning to return and present the very best in films from the British Isles. In the meantime, re-live one of the festival hits of last year, FISHERMAN'S FRIENDS. Set in Cornwall, the uplifting and picturesque tale of a part-time sea shanty group who hit the big time will be sure to entertain you with its’ wit, warmth and energy. Available to download on iTunes. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸΏ
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